In September 1880, gold was discovered on a beach north of Bermagui. Named Montreal Goldfield, the rush barely lasted from 1880-1883 but nearly 250kg of gold was unearthed using only a pick and shovel. It became the only goldfield in Australia that extends into the sea.
This goldfield was also the start of the great unsolved Bermagui Mystery—the disappearance of a government surveyor and four other men.
The Montreal Goldfield, located on the far south coast of New South Wales offers a great outing for families, experience seekers, interest groups of all ages—Probus clubs, school groups, geologists, bushwalkers, birdwatchers, individual sightseers … and more. Dogs on leads welcome.
Guided tours by trained local historians reveal the mysteries and anecdotes of times gone by. Tours run daily at 2pm, or by appointment. Admission to the site is by guided tour only.
Follow boardwalks through the beautiful native forest, re-grown since the days of the gold rush moonscape where time has brought back to life a forest of tree ferns, eucalypts and orchids, inhabited by sugar gliders, lizards and diverse bird life.
A browse through the Heritage Centre highlights the intriguing stories told by the guides.Toilet facilities and drinks are available