A NEW audio series is taking people on a journey through Bendigo, Castlemaine, and other parts of central Victoria.
The Storytellers Guide to the Goldfields features 60 stories for 60 stops along the historic region.
Creator Jan Wositzky said the project - which was done in partnership with the Mount Alexander Shire and the City of Greater Bendigo - was developed over the past five years.
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"I looked up a lot of audio tours and most of them were only one voice speaking and very informational," he said.
"I find information without a story quite boring. I was hooked on the story side of it and it just kept growing."
Mr Wositzky said about 35 different people collaborated on the project - from actors and musicians, to historians and Traditional Owners.
While the idea was for people to take the audio series with them when they visited the places, Mr Wositzky said the podcasts could be listened to separately.
"It's online because it's the easiest way for people to download it and have it for free," he said.
"But because of the way it's put together with the music and the stories embedded throughout, you can listen at home.
"I think people will get a lot out of listening to it at home and having a virtual tour in their own mind."
Mr Wositzky said the work not only reflected the stories of central Victoria, but also the people.
"It's a testimony to the wealth of talent that this project could be completely created in the region," he said. "It's a testimony to local skills."
Mr Wositzky said local residents and tourists could explore the full audio series and stories at storytellersguide.com.au/audiotours/
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