Carman’s Tunnel in Maldon was commenced around 1882 by the Great International Quartz Mining Company, as an attempt to drive a tunnel right through Mt Tarrengower, 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 600 metres.
No gold bearing rock was cut, but the tunnel gives an excellent insight into the mining techniques of the 1880s. The 570m long Tunnel is dry, clean, spacious, level and easily accessible to all ages.
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.
Tours are run at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, & 3.30pm, weekends, public and school holidays, or by arrangement.
Adults $7.50, Children $2.50. Tour and coach bookings welcomed.