Today, the Forest Creek Gold Diggings occupies the remains of White Hill and Red Hill. There have been nearly 150 years of continuous mining here, and a remarkable range of techniques has been used to extract the alluvial (river deposited) gold. All of these techniques were versions of the panning process, whereby clay and gravel are washed away from the heavier gold, and all have left their traces.
Chewton was once the thriving heart of the Forest Creek gold diggings, and is now both charming and historically significant. This town is surrounded by the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park which can be experienced on foot or by bike via the Goldfields Track. Self-guided tours of the Park are also available, drop into the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre for more details. View historic buildings, enjoy a picnic amidst the native garden at Ellery Park, browse through antiques and collectables or enjoy a bite to eat at the historic Red Hill Hotel.