bendigo - Gold and Iron Bark tour

Day tour of the Goldfields in the Rushworth and Whroo Forests

In 1853 a group of desperate miners from the Bendigo fields decided to pack up and travel across land to the Beechworth gold fields.  Along the way they encounter a group of aboriginals in the Rushworth region who showed the Europeans some ‘coloured stones’.  This sparked the biggest gold rush in history.  The next year, gunpowder was used for the first time in Australia.  When they blew up Mt Balaclava the gold was everywhere.  Was this the mountain of gold that had brought the world to Australia?

In 1870, there was an estimated 100,000 miners living in appalling conditions at Graytown, and after over 5-inches (125 ml) of rain one night in September, flooded the mines that lead to the end of the first rush.  All departed except the Chinese, who waited for the water to go down, and there was more gold.  The Chinese cashed in and invested in business’s in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.  Many ancestors still run the establishments today.

Rob Asplin proprietor of River Country Adventours will escort the group

Tour itinerary

0900 Courtesy motel collection from Bendigo.
0930 Visit World Famous Bendigo Pottery.
1030 Morning tea at the Pottery.
1200 Rushworth, old mining town.  Browse old shops many classified.
1230 Lunch available from many outlets, inc. pub counter meals. (own expense)
1330 Whroo Forest, Balaclava Mine history of region.
1415 Whroo Gold Cemetery and Aboriginal Site. Afternoon tea.
1530 Tahbilk Winery, oldest in region 1860.
1730 Return to Bendigo via Heathcote, tour ends.


Coach Tour

$175.00 per person Inc. GST

Minimum 10   

River Country Adventours reserves the right to alter or amend any part of this tour due to environmental and other factors, however the cost will remain valid until June 30, 2015.

For Bookings and further information please contact us at River Country Adventours - Rob and Joan Asplin - phone: 61 3 5852 2736 -