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Craigie State Forest Dam and Walking Track

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Stewart Drive, Maryborough VIC 3465

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Follow Stewart Drive from Trafalgar Street and you will soon enter the Craigie State Forest and reach a peaceful dam. The dam is surrounded by bushland and has a simple seat beneath a tree.

At the dam you will see a sign for the walking track. The walk takes you on a dirt road which winds through the Craigie State Forest, where you can see abundant evidence in the land of gold digging efforts from over 150 years ago.

A short way along the walking track is a cairn which commemorates the discovery of a 537 oz gold nugget by J.W. Rice in January, 1858.


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • 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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