Golden Nugget Discovery Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours conducts small group nature, sightseeing, heritage and wine 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.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.


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The Bendigo Discovery Tour takes you on a journey of 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


Daylesford and Spa Country Discovery Tour gets you out and about to experience the wonders of Daylesford and the Spa Country.

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 throughout Hepburn Regional Park and Wombat State Forest.

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.

Taste the local food and wine during Lunch at an old country store restaurant at Glenlyon.
You will visit the town of 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 to bring your bathers and towel.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet


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.

The tour takes you all over Ballarat to admire the city’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, Botanical gardens, Lake Wendouree, Mt Buninyong (extinct volcano), Woowookarung Regional Park, Statues, Churches.

You walk down Lydiard Street, with its impressive gold rush buildings, where your guide will tell of stories about the men and women that made this great city.
Morning tea is the famous Craigs Royal Hotel.

Experience the native forests and wildlife of Ballarat as you drive and walk in Woowookarung Regional Park and the ex volcano of Mt Buninyong.

Step back in time to 1860’s as you wander around the Sovereign Hill outdoor museum. Take a stage coach ride, pan for gold in the creek, shop in Main st, watch the blacksmith or see a pure gold ingot with $150,000 being poured.

At the Eureka Centre learn about the Eureka uprising which led to a battle between the gold miners and the British army.

Entry to Sovereign Hill / Gold Museum, Eureka Centre, Ballarat Art Gallery are all Included.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet


The Pyrenees Wine Tour takes you to the Pyrenees Ranges wine region 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 Sparkling Wine, 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 five star wineries for tastings, Cheese Platter included at a winery and lunch at a winery restaurant or similar with a glass of red or white wine.

Contact the Golden Nugget Discovery Tours for more information.

Non Smoking Public Toilet


The Ararat and Western Ranges Discovery Tour lets you discovery a wild nature and 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 you 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 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


The Ballarat Highlights Tour is a sightseeing tour taking you around the golden city of Ballarat, showing you the heritage and historic places of the 1850’s gold rush, plus modern Ballarat as well.

On tour you will see and experience great views of Ballarat from several lookouts, walk through the Botanical Gardens and amongst the heritage buildings of Lydiard Street, plus morning tea at the famous Craigs Royal Hotel.

Walk through the Botanical Gardens seeing the heritage trees, flower beds in bloom and Prime Ministers Avenue. Drive around Lake Wendouree with its boat sheds, war memorials and numerous water birds.

Visit the Eureka Centre and learn of the Eureka Rebellion, where the miners fought with the Government forces.

Visit the Gold Museum where you can learn about the life of the gold miner on the goldfields and the immense amount of gold that was discovered in Ballarat.

Experience the wild nature of the forests and wildlife on the outskirts of Ballarat with a drive and walk in Woowookarung Regional Park.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet


The Ballarat City Walking Tours lets you discover this enchanting city with its magnificent architecture on this fully guided walking tour.

Your guide will bring to life the golden history and heritage of Ballarat as you stroll along the streets of this city built on gold.

Walk amongst the gardens and statues of Sturt Street, the old law courts and galleries of Camp Street, the heritage buildings of Lydiard Street including the magnificent Railway Station.

This is the only Ballarat walking tour that includes the Ballarat Orphanage Museum in Ludbrook House.

Your walk will conclude with a cup of coffee/tea in the splendor of Craigs Royal Hotel.

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet


The Daylesford &and Hepburn Springs Highlights tour lets you experience the sensual, spirited and effortlessly stylish Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, which are the jewels in the crown of the Spa Country.

With its bustling main thoroughfare, Vincent Street is full of eclectic shops, you will find everything here from organic vegetables to antiques and art galleries as well as lots of foodie places to eat.

Daylesford’s twin spa village is Hepburn Springs, this serene little village is famous for the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, and iconic Mineral Springs reserve.

Come and experience the Swiss-Italian culture of the early settlers at Lavendula Swiss-Italian lavender farm, wander amongst the gardens and buildings of the farm, or maybe a coffee at the cafe.

If you wish to see Daylesford and Hepburn Springs this full day tour takes in the iconic places of both towns, visiting heritage/historic buildings, gardens, waterfalls, lakes, Convent, Bromley & Co, Stoney Creek Art galleries and locations of the 1850’s gold rush and mineral springs reserves.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

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