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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. Water was collected from Hepburn Lagoon, about five kilometres from the Mill, then released into Birch Creek before being channelled into the water race to turn the wheel.

The amount of water required depended on the product being processed. The person operating the release gates at Hepburn Lagoon would be asked to release 'half oats water' or 'full flour water' for the shift's operation.

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


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
2016
      14th Aug
      11th Sep
      9th Oct
      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
2016
      29th Oct


High Street,
109
Maldon, VIC, 3463

Located 18.6K from Strathlea

RACV Energy Breakthrough - Maryborough


The RACV Energy Breakthrough provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an energy breakthrough.

School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles or machines within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough, Victoria in November, for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.

More than 5,000 student entrants converge on Maryborough, a further 3,000 will work as support crew and another 13,000 will be visitors to the event.

The Energy Expo is amongst the action of the RACV Energy Breakthrough and offers visitors and entrants the chance to relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The Energy Expo provides entertainment, fascinating energy efficient displays and opportunities for career advancement.


Event Dates
2016
      17th Nov
      18th Nov
      19th Nov
      20th Nov


1 Park Road
Maryborough, VIC, 3465

Located 22.5K 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.

View videos of both the history and contemporary stories of the region on their big screen display.




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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