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Ironbark Dam Campground

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Ironbark Dam Road, Kingower VIC 3517

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Set up camp for a weekend of bushwalking and gold prospecting in the Kingower State Forest, alongside the small Ironbark Dam and right by the historical Ironbark Gully gold diggings.

Several picnic tables and wood fire barbecues are spread out around the dam, and there is plenty of space to pitch tents or park caravans. 

How to get to the Ironbark dam Campground

The campground is located just ten minutes from Inglewood, a grand goldfields town filled with beautiful historical buildings and relics.

Take Verdon Street out of Inglewood and continue following it after it becomes the Inglewood-Rheola Road. 

In Kingower, take a left onto Ironbark Dam Road and continue following this until you reach the campground.

Gold prospecting around Ironbark Campground

The areas around Inglewood and Wedderburn are famous for their history of massive gold discoveries, including the unforgettable Hand of Faith! 

The region remains a popular destination for gold prospectors to this day. 

If you're looking to try your luck gold prospecting around Inglewood and Wedderburn, we've put together this handy guide to get you started!

Things to do nearby

Lookout at Melville Caves, Brenanah VIC

Take a drive up to Bald Hills to check out the panoramic views from the top, keeping an eye out for the resident wedge-tailed eagles who live and hunt in the bushland below.

Stop by to take a look at the Hand of Faith and Blanche Barkly gold nuggets' commemorative monuments nearby. 

The spectacular Melville Caves and Mount Korong are both a short drive from here as well. 


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.


  • 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. 
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • 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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