The Eldorado Dredge 

El Dorado-Byawatha Road Eldorado Victoria

Although the town’s main gold extraction was through open-cut methods, the gold discovered in the river flats wasn’t as easily accessible as gold found further up Reedy Creek.

In 1936 production of Cock’s large bucket dredge began, mining alluvial gold and tin until 1954. It was one of the largest dredges in the Southern Hemisphere – a floating monster weighing 2,142 tons and pulling the third most power from the State Electricity Grid after Melbourne and Geelong. In its 18 years of operation the dredge produced 70,664 ounces of gold and 1,383 tons of tin concentrate.

By the time the dredge was decommissioned it had dredged 30,000,000 cubic metres from the river flats of El Dorado Plain. It remains a formidable sight and graphically illustrates the extent of the mining operation in and around the town.

You can visit the dredge in its final resting place, located on the outskirts of the town on the El Dorado-Byawatha Road.

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LOCAL SECRETS

Nobody knows the secrets of Victoria's High Country like the locals do. The off the beaten track wineries. The rustic farm gates. The secluded swimming holes. The tucked away trails. The little restaurants serving up the big flavours.

We've pulled together a few of our best-hidden gems so you can choose your next High Country adventure.

Bikes & Walking
Serviced
Mansfield
Restaurants & Cafes
self contained
Adventure & Outdoors
Entertainment & Sport
Yackandandah
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Adventure & Outdoors
Beechworth
Retail & Wellness
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Natural Attractions
Kinglake Central
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Adventure & Outdoors
self contained
Adventure & Outdoors
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Culture and History
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Natural Attractions
Cooking Classes
Farm to Food
self contained
Cheshunt
Restaurants & Cafes
Wineries
Entertainment & Sport
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Wineries
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Natural Attractions
self contained
Restaurants & Cafes
Adventure & Outdoors
Restaurants & Cafes
Retail & Wellness
Restaurants & Cafes
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
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