The historic Macraes Flat goldmining town is well worth the detour if you are interested in seeing how a goldmining operation is run today. The enormous Macraes gold mine makes a spectacular sight. The scale of the operation and the scale of the vehicles used today is certainly impressive. This lucrative goldmine still produces about 170,000 ounces of gold annually! Tours of the current Oceana Gold Macraes Gold Mine can be pre-arranged.
Take a break at the Stanleys Hotel in Macraes Flat while you are there. The historic Hotel has lost none of its charm. You can also explore the old Golden Point Battery which is 5kms from Macraes Flat. What a contrast to how gold mining is done today!
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