Visiting Eldorado North East Victoria
Eldorado is a short 20 minute drive from Beechworth along the Wangaratta – Beechworth Road, turning off at the Eldorado - Tarrawingee Road sign. Or, you can drive through picturesque Woolshed Valley via Lavender Lady at Sebastopol while enjoying the bush scenery.
Visiting Rutherglen Wine Region
The small village has, the smallest pub in Victoria “The McEvoy Tavern”; a general store and Post Office; a wonderful museum housed in the Old 1870s School House; Eldorado Pottery studio; play equipment, BBQ and toilet facilities at the Gunhouse Park in the centre of town; and the largest “Historical Gold and Tin Dredge” in the southern hemisphere.
A Brief History
At the height of the gold rush in the 1870’s, almost 4,000 people live in Eldorado. Up until 1895 the main form of mining was via deep shafts being sunk to depths of 70 metres. Following the collapse of a shaft which killed six miners, open cut mining then became the norm and in 1936 Cock Eldorado Gold Dredging Company was commissioned with the dredge being reputedly the second largest in the Southern Hemisphere. You can still see the Dredge as it lies disused today.