The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site consists of a large excavation
containing a network of pebble dumps and tail races. The tail races have been cut through a ridge of Bedrock from the open
pit to the River Ovens. Water for sluicing would have been delivered to the site by water races and then directed at the gold
bearing deposits. The technology was introduced into Victoria in about 1855. The main period for hydraulic sluicing on the
Ovens at Bright was during the 1870s-80s.
How is it significant?
The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is of historical, archaeological and scientific importance to the
State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is historically and scientifically important as a characteristic and
well preserved example of an early form of gold mining. Gold mining sites are of crucial importance for the pivotal role they
have played since 1851 in the development of Victoria. Hydraulic sluicing of alluvial gold deposits is an important key ingredient
in an understanding of gold mining technology as it was employed in country where water was plentiful and perennial.
The Canyon Hydraulic Gold Sluicing Site is archaeologically important for its potential to yield artefacts
and evidence which will be able to provide significant information about the cultural history of gold mining and the gold
A signed walking track follows the Ovens River past the sluice site, reached from the Star Bridge.