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Boxing Reef Mine Shafts

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Regent Street, Steiglitz VIC 3331

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  • Old mine shafts
  • Fenced for safety
  • Small information sign
  • Part of the Steiglitz Town Walk
Three old mine shafts sit in a grassy field right in the middle of Steiglitz, surrounded by quaint picket fences and adding to the town's gorgeous historical charm! Nineteenth century miners sunk these shafts three hundred feet underground to reach the prosperous Boxing Reef which runs alongside Regent Street.

Today the remains of these mine shafts make up part of the fascinating Steiglitz Town Walk, an easy half hour circuit filled with interesting ruins, relics and buildings of the gold rush era. The walk begins around the corner at the Steiglitz Court House, and is an excellent way to explore this unique little town. 

A small information sign sits at ground level by one of the shafts, and displays the following text:

Boxing Reef

Boxing Reef is one of the most famous of the many lucrative gold reefs of the Steiglitz field. Running parallel with Regent Street, it was central to the thriving gold-rush township. In 1855, miners could each claim a lease for 12 feet of reef. This unnamed shaft is one of numerous mines sunk to depths of 300 feet along the length of the Boxing Reef.



Established in 1980, the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body created to protect the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia.

You can support the PMAV in their fight to uphold these rights by becoming a member. You'll also gain access to exclusive publications, field days, prospecting tips, discounts and competitions.

Check out the PMAV website for more information.


  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.


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