One of the main entrances into the Southern Part of the Loddon Valley, Tarnagulla provides a fascinating glimpse into the past. With its authentic streetscape, six buildings classed as having “State Significance” and a number of other old buildings. Today Tarnagulla retains much of the character of a bygone era.
At the very heart of the Golden Triangle and 7 kilometers to the East of Tarnagulla along the Poseidon Road, lies the Poseidon Lead, which is now on private property. .According to official records the Lead yielded the greatest concentration of large nuggets ever taken from one small area anywhere in the world. In 1906 John Porter discovered the “Poseidon Nuggett”, (named after the Melbourne Cup Winner of that year) weighing 703 oz.net, was found 10 inches below the surface. This was the largest of 98 nuggets listed in the 1912 Dept. of Mines report, found between1906 and 1912 at Poseidon.
The Poverty Reef in Tarnagulla yielded an amazing 13 ton of gold in 13 months. According to a 1996 media report, the Tarnagulla Goldfields yielded 420,000 oz. of gold in the 19th century. Gold has been found over a wide area in the Tarnagulla vicinity and more finds continue to be discovered, with today’s prospectors having a much easier task using modern detectors. With a rich history of both nuggett and reef production since gold was first found at Tarnagulla in 1856 and surrounded by other rich Goldfields, Tarnagulla truly is at “The Heart of the Golden Triangle”. Who knows when the next big strike will be discovered?
The natural Box and Ironbark bush around Tarnagulla with its myriad of wildflowers, birdlife and native animals provides opportunities to be enjoyed as you walk or cycle on the purpose built tracks. Enjoy camping in the natural settings, or book into one of our comfortable B & B’s.
Spend a Sunday discovering the charm of Tarnagulla. Search for treasures amongst the Vintage, New and Shabby Chic Collectables at Matilda’s. Visit Birch & Wells for hand crafted jewellery, glass and ceramics you won’t be able to resist. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and the old time country cooking at the Wayawa Café in the Park to finish off your visit.
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You will be made very welcome in Tarnagulla.