The discovery of alluvial gold in1852 saw thousands of miners rush to the the area. Tent towns sprang up along Yackandandah Creek from Staghorn, Allan's, Osborne and Rowdy Flats, through present-day Yackandandah and up to the Junction. The legacy of the gold rush remains today in the well-preserved buildings, tail races, dredge holes, mine shafts and relics dotted along creeks and through the surrounding countryside.
Gold and gemstones can still be discovered in the area. If you fancy trying your luck, there are a number of permitted gold panning sites available around Yackandandah. Don't forget to buy a valid Miner's Right before you go panning or using a metal detector. Permits are available at the Beecworth and Yackandandah Visitor Information Centres or at energyandresources.vic.gov.au
Karrs Reef Mine Tour
Don't miss a visit to the underground Karr’s Reef Gold Mine which dates back to 1867. Visitors can walk the length of the hand-dug tunnel with its narrow-gauge railway line extending 150m into the side of a hill where the gold-bearing quartz reef can still be viewed, as well as original miners' equipment and tools. Call the Yackandandah Visitor Centre on 02 6027 1988 to find out more.
Indigo Gold Trail
The Indigo Gold Trail ties together the rich gold legacies of the towns and villages of Indigo Shire, offering visitors a an easy and entertaining journey through beautiful countryside and fascinating historic sites. Click on the logo for full details.