Walhalla Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Explore deep underground with a guided tour of the Walhalla Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. Find out what life was like for the miners, and discover how this became one of the worlds’ richest gold mines.

The tour takes visitors 150 metres below the surface and 300 metres into the hillside to the huge underground machinery chamber hewn from solid rock over a century ago. Old mining methods are discussed and a large outcrop of the famous Cohens Line of Reef can be seen from inside the mine.

Located at the north end of the living historic gold mining town of Walhalla, the mine commenced operation in 1865. Over the Mine’s 50 year history it produced 440,312 troy ounces of gold or 13,695 kilograms. It was the top producing gold mine for six of those 50 years. During that time the population was over 4,800 people, but there are now less than 20 permanent residents living in Walhalla.

Tours operate on total fire ban days, but not declared code red fire days.

The tour takes 45-50 minutes and is wheelchair and stroller friendly, plus there is a free museum and blacksmiths shed. Toilets are available.

Visitors are required to wear suitable footwear.

Tours are every day at 1:30pm. On school/public holidays tours are 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Facilities

Service Types

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Free Wifi

Fitness

Basic

Disabled Assistance

Wheelchair access

Membership

Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Services

From $15 to $50

Come and learn about the history of the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine in Walhalla, an original living historic gold mining town. Explore deep underground and discover what life was like for the miners, and how they extracted over 13 tons of gold from up to 1km underground.

Underground daily tours of this historic site are operated by the Walhalla Board of Management Incorporated on behalf of the people of Victoria. The tour takes visitors 300m into the huge underground machinery chamber hewn from solid rock over a century ago. Old mining methods are discussed and a large outcrop of the famous Cohens Line of Reef can be seen from inside the mine.

Each tour is conducted by a Mine Guide who is familiar with the Mine’s history and the history of Walhalla. Tours are informative as well as entertaining.

Tours are limited to 30 people. If there are more people than can be accommodated on one tour, additional tours will be conducted.

The Mine is well lit and ventilated – the tour doesn’t enter confined spaces and the whole tour is conducted on flat walking. The tour is accessible by wheelchair and children’s pushers.

Tours last for 45-50 minutes.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire

From $25 to $50

The Mine Manager, Geoff Anderson, conducts technical tours of the Mine by arrangement. Geoff is an experienced Mining Engineer, having worked first as a miner in the deep gold mines of Kalgoorlie and in the tin mines on the west coast of Tasmania – and later as an engineer in most countries of South-east Asia.

The tour lasts a little under two hours, with the group size limited to 10.

Overhand backfilled stope mining methods used in deep quartz reef mines will be explained, with discussion on how these methods have developed into the 21st Century. The group will also learn how the mine was ventilated, kept dry, and lit. Haulage methods in the Long Tunnel Extended Mine, and its neighbour the Long Tunnel Mine, were unique and arrangements for vertical and horizontal haulage will be explained.

After the tour, the group will enjoy tea or coffee while viewing plans of the Mine’s 8½km of underground workings.

The tour costs $50 per person. Must be pre-booked.

Bookings by or telephone.

Students and academic staff of recognised engineering faculties will be charged $25 each with one staff member admitted free of charge with every nine students.

Disabled Access

Carpark Pet Friendly - Enquire

$10

The Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine caters specifically for school groups. Bookings can be made directly with the Mine by phone or email.

Each tour is conducted by a Mine Guide who is familiar with the Mine’s history and the history of Walhalla. Tours are informative as well as entertaining.

The tour takes students 300 metres into the huge underground machinery chamber hewn from the solid rock over a century ago. Old mining methods are discussed and a large outcrop of the famous Cohens Line of Reef can be seen from inside the mine.

The Mine is managed by an experienced Mining Engineer and operated under strict State Government enforced protocols. The safety of our patrons and staff is of paramount importance.

Costs for school groups are $10 per head for groups of more than 12 students, with one adult free of charge to every 10 students. A higher adult/student allowance applies for special needs students.

The maximum number for each group is 30, but multiple tours can commence at 20-minute intervals.

Student Project sheets or Teachers Information sheets can be downloaded from the website.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire

Designed especially for photographers, this 90-minute tour allows you to enjoy using your camera skills in a truly unique underground space. The tour runs for double the normal time and accesses spaces the public tour doesn’t go.

Bring your own camera.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire

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