More About Golden Nugget Discovery Tours


Golden Nugget Discovery Tours have been operating small group Ecotourism experiences since 2003.


We are based in Ballarat, Victoria, right in the Goldfields region.


Your guide is Andrew, who is qualified in Ecotourism, with years of experience and knowledge of the history, Aboriginal  culture, flora, fauna, geology, of the areas's visited.


Our tour vehicle is a 6 seat 4WD, so we can take you off the beaten tourist route, and show you the real Australia and meet the locals along the way. If you are a larger group, we can arrange a vehicle to carry up the 24 passengers.


Golden Nugget Discovery Tours is Free Independent Traveler (FIT) friendly, as we run to a minimum of 1 person for all our tours.

You won't be paying an extra surcharge either, just because you are travelling alone.  So you wont miss out on any of our tours to have your Australian travel experience.


As a Nature tour operator, we have access to all the National Parks in Central & Western Victoria, including the Great Ocean Road, and the Castlemaine Digging Heritage National Park.  This allows us more options in case of fire threat during the summer period, so your Australian travel experience doesn't have to be cancelled.


The business is a member of Ecotourism Australia and is Australian Tourism Business Accredited; a selection of our tours is Ecotourism Certified by Ecotourism Australia.  We are also members of the local tourism authorities in the Goldfields and Daylesford / Spa regions of Victoria.


Golden Nugget Discovery Tours are an Environmentally Sustainable Tourism Business; all our tours are Carbon Offset.

We achieve this by using Public Transport (Victorian Country Trains - V/Line) for non tour  transport to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. We also recycle Waste, Tread Lightly / Low Impact, Support Local Business, Plant Trees & native plants.


We were awarded the WINNER of the CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Tourism Award in 2007, and a FINALIST in the same Awards in 2008.