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Maldon is a quaint goldmining town that appears to have been plucked directly from the nineteenth century and placed down in Victoria's Goldfields region..

The National Trust declared Maldon Australia's first 'notable town' in 1966 due to its well-preserved nineteenth century buildings. Visitors are enchanted by broad footpaths shaded by corrugated iron verandahs, buildings and cottages made from local stone, old-fashioned shop fronts and deep stone gutters. High Street is cool and verdant in summer with its swathe of deciduous European trees that strike brilliant colours in autumn.

Pick up a brochure from the visitor information centre to guide you around the town's historic streetscape. See the Post Office, Penny School, Battery, churches (Welsh, Anglican and Uniting) and the Court House.

High Street forks into two main streets, both of which are perfect for browsing antique and collectibles shops and galleries. Discover homewares, books, chocolates, herbal remedies and beautiful imported lace.

For a taste of Victoria's gold history visit the recreated 1850s goldmining town at Porcupine Township, wander around the North British Mine, visit the Beehive Mine Chimney and tour Carman's Tunnel.

Take a drive up Mount Tarrangower and get a 360-degree view of Maldon and the surrounding countryside from the lookout tower. Climb aboard a steam-era train from Maldon to Muckleford and back with the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

To get a taste of the area, follow the Maldon Taste of Gold food and wine trail. Sample local wines and produce from farmgates and cellar doors along the way. There are many regional events that showcase the area's gourmet strengths, so be sure to plan ahead.

Maldon is 137 kilometres north-west of Melbourne or about 90 minutes by car via the Calder and Pyrenees highways.

Maldon

Maldon: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Maldon Historic Reserve


Located in and around the township of Maldon, the Maldon Historic Reserve protects many relics from the gold mining era - abandoned shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, quartz roasting kilns, stone walls, chimneys and machinery - as well as the box and ironbark forests.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Bendigo-Maldon Road
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 2.5K from Maldon

Old Castlemaine Gaol


Looming atop the western horizon in Castlemaine sits a symbol of justice for the Goldfields. The Old Castlemaine Gaol was first built in 1861 and has been through many changes during its 130 years of operation.

Many criminals have been held in the cells, including some infamous characters. Come join Old Castlemaine Gaol for a tour to find out about its lengthy history and the secrets that lie behind the walls.

The Governor's Cafe is located in the former governor's house and is open for breakfast and lunch, Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

Guided tours of the gaol run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm.

Self guided tours run everyday between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Private tours are available by request.

Please visit the website for more information and for up to date information on events.




36-48 Bowden Street
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Located 14.7K from Maldon

Victorian Goldfields Railway


Authentic steam railway linking historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria.
Family fun - take the kids for a memorable day out. Watch the world go by from your family compartment as the steam train puffs up the hills.

First Class - for a touch of class step back in time to an era of elegance when the journey was as important as the destination. Ride on the end viewing platform on the parlour car. Enjoy a drink from the fully equipped bar.

Catch the train for a return trip from Castlemaine or Maldon stations. Castlemaine is 90 minutes from Melbourne on the Calder Freeway. For a wonderful day out, leave the car behind and use Myki to catch the V/Line train from Melbourne to Castlemaine where you simply change platforms to catch the steam train.

After a leisurely 45 minute train ride you have two hours in Maldon to enjoy lunch at a pub or cafe and then relax on the train (maybe enjoying a drink form the bar in first class) back to Castlemaine.

Trains run Sunday, Wednesday and school holiday Saturdays. Visit the website for more information.




Castlemaine Railway Station,
Hornsby Street Maldon
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Located 14.9K from Maldon

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum


Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum is renowned for its collection of Australian art and for its unique assembly of historical artefacts relating to the Mount Alexander Goldfields district in Victoria. Its art deco building, designed in 1931 by Peter Meldrum, is noted for its elegant design.

The collection is best known for major works from the late 1800's. Traditional landscape paintings are a feature of the holdings, including works by such artists as Louis Buvelot, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, E. Phillips Fox, Rupert Bunny, Max Meldrum, Margaret Preston, R.W. Sturgess, A.M.E. Bale and John Longstaff. Among the contemporary artists represented in the collection are William Frater, Arnold Shore, Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams, John Brack, Jeffrey Smart, John Dent and Wendy Stavrianos.

The collection also includes the largest holding of original artworks and photographs pertaining to the district surrounding Castlemaine. These items fulfil the Gallery and Museum's commitment to collect, conserve and communicate issues of historical relevance to the region. A selection of fine decorative arts including china, glassware and silver are among other attractions on permanent display.




14 Lyttleton Street
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Located 15.1K from Maldon

Maldon: Events

Maldon Folk Festival


The Maldon Folk Festival is located in Central Victoria and has been held annually for forty three years.

Each year a long weekend of quality entertainment at affordable prices, to suit all age groups, is provided.

Experience the legendary festival atmosphere, showcasing an abundance of music, dance and theatre in the historic, National Trust Classified Maldon township.


Event Dates
2016
      28th Oct
      29th Oct
      30th Oct
      31st Oct


42 High Street
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 0.1K from Maldon

Maldon Market: Handmade, Home grown


The Maldon Market is a monthly growers and makers market that brings together the very best hand made products and hand grown produce from the creative and fertile heart of Victoria, as well as emerging Melbourne talent.

From soap to soup, fruit to furniture, plants to pants, jewellery to jumpers, the Maldon Market has something for everyone.

The market features: gourmet take away food and great coffee; live music; kids entertainment and playground; beautiful gardens to relax in; historic township to explore; hand made arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, home grown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce.



Event Dates
2016
      9th Oct
      13th Nov
      11th Dec


Fountain Street and Shire Gardens
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 0.1K from Maldon

Maldon Primary School Market and Fair


The Market and Fair day boasts up to 100 high quality art and craft stalls and a variety of fabulous food and drinks.
A great range of activities for the kids and adults alike, including a jumping castle and face painting.

There is live music and entertainment kindly supplied by the Maldon Folk Festival in the main marquee, with poetry, musicians and bands playing throughout the day.

The market is held in the beautiful grounds of the historic heritage listed school in High street Maldon and has been running for over 20 years. It is the major annual fundraiser for the school with funds raised on the day going directly back into the school to provide more opportunities for the 105 children attending.


With the town of Maldon under two hours drive from Melbourne, the Maldon Primary School Market and Fair is a fantastic family day out. So come along and enjoy.

There is plenty of free parking and Entry is by Gold Coin Donation.


Event Dates
2016
      29th Oct


High Street,
109
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 0.3K from Maldon

Maldon Twilight Dinner


The annual Maldon Twilight Dinner is the flagship annual event in Maldon, part of the Mount Alexander Shire . Maldon is a unique town classified by the National Trust as Victoria's first notable town due to its virtually intact Gold Rush streetscape.

The last event had approximately 1500 people pack the main street and dine under the stars in Main Street, Maldon, sampling local produce and wines of the region to the strains of both opera and contemporary music. The town was fortunate enough to have special guests her excellency Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, and her husband Judge Anthony Howard, along with the Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Regional Development.

Diners can either make their own way to the event, or join the Victorian Goldfields Railway who operate the historic steam train from Castlemaine to the Dinner.


Event Dates
2017
      14th Jan


Main Street
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 0.7K from Maldon

Race The Train


Beat the train or beat your mates. Race the Train is a mountain bike race against the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway steam train between Castlemaine and Maldon.

Race the Train will start at the Old Castlemaine Gaol overlooking the Castlemaine train station and finish in Maldon 17 kilometres down the line. It will provide competitive cyclists an opportunity to race the train, and each other, with the lure of line honors as well as a cash prize pool for category winners who beat the train in the process.

But if racing is not your thing, you can still get involved by participating in the Ride, a family-friendly, non-competitive, scenic trail ride alongside the broad-gauge train line. Or better still, buy a ticket to travel on the train and watch the action unfold from the comfort of the carriages!

Both the Race and the Ride will travel along the dirt tracks and trails that run alongside or in close proximity to the historic broad gauge train line that connects Castlemaine and Maldon. This is an off-road ride on dirt tracks with only 10 per cent of the course on sealed roads.


Event Dates
2016
      13th Nov


36-48 Bowden Street
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Located 14.7K from Maldon

Maldon: Travel Tips

Maldon Visitor Information Centre


The Maldon Visitor Information Centre is your first port of call to learn more about a town steeped in history. The National Trust declared Maldon Australia's first Notable Town in 1966. Maldon was once among the world's richest quartz reefs, attracting a population which built grand houses and a very busy commercial centre. Today Maldon is a charming mix of contemporary experiences set in an historic streetscape.

The Visitor Information Centre provides friendly informative guidance about local attractions, icons and accommodation, open every day except Christmas day.




93 High Street
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 0.1K from Maldon

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