The small town of Beaconsfield sits on the western bank of the Tamar River in the heart of the Tamar Valley Wine Region. Beaconsfield was one of Tasmania's richest gold towns. At its peak, there were 53 companies working the goldmines. The last mine closed in 1914 when the technology of the day proved uneconomical. This rich mining heritage continues today. Mining started again in the early 1990s when the price of gold and advancements in technology made the mining of gold more economically viable. The town's mining history is on show at the award-winning Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.