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Address: Leviathan Rd, Stawell, Victoria 3380, Australia
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Stawell Gold Mine is the largest gold mining operation in Victoria. The...

Stawell Gold Mine is the largest gold mining operation in Victoria. The mine is renowned (ambiguously) for being the hottest mine in Australia. The Gold mining operations in Stawell have been in operation more recently since the first owners commenced in the eighties. The current owners are Crocodile Mining and have several other mines. The Gold mine has a large viewing area along Reefs Road that runs alongside the portal that enters the mine and continues for approx. 2-3 kilometres in many different directions under the city of Stawell. The observation area has a commentary device activated by visitors to the attraction and visitors can observe the large mining machinery working the mine and also listen to the mining history in Stawell (since 1870's). There are many facets to the visitor area including a heavy bar that repesents the wieght of a REAL gold ingot bar (similar to those poured at the mine in the foundry). The mine at times offers observation tours to SOME areas of the mine IF the request is reasonable and can be negotiated with the owners/administration of the mining operations.

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stopped off for a quick visit

There is a nice observation area, that tells the story about the mine. Also the gold extraction process. Good for a quick stop off.

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Queensland, Australia
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Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a nice observation area, that tells the story about the mine. Also the gold extraction process. Good for a quick stop off.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Obviously on a Sunday you can only look into the operations from the Observation area, still felt a little disappointed I could not get a sample, I wish. Perhaps if we went whilst they were working it would have been more engaging. It is impressively big and goes deep underground so read the signs they are informative.

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Thank wvanderl
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Its fun to see the gold being processed. The chart outside the viewing area shows the Gold extraction process with is very enriching. Sample stones at viewing gallery are very enchanting. Nice place to visit.

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Thank Sach15
Lilydale, Australia
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

we stopped here in the evening after dinner and had a look around. Informative with old machinery and literature

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Thank Marianne C
Seremban, Malaysia
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

Lots of history and makes one appreciate the hard work put out by our forefathers . A must see place to learn , see and feel what it is like to live and work in Sovereign Hill area .

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Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

We unfortunatly didn't get to see much from the observation area. Was a little disappionted that all we could see was the high fences around the fields.

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Thank habanachooky
Bairnsdale, Australia
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Interesting to see a working site in VIC. Quite out of the town if on foot. wasnt able to see much as need a pass. Contact Site first before visiting, not to be dissapointed

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

You do not walk around a mined picking up nuggets. You dig out a lot of dirt and rock, which will usually contain a small amount of gold, which is extracted through various treatment processes. Mining is a hard and dirty job, though far less dangerous than it once was. You can get a glimpse of the mining process at... More 

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Thank Jeffry B
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Not sure how much of an attraction this is to be honest. The view from the top of the hill was the highlight but there's not much to see here.

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Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Fantastic observation deck with a handful of information about the history and the operation of the mine. You can even accompany the exact moment the diggers get into it to extract the materials!

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