Hi. Tours of the Heritage Centre are self guided, we give you a map and a basic explanation and send you off to explore for yourself. Unfortunately there is no underground experience (for a variety of reasons) but there is much to see, do and interact with aboveground and well as a very good history of the Valley. Hope that helps :-)
The mine area is out of bound for safety reason but there are indoor and outdoor exhibits which some are interactive. Just look out for a hand sign.
The indoor exhibits consist of 2 levels. Level 1 shows the things that were used in the past eg telephones and machinery, and the other side shows photos and videos (news) of what happened during the crisis.
Level 2 shows the exhibits of the history of Beaconsfield tracing back to quite long ago. Certain exhibits have lost its history; its year of use could not be traced.
The outdoor exhibits are at level 2. You get to climb the stairs at the working area but do remember to hang your tag at the ground floor! The tag will be issued to you once you have bought the tickets. One tag per person. This tag is to tell other visitors that there are visitors at the top. I can't remember what is the maximum number of people that can be present at the top of the working area. This is for safety reason.
You can - guided tours available for 10+ but self-guided also fine. Details are on their website :)
Sorry for the late reply - as per all the above responses you can do a self guided tour - well worth taking the time to check out all the exhibits - the recreation of the small area in which the miners were trapped is food for thought !
No, you can walk the mine head plant which is situated on to of the mine hole, but cannot enter the mine itself. They have a demo area in the shed that shows some of the conditions in the area of rescue, and have many plant items for display. I think well worth the money. I bought a triple ticket to this and 2 other exhibits in the area. I think value for money in the end. The other two were the Platypus exhibit and seahorse exhibit.
Absolutely not. They are now flooded due to non use and even though there is still gold down there it would take many many years to drain and would not be viable. The mine closed for economic reasons not because of the disaster.
We weren't offered one when we were there so I can't say definitively. The above ground part is very interesting though and well worth the visit.
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