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Chokem Flat Campground

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Campbells Creek-Fryers Road, Fryerstown VIC 3451 (opposite the Coles Road turnoff)

Features

  • Free camping, no booking required
  • Fire pit
  • Wooden table (no seats)
  • Lots of space for tents, caravans and camper trailers
  • Gold prospecting
  • Dogs permitted (on leash)
Chokem Flat is a free bush campground within the fascinating Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. A huge clearing alongside Fryers Creek provides plenty of room for tents, caravans, RVs, and camper trailers.

The only camping facilities present at Chokem Flat are a brick fire pit and a basic wooden table with no seating.

Dogs are permitted (on leash) at the Chokem Flat Campground.

Gold prospecting is permitted here. Large areas of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park are open for prospecting, for more information on designated prospecting areas please see the prospecting guide provided by Parks VIC. 

Parks Victoria has an excellent Visitors Guide for the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. The guide provides the following information on the Castlemaine Diggings, as well as lots of other helpful info.

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park harbours fascinating tales of a golden past and retains much of its gold-rush character - from the evocative remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded fortunes. Between 1851 and 1854 the Castlemaine area was the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfield and home to tens of thousands of migrant gold seekers. The park is Australia's first National Heritage Park, declared in October 2002, part of the Box-Ironbark Parks and Reserves network.

Things to do and see

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park is popular for bushwalking, scenic drives, cycling, picnics, exploring the mining relics and gold prospecting. Picnic facilities are located at Kalimna, Vaughan Springs, Garfield Waterwheel, Spring Gully Junction and Eureka Reef. Vaughan Springs also has toilets and mineral springs. Camping is available at Vaughan Springs, Warburtons Bridge and Chokem Flat Campgrounds. The Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre provides an excellent introduction to the history and heritage of the park. 

The gold rush

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park lies at the heart of the central Victorian goldfields. The park is a rare place where you can see authentic traces of the great Victorian gold rushes of the 1850s. Sites and relics harbour secrets and tell stories about how life really was on the diggings. Despite the widespread impact of gold mining, the park contains many significant Aboriginal sites. The park lies within the country of Jaara people. The discovery of gold in July 1851 lured tens of thousands of migrants. By 1852, the population on the Castlemaine Diggings was 40-60,000. When the diggers arrived they entered a forest of towering ironbarks, with trunks commonly over a metre in diameter. The diggers uprooted the country, giving the place the appearance, as one newcomer remarked, of 'a great cemetery in which all the graves had been opened and emptied of their contents'. Almost every gully, flat and hill in the park was named in the gold rush. Many of the names offer insights into the ethnic and regional backgrounds of the gold seekers.




DID YOU KNOW...

  • 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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