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ABOUT THIS REGION The Goldfields region of Victoria is a region commonly used but typically defined in both historical geography and tourism geography (in particular heritage tourism). It takes in a specific area of North Central Victoria, the major cities of Ballarat and Bendigo as well as smaller centres including Castlemaine and Maryborough. It extends as far north as Inglewood and St Arnaud. It encroaches on the Western District near Ararat. Other significant towns include Maldon, Creswick, Clunes, Avoca and Buninyong. Although the region has a strong association with the Victorian gold rush there are, however, significant towns associated with the gold rush and gold mining located outside of this region - notable examples include Walhalla, Warrandyte, Chiltern and Beechworth. The goldfields region is more strongly linked to the impact than Victorian Gold Rush than the discovery of gold in Victoria. As a result of the gold rush, the region contains many old buildings, some celebrated examples of Victorian architecture and some which are now derelict and some ghost towns and many of the towns were far larger during the boom times than they are now. The region contains a significant number of heritage registered buildings. Major tourism icons include Sovereign Hill, Eureka Stockade site and the Bendigo Talking Tram. The region is also associated with the Origins of Australian rules football, particularly as the home of Tom Wills, some of the earliest known clubs and games, the origin of the indigenous tradition of marngrook and Irish immigrant pastime of caid in Australia. Demographically, the population of the region is approximately 244,900. The region has a well defined road tourist route. The area retains a significant gold mining industry and remains a popular for fossicking. The Goldfields region is also associated as a wine growing region with a large number of established vineyards and popular wineries. An important ecosystem associated with the region is the Box-Ironbark forest, now much fragmented and cleared but still important for the conservation of many birds and other animals. INDUSTRY RESOURCES Regional Tourism Website : Visit Ballarat Regional Tourism Website : Be Tempted by Bendigo Regional Tourism Website : Visit Victoria Research and Statistics : Ballarat Regional Tourism Research and Statistics : Bendigo Tourism Local Council : City of Ballarat Local Council : City of Greater Bendigo Local Council : Mount Alexander Shire Council CREDITS Information Source : Wikipedia Image Credit : Maldon Streetscape : Tourism Victoria : 2005 Peter Dunphy Regional Map : Copyright 2014 GoPanda Communications GoPanda

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