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Strathlea: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850's. Standing today much like it was over 100 years ago, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. Anderson's Mill is located in Smeaton, north of Creswick, in an area well known for it's fertile volcanic soils and goldmining past.

Construction of the flour mill commenced in 1861 and it was operational within six months. The Oat section of the Mill was completed by the following harvest. Outbuildings such as the stables, grain store and bluestone office were added later as the operation expanded.

The water wheel was developed from designs by John Smeaton and the patterns cast locally in Ballarat at Hunt and Opie's Victoria Foundry.

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.

Creswick-Newstead Rd
Smeaton, VIC, 3364

Located 17.4K from Strathlea

Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm

Ten minutes North of Daylesford, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is an iconic property nestled among the rolling hills of Shepherds Flat. The 100 acre property was once farmed by Swiss-Italians, who came to Australia in the 1850s looking for new opportunities.

In the late 1980s, Carol White and her family restored and re-imagined the old dairy farm and it has become one of Victoria's most important rural properties.

European style gardens were planted out to frame and meander around the original stone buildings. Productive vegetable and herb gardens were established to supply the cafe, La Trattoria. Lavender was planted out to provide quality materials for the creation of farm-made body lotions and creams, room mists and insecticides, and essential oil.

La Trattoria eatery serves late breakfasts, morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas. Produce is sourced locally and from its own gardens. The cafe is fully licensed with a good range of local wines, beers and ciders ... including its famous lavender champagne.

Lavandula hosts three major festivals each year: Autumn Harvest (May); La Primavera (October); and Lavender Harvest (January).

The beautiful garden and La Trattoria are available after-hours for outdoor European-style functions, weddings or birthdays.

350 Hepburn-Newstead Road,
PO Box 35
Shepherds Flat, VIC, 3461

Located 19.8K from Strathlea

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 20.5K from Strathlea

Paddys Ranges State Park

Well-known for its wildflowers in springtime, Paddys Ranges State Park is home to 30 types of orchids and more than 140 native bird species like the rare Painted Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots.

Relics of the goldmining era scattered throughout the park. Visitors can retrace the steps of 'Paddy', a miner who reputedly roamed the area in the 1800s.

Bushwalking, camping and picnicking are popular activities in this beautiful Box-Ironbark forest.

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.

Ballarat - Maryborough Rd
Daisy Hill, VIC, 3465

Located 21.8K from Strathlea

Strathlea: 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
      28th Oct
      29th Oct
      30th Oct
      31st Oct
      3rd Nov
      4th Nov
      5th Nov
      6th Nov

42 High Street
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 18.5K from Strathlea

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
      13th Nov
      11th Dec

Fountain Street and Shire Gardens
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 18.5K from Strathlea

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
      29th Oct

High Street,
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 18.6K from Strathlea

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
      14th Jan

Main Street
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 18.6K from Strathlea

Strathlea: 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 18.4K from Strathlea

Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre

Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre offers a full range of guides and brochures for Central Goldfields and Victoria.

The friendly staff can assist you with finding a full range of souvenirs and locally made craft items all at very reasonable prices, Maryborough Postcards and Gold Nugget Pins.

They also have maps and brochures of Maryborough and surrounding towns. Brochures covering all regions of Victoria and some interstate guides. Accommodation and dining guides, guided tours of Maryborough (on request) plus self guided tour brochures. They also have books and publications on the history of Maryborough and towns within the shire.

Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre have a fax and photocopying service. As well as clean toilet facilities with baby changing and disabled facilities.

See the life size model of The Welcome Stranger gold nugget (69kgs) and photographs of old Maryborough and their historic buildings, local Parks and Wildlife Information and maps.

The Central Goldfields Visitor Information is located in the Maryborough Resource Centre Building Corner of Nolan and Alma Streets in Maryborough. Also in the building is the Maryborough Library, Community Information Centre and Exhibition Hall.

Alma Street
Maryborough, VIC, 3465

Located 22.5K from Strathlea

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