Golden Nugget Discovery Tours

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Golden Nugget Discovery Tours conducts small group wildlife, nature and heritage tours of Western and Central Victoria, Australia.

It is the ideal way for couples, small groups and individual travellers to experience the Goldfields region, the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, Daylesford and Spa country, plus the Pyrenees wine region.

Relive the history and heritage of the gold rush as you visit Ballarat and Bendigo. Explore the small towns of the area, the wild nature of the parks, and the food and wine of the Goldfields.

Walk with your eco-guide along the Goldfields track to discover wild nature and gold rush relics.

See the fantastic coastal scenery, from wide beaches to tall towering cliffs and rainforests of the Great Ocean Road. Walk in the tree tops of the giant mountain ash.

Experience the wild nature of the Grampians with its wildflowers, kangaroos, emus, waterfalls, aboriginal rock art and wonderful views from the cliff tops.

Discover Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and the surrounding Spa region. This region is famous for its mineral springs and spas.

The Pyrenees wine region makes some of the finest wines of the French Bordeaux variety. Lunch is included at the Warrenmang Vineyard resort or similar.

Facilities

Australian Tourism Accreditation Basic Birdwatching Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Cultural and Theme Tours Ecotourism Certified (EA) Family Friendly Food and Wine Tours Four Wheel Driving Full Day Half Day or Less History & Heritage Land - Motorised Nature & Wildlife Nature and wildlife Non-Smoking Public Toilet Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Sightseeing Tours The Ecotourism Association of Australia Walk Walking and Biking Tours

Services

Bendigo City, Bendigo - Goldfields

$204

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours takes you on a journey to the gold rush city of Bendigo. Bendigo in the 1880’s, was deemed the richest city in the world, the goldmines descended over a kilometre beneath the surface to get the gold from the quartz reefs.

The Bendigo Discovery Tour takes you to the iconic places of Bendigo, showing you the heritage buildings and 1850’s gold rush sites, as well as modern Bendigo that has made this such a grand city.

Descend underground at the Central Deborah Goldmine with your guide to see how the gold was mined, then travel on the vintage trams that travel along Pall Mall and other city streets to view the 19th Century streetscape grandeur.

Discover the life of the Chinese miners at the Golden Dragon Museum and Bendigo Joss House. Visit Bendigo Pottery, the oldest pottery in Australia, see how the pottery was made and view the original kilns. Bendigo is surrounded by the Bendigo National Park and Bendigo Regional Park, walk through Box-Ironbark forests with your Eco-guide, to see native fauna and flora. Finish the day off by tasting the fabulous wine at Balgownie Estate.

This tour is Ecotourism Certified.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking Public Toilet
Vincent St Daylesford

$235

Come and discover the wonders of Daylesford and the Spa Country with Golden Nugget Discovery Tours

This sightseeing tour discovers the Spa Country, from wild nature to tranquil lakes, thundering waterfalls, mineral springs to babbling creeks. Walk on the shores of Lake Daylesford and Jubilee Lake, with their many water birds and take in the surrounding scenery.

Your guide will interpret the flora and fauna as you travel through the parks.

See the regions waterfalls, Trentham Falls, the longest single drop falls in Victoria, Loddon Falls cuts through a basalt valley and the Blowhole on Sailors creek, which was created by the gold miners.

Try sampling mineral water from hand pumps and taps dotted in towns and forests around Daylesford and country, from the well known springs at Hepburn Springs to the hidden gems like Deep Spring.

Mix with the locals and taste regional food. Lunch is at an old country store restaurant at Glenlyon. See how bread is baked in an original scotch oven, at Red Beard bakery at Trentham.

At the end of the day, soak your cares away in the mineral water bath of the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.

Do not forget your bathers and towel.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking Public Toilet
Ballarat city views, BALLARAT - Goldfields

$179

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours are a leading Ecotourism operator with three high class tours of Ballarat.

The Ballarat Discovery tour is the ultimate tour of Ballarat, discovering the legacy of the Ballarat gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree lined streets of the city today.

Admire the city’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, Lake Wendouree, Mt Buninyong (extinct volcano) statues, churches Entry to Sovereign Hill / Gold Museum, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (Eureka Stockade), and Ballarat Art Gallery are Included.

The Ballarat City Walking tour is the original walking tour of Ballarat, that brings life to this Gold Rush city. Hear the stories of the men and women that made this great city.

Included – morning or afternoon tea at the magnificent Craigs Royal Hotel. Walk duration 90 minutes.

The Ballarat Highlights tour is a half day tour which takes you to the iconic places of the city, view the city’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, Lake Wendouree, statues, churches, and lookouts that provides panoramic views of Ballarat.

Included – morning or afternoon tea at the magnificent Craigs Royal Hotel, entry to Ballarat Art Gallery, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking Public Toilet
Pyrenees ranges - PYRENEES WINE REGION

$168

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours takes you to the Pyrenees Ranges in central Victoria. The ranges provide a stunning backdrop to a region that amply rewards those seeking wines of character and interest.

The Pyrenees is famous for its high quality boutique wines of the French Bordeaux variety.

Fragrant Shiraz and complex Cabernet Sauvignon excel through the region. Although traditionally a red wine region, the wineries are now producing high quality Methode Traditionale Champenoise, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling on tasting.

Varietals such as Sangiovese and Tempranillo are also emerging from a number of the wineries. The intimacy of the area is evident when visiting any of the wineries within the region. The winemakers are often on hand to discuss their personal wine styles with visitors.

The tour takes you to signature James Halliday 5 star wineries for tastings, Cheese Platter included at a winery and a two course lunch at a winery restaurant or similar with a glass of red or white wine.

Contact the operator for more information.

Non-Smoking Public Toilet Public Toilet
Ferns waterfall, Mount Buangor State Park - GRAMPIANS

$179

Come with Golden Nugget Discovery Tours on a wild nature / heritage experience of the Western and Pyrenees ranges of central Victoria, visiting Mount Buangor State Park to view the shy black wallaby, red necked wallaby and numerous native birds flying overhead as you walk along the fern track walk to see the waterfalls.

Next we drive along a four-wheel-drive track for vistas of the surrounding countryside and valleys of the Mount Buangor State Park before going into Mount Langi Ghiran State Park, to see unique wildflowers, an aboriginal art site and wild nature.

Before you enter Ararat, the tour will stop off for some wine tasting at the famous Langi Ghiran winery. The cellar door has fabulous vistas of the surrounding mountains.

In Ararat the tour will visit the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre which tells the story about the life of the Chinese gold miners who traveled from South Australia and found the rich Canton Lead on the Ararat goldfields.

After lunch the drive will venture into the Pyrenees Ranges to see wild nature and views of the countryside before entering Avoca to discover the gold and wine heritage of the Pyrenees region.

This tour is Ecotourism Certified.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking Public Toilet
Warrenmang restaurant

$1376

The Pyrenees Exceptionelles Wine and Wildlife Wine Tour is a two day wine tour for the wine lover who wants something more special, with the added enjoyment of wild nature.

Overnight accommodation is at the luxury Eco-Luxe on Mount Avoca winery.

Wine tastings at James Halliday Red and Black five star wineries of the Pyrenees and Grampians wine regions, with lunch and dinner at award winning restaurants.

Wildlife tour of the Pyrenees ranges by an Ecotourism Australia Green travel leader.

Non-Smoking Public Toilet

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