Having remained undisturbed for nearly 100 years, the Ah Ping Alluvial Mine has revegetated with beautiful tree ferns, myrtle and sassafras. Amongst remnant tall eucalypts, a natural grotto still shows evidence of manual mining techniques, including moss-covered rock heaps, and a tail race that still flows with water in the wetter months.
You can read a brief history of Henry Ah Ping and the Chinese miners of Branxholm at the Settler’s Hut, before taking an easy 20 minute circuit walk along the Ormuz/Arba water race and the Jubilee tail race into the mine. Here you can contemplate the feeling of place – “by putting oneself in another’s position, your wisdom reveals”.
From Branxholm bridge, take a short drive beside the Ringarooma River and then up the hill, to the car park next to the Settler’s Hut. A public toilet is available. The site is open each day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Entry is free.
Accommodation is available adjacent to this walk at the Tin Dragon Trail Cottages.
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