Indigo Gold Trail
Indigo launches new Shire-wide Gold Trail
The Indigo Gold Trail encourages visitors to explore many of Indigo Shire's fascinating historic sites and stories based on the discovery and pursuit of gold across Indigo Shire. In and around Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah, and the villages and countryside in between, evidence of gold mining remains - from the perfectly preserved streetscapes of the towns to modest miners' cottages, from mine shafts and mullock heaps to astonishing water races carved through solid rock; from Chinese Burning Towers and pioneer graves to historic government buildings, schools and museums all dating from those early, heady days of the gold rush of the mid 19th Century.
The Indigo Gold Trail ties these many fascinating elements together and offers visitors of all ages a new reason to embark on an entertaining and educational journey of gold discovery through the Shire's picturesque towns and countryside. Click here to take you through to the Indigo Gold Trail website.
The first stage of the project has involved identification of 40 sites across the Shire which can be readily visited and to develop an informative brochure and maps based on those sites. New sites are expected to be identified and included as the Indigo Gold Trail develops in the future. New Indigo Gold Trail branding at key sites Shire-wide has also been developed and installed in this phase of the project.
With the assistance of a major State Government contribution of $120,000, the first stage of the project has also included the refurbishment of the historic Powder Magazine, one of the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct's nationally significant suite of Gold Era buildings. Built in 1859 of solid, buttressed granite it was used to store large amounts of gunpowder used in mining and quarrying. This rare building is an excellent example of its type and considered the finest in the State. The Gold Trail has enabled a new sound and light interpretation and the installation of a high-tech visitor swipe card access and security system.
Stage One will also see the refurbishment of the Rutherglen Gold Battery to enable visitor access. Believed to be the only Government Battery in Victoria still in working order it dates from the late 19th century and is considered historically as well as scientifically significant because of its rarity and its intactness.
Stage Two of the project will see the production of a series of audio tours which will take visitors on an entertaining journey of the sites and bring to life the colour and the characters of the goldfields. A new website, Visitor Information Centre touch-screens and an IPhone app are among the new elements currently being researched and due for launch to the public during 2012/13.
The Indigo Gold Trail is a key component of Indigo Shire's Tourism Strategy and aims to bring tangible benefits to the community by giving tourists, school children of all ages and tour groups a new reason to explore the area, bringing economic benefit to local accommodation and hospitality providers, restaurants and cafes, retailers and ultimately, the broader communities of the Shire.
Please click below to learn more about the Indigo Gold Trail.
Last updated: 29 February 2012