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19th Century Chinese Baths

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Unnamed Road, off Possum Gully Road, Amherst VIC 3371 (see map for exact location)

Features

These fascinating baths were carved into the ground by Chinese miners during the 19th century and are still clearly visible today. This is believed to be the site of the original Chinese joss and bath house. One of the baths is well finished with smooth, hard edges, and the other is a much more basic excavation in the ground. Some piles of rubble are scattered around the baths.

These Chinese baths have been preserved with a wooden safety fence and a sign reading 'Chinese baths historical site'.

Alongside the Chinese baths is a large, clear area which is great for bush camping. There is a makeshift brick fire pit in the centre of the clearing, but no other facilities are present. 

The area is excellent for bushwalking and popular for gold prospecting. The baths are located in the bushland alongside Possum Gully Road, Amherst - about 10 minutes from Talbot and 20 minutes from Maryborough. You can drive right up to the site, no walking required. An unnamed bush road takes you from Possum Gully Road to the baths and camping area, see the map above for exact location. 

Just down the road you will find another fascinating historic site - Brogan's mud brick fence.

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DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!
 

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