In the middle of Victoria, Maldon is practically a 2 hour drive from anywhere. In a setting that is evocative of the gold rush days, Maldon yet promises a contemporary holiday experience.
History buffs you appreciate one of Australia’s most intact streetscapes – in 2016 Maldon celebrates its 50th anniversary of being recognised by National Trust as “Australia’s First Notable Town”. They also wouldn’t miss a ride on the steam train, a visit to the museums or a tour of a gold mine.
If you are looking to stay there is everything ranging from caravan parks, motel style rooms to cosy historic cottages – perfect for enjoying some local Shiraz in front of a fire.
The street is dotted with cafes, pubs and restaurants. No historic town would be complete without an ice cream & fudge shop, a lolly shop and deli.
Maldon is famous for its boutiques shops where you will find a good selection of homeware, Gardenware, art, clothing and much more.
Maldon sits in a region that boasts a lake, wineries and some classic Central Victorian scenery.
Maldon (Population 1,500) is located 135km northwest of Melbourne in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields. The town is nestled on the slopes of Mt. Tarrangower in an agricultural, pastoral and mining district. It has retained an authentic pioneer-like appearance with history of the gold-mining era being preserved. Maldon was declared Australia's First Notable Town in 1966 by the National Trust.
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The town itself was once a thriving metropolis. Maldon's reputation as a picturesque historic town, known for its intact 19th century commercial center is well established. One of the most important late 19th and early 20th century townscapes in Victoria, Maldon began as a gold rush town in 1854 with the discovery of alluvial gold at the base of Mt Tarrangower. It developed as an industrial mining town during the later years of the 1800s. As one of Victoria's richest quartz mining centers, various mines at various times recorded the hi
ghest returns in the State. Mining declined in the first years of the 20th century, the last mine of the era closed in 1926, and the town's population and fortunes similarly declined....
Compelling Reasons to Maldon
Exploring Maldon Itself – Maldon offers an authentic gold-rush era experience. Many of the shops, churches and houses date to the 1860s and have largely been preserved in their original state. In this setting you can walk, shop, eat and play!
Victorian Goldfields Railway – Give your family a shot of nostalgia with a ride on a classic steam train. Victorian Goldfields Railways run regular services and stages numerous events during the year, including the Easter Wine Train, and special Steam Train Rides for Kids. Check the website for details www.vgr.com.au
Gold Mines – Take a walk down a gold mine in “Carmen’s tunnel”. Learn what life was like back ‘in the olden days’, as you explore some of the mines and diggings that pepper the Maldon countryside, such as the Beehive Chimney, Maldon Battery, South German Dam and the North British Mine.
Shop till you Drop – Maldon has some of the best boutique shops in Victoria. There is everything from wine, garden accoutrements, patchwork essentials, linen and lace, esoteric gifts, elegant home wares, quirky clothing, colourful shoes, treats for pets, pre-loved treasures and quality antiques.
Coffee and Food - Whether you want to brunch cafe style, feast on great pub food or dine more elegantly, Maldon gives you a host of dining options, all within easy walking distance. Park your car or bus and just wander.
Cosy Cottages and Places to Stay - If curling up in front of a fire with a red in hand is your idea of heaven or you are simply looking for a room, Maldon has a good choice of accommodation from bed & breakfasts, cottages, motel rooms and caravan parks.
Lake Cairn Curran - There are numerous boat ramps and places to picnic along the shores of Lake Cairn Curran. The lake is full of fish and provides a secluded laid back atmosphere. In summer its sandy beaches beckon swimmers and other water sports, including yachting events.
Go for an Adventure! - Maldon abounds in interesting walks and there are a number of lookouts including The Rock of Ages and the Tower on Mount Tarrengower which boasts 365° views of Victoria. The Visitor Information Centre provides walking tracks around places like the Beehive Chimney, the South German Dam as well as the North British Mine.
Wineries - Visit local wineries including Welshman’s Reef, Chapple’s, Nuggetty and Chaperon Grange Hill for a delectable ‘drop of the doings’ and Cellar Door prices.
Museums - For history buffs, visiting Maldon is like visiting history heaven. Learn what life was like ‘in the olden days’ as you explore some of the mines and diggings that pepper the Maldon countryside. Learn about the gold mining era and the 19th century way of life when you visit one of the museums: the Maldon District Museum in the historic Market Building, or the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum, or tour Carman’s Tunnel with a local guide.
The Arts - Central Victoria boasts a large population of artists in every medium. Maldon has dedicated galleries and shops that showcase the great art of the district. The Annual Maldon Art Show held in the Maldon Community Centre attracts artists from all over central Victoria during July and MANet (Maldon Artists Network) hosts the Maldon Portrait Prize, a popular bi-annual event. Music also plays a major part in the local scene with regular Blues Club concerts in the Maldon Hotel, regular musical events in the Kangaroo Hotel.
Events – There is a fascinating calendar of events to keep you entertained. Whether you want to dine in the street, shop at the Monthly Maldon Market, enjoy the music and bustle of “The Folky”, dance in the Street or grab a bargain at the antiques fair or town wide garage sale there is something for everyone.