Our Attractions

At Bendigo Heritage Attractions we maintain and operate some of Bendigo’s most significant heritage sites; Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Tramways and the Bendigo Joss House Temple.

Central Deborah Gold Mine and Bendigo Tramways have both been inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for excellence in Cultural Tourism. Bendigo Tramways was named Australia's 2016 Cultural Tourism Attraction of the Year at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Central Deborah Gold Mine

There are few places in the world that can match Bendigo’s geological profile as a gold producer. Each of our tours are personally run by a tour guide, which include some of the grandchildren and relatives of the original Central Deborah miners.

Mine Experience Tour: 61 metres underground. 60 minutes. 

Mine Experience Tour2Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp, descend 61 metres beneath the surface of Bendigo and walk in the footsteps of past miners!

Become enthralled by Bendigo’s underworld as you are guided through the honeycomb of underground tunnels with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides.

With only the light on your cap to light the path you will discover what conditions as a miner were really like during the gold rush era.

This tour is wheelchair accessible. All participants must be over 3 years of age. 

Underground Adventure Tour: 85 metres underground. 2.5 hours. 

Underground Adventure Tour2Gear up in overalls, boots, miner’s hat and lamp. Climb ladders, work a mine drill and search for gold with finders keepers!

Descending to the third level of the mine, you will be mesmerised by the lure of gold and the stronghold that it had over people as you explore the underground tunnels, drifts and stope workings that still contain gold veins.

This tour also includes a traditional ‘miner’s lunch’ served in the Underground Function Room where you will get a delicious taste of what life was like working underground.

All participants must be over 8 years of age.

Nine Levels of Darkness: 228 metres underground. 3.5 hours

Nine Levels of Darkness2Drop 228 metres underground in the original miners' cage to Level 9 of the mine and see if you have what it takes to be a gold miner from the 1900s!

Be guided through authentic mining tunnels by your Shift Boss who will “put you to work”, teaching you all the tricks of the trade.

Learn how to set a charge and operate a Mine Drill. Climb down parts of the mine shaft using the ladder way. Experience the thrill of following the cap of the reef up into a T-rise. After a hard day’s work, enjoy a lunch break underground.

All participants must be over 14 years of age. Phone (03) 5443 8255 to book your tour. 

Bendigo Tramways

Bendigo Tramways is a living piece of history that has been entwined with the city's identity since 1890 and provides a glimpse into the Bendigo of old. No other Australian city which closed its tramway system left track, trams and a depot behind in the manner that Bendigo did. Our Depot is now the oldest operating tram depot in Australia and we operate the best working collection of trams in the world.

Vintage Talking Tram Tour:

Vintage Talking Tram TourYou will be delighted by the remarkable sights and sounds of Bendigo as your tram tells you entertaining stories about the city founded on one of the world’s richest goldfields while passing monuments like the impressive Alexandra Fountain, the majestic Sacred Heart Cathedral and the stately promenade Pall Mall.

This hop-on, hop-off tour stops throughout the city allowing you to explore many of the parks, attractions, shopping and dining facilities that Bendigo has to offer.

One day or two day tickets are available. Free all day parking can be found at Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Bendigo Joss House Temple. 

Dja Dja Wurrung Tram:

Dja Dja Wurrung TramFor thousands of years, the Bendigo region has been the home of the Dja Dja Wurrung People.

For them, Country is more than just the landscape – it is a living entity which holds the stories of creation and histories that cannot be erased.

Discover the fascinating traditions of the Dja Dja Wurrung and hear a story more than 40,000 years in the making.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Tram is included with valid Vintage Talking Tram tickets.


Bendigo Joss House Temple

Bendigo Joss House TempleAt the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple you can discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold. The Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship, was constructed in the 1870s. Originally part of the Ironbark Chinese Camp, it is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia.

Dedicated volunteer guides look after the temple and offer great insight into Chinese culture and the story of the Chinese on the Bendigo goldfield. The Bendigo Joss House Temple is one of Bendigo's hidden gems.