In 1869 Gold was discovered in this region and it grew to become the administration centre for the Etheridge region before Georgetown was founded. The population at that time exploded to 3000 people living in a tent city consisting of 7 pubs, a soft drink factory, a hospital, a commissioner’s house, two stores and a butcher shop. Today our guests are taken out to explore what remains of the gold fields. They are equipped with a metal detector or a panning dish and shown techniques for finding gold, and then given the opportunity to find their own piece of golden treasure.
Morning tea is taken out with us, but we are generally home for lunch at the Gilberton homestead.
Highlights: exploring the old mining township, relics of yesteryears, panning or detecting for gold.
*Approx 20 minutes walking time
*How long are the tours? Approximately 3-4 hours. Generally these are morning tours so that guests have the afternoons to themselves.
*Can we do all 3 tours in 1 day? No. Two tours maximum, which allows time to relax and enjoy the tranquillity.