Carman's Tunnel, Maldon

A trip to Maldon, Victoria and I was lucky enough to be able to take some photos inside an old gold mine called 'Carman's Tunnel'. Ray, the tour guide was fantastic and went to great lengths to help me get some nice photos... Thanks Ray!

Carman's Tunnel

Situated 2.7 Km south of Maldon, Australia's "First Notable Town."

This tunnel was commenced around 1882 by the Great International Quartz Mining Company, as an attempt to drive a tunnel right through Mt Tarrangower, intersecting the rich gold-bearing reefs that had been mined previously from shaft type mines on the mount. Work was abandoned at the end of 1884 after progressing only around 600meters. No gold bearing rock was cut, but the tunnel gives an excellent insight into the mining techniques of the 1880s. The tunnel was opened to the public in 1964 by the Maldon Progress Association and is operated today by a Committee of Management.

The tunnel was driven through solid rock in the search for gold by the Great International Quartz Mining Company between November 1882 and December 1884. It is known locally as "Carman's Tunnel" from the gully in which it is located.

The 570m (1870ft) long Tunnel is dry, clean, spacious, level and easily accessible to all ages. Wheelchair friendly.

Like the miners who drove the Tunnel, you will see by candlelight the unaltered features and techniques of gold mining in the 1880s just as they were left. Experience the tunnel's warmth in the winter and coolness during the summer periods.