A great day out - so much to do. Kids loved the gold panning and of course the steam train. Staff are happy to talk to you about the history of it all. Kids can run around. Has a cafe but I would recommend taking a packed lunch instead.
Would recommend going on a warm day, we went on a freezing cold day! Was still really fun though, I booked online to save money on the entry fee. The kids had photos taken in old fashioned clothes, we were really happy with how they turned out! Gold panning was a bit disappointing-I think the kids were hoping for more gold. All in all was a fun day out!
We love Shantytown! Take a few hours to explore the historical goldfields village, the old township, movie theatre, Chinatown and to do the walks around the village. The steam train rides are a must, and the gold panning is fun too. Give the cafe a miss, the food is absolutely terrible, and the ladies at reception aren't very friendly, but the train drivers and gold miner are lovely and will have a good yarn with you.
Really fantastic place! There is so much to see and do that you could keep going back. Easy to spend an entire day lost exploring this wonderful place. The exhibits are set up fantastically. Such an awesome experience. If you're a local then it's a great deal to get a yearly pass and enjoy it over and over again.
316 Rutherglen Road Rutherglen Greymouth 7805
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