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Golden Plains is the link between three of the most popular tourism destinations in Victoria - Geelong, Great Ocean Road and the Ballarat Goldfields.

Golden Plains boasts stunning natural attractions in the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Enfield State Park and many other open spaces that provide visitors access to great walking trails and picnic areas. The shire has a rich gold mining history with over 500 disused mine sites, including Jubilee Mine, and many historic gold mining towns such as Smythesdale, Linton and Steiglitz.

Recreation trails such as the Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail and numerous walking track in the parks provide opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Golden Plains is recognised as a well respected and growing food and wine region. The many wineries dotted along the Moorabool Valley near Bannockburn, produce some of the best wines in Australia. The Moorabool Valley is home to a well established wine industry, including Lethbridge Wines, Austin's Barrabool Wines, Clyde Park Vineyard, Amietta Wines and Eagle's Rise.

Rolling green hills, golden fields of canola and wheat, rugged bush landscapes and rocky plains span the Shire from its historic gold mining towns in the north and east, to the river valleys in its south.

  • For more information on the wineries in the region, contact
  • For your copy of the Golden Plains Tourist Map, please contact Customer Service on 03 5220 7111
  • For more information on the Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail visit Railtrails Australia at
  • For further information on the national parks visit Parks Victoria at
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