Sunday, July 17, 2011

A holiday excursion..

Before the holidays, the 11yo came home from school with a free pass to the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo in recognition of her efforts in the 'Gold' topic they had been studying! She was excited to go and with sports activities and school starting back up again next week, this was going to be our last chance for a while. Here are a few pics of our excursion...

Did you ever play quoits? Memories!

Not in use since the 1950's, the mine offers a fun experience for kids and adults. Greeted by our hilarious host, 'Bluey' (see second photo), the tour is full of historical anecdotes with a (noisy) demonstration or two on how the gold is extracted deep underground. The tour runs for 75 minutes although allow another hour or so to explore the outside displays and to pan for gold.

Central Deborah is also the pick up and drop off depot for the Talking Tram which travels through the streets of Bendigo. Take a jacket if you're planning on going down the mines...it's chilly!

Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo, Victoria.






11 comments:

  1. I love Bendigo in general...the Chinese Temple, the Talking Tram, the mine, Eucalyptus Oil extraction and on and on.

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  2. I can remember "panning for gold" when I was a kid on holiday in Bendigo. What fun that you all got to do this.

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  3. Looks like a fun excursion. I work at Beaconsfield Tasmania where there is a gold mine so some if it looked familiar.
    Deb

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  4. Looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing the pics! :)

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  5. looks like a great day out, without hoards for company

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  6. Sounds like a great day Cristine, I love playing quoits!
    Thanks heaps for the link to ravelry, although I really didn't need it, LOL, I'll be up till midnight! It's fantastic!
    Funny you having the same crochet book, it's a good one...I plan on giving the slippers ago sometime soon,Pg 18. Will keep you posted. :)

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  7. How fun! Reminds me of our trip to Alaska when we visited a gold mine in Fairbanks. Panning for gold was one of the highlights of our trip! Did you get any?

    Erin @ Dutch Girl Diary

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  8. I've never been down that way. Looks like lots of fun.
    Quoits, Mr Chocolate and I were playing in Tasmania at one place. We couldn't leave until one of us got them all on. *sigh* we were there for ages.

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  9. That looks really cool, what a fun field trip! Great pictures! :)

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  10. That looks like an interesting place to visit. Panning for gold looks like fun.

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  11. Thankyou all! It was a fun day out and you're right, Kirsty, there weren't hoards about -although we missed out on the tour we had arrived for - it pays to book.

    Gooseberry - LOVE those slippers, mousey cuteness!! Ravelry is fantastic, I keep finding more features over there - have fun browsing! :)

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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