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A trip to Maldon
  • Farmstay in Maldon at Walmer Cottage
  • Authentic country flair at Nuggetty Cottage
  • Cottage for two, Maldon
  • The lovely house and garden at Fairbank House
 
A trip to Maldon is a treat for any history buff. Listed as Australia’s ‘First Notable Town’ by The National Trust in 1966, this old gold mining town has beautifully preserved buildings dating back to the 19th century and a genuine steam train. At one time in history, the town had some of the world’s richest quartz reefs, with wealthy fortune-hunters flocking to the area where they built luxurious homes and businesses at the height of the boom. Today, the miners have gone, along with the quartz and gold – but in 2006 The National Trust referred to Maldon as “…the most intact historic streetscape in Victoria.” It is truly a picturesque preservation of Australian history.
 
Fans of Australian literature and movies will be interested to note that several authors and artists live in the town, including Raimond Gaita. Gaita’s biographical memoir, Romulus, My Father, was turned into a movie starring Eric Bana in 2007. The locations in Maldon that were used in the film were the actual locations described in Gaita’s book. Additionally, back in the 1970s, Andrew McFarlane starred in the film, Break of Day, and the original buildings from the film continue to stand in Maldon today.
 
Movies and literature aside, the town is a delightful and picturesque part of Australia’s history and well worth a visit whenever you’re in Victoria’s Goldfields.
 
Things to do
When you’re not browsing the historic buildings and learning about the town’s mining endeavours, you may want to consider sampling some of the region’s liquid gold… its many delicious wines. There are 12 vineyards close by, and you may be lucky to find some new favourites to bring back home with you as a reminder of your Goldfield's wine appreciation.
 
To truly immerse yourself in the history of the area, consider taking the steam train. The Victorian Goldfields Railway travels between Maldon and Castlemaine, VIC and you may want to hop off the train in Castlemaine, explore the town, and then catch a later train back to Maldon. The train station that once stood in Maldon is in the process of being rebuilt following a fire that destroyed it in October 2009, and given the attention to detail used to preserve the rest of the town, it will likely be a work of art.
 
If you have found a passion for gold mining history, consider taking a side trip to Ballarat, which is only one hour away. Here, you’ll find the famous Sovereign Hill, where you can experience historical re-enactments and learn about the region while strolling through the living outdoor museum.
 
When to go
Victoria’s Goldfields are beautiful year-round, and Maldon is a delight to visit any time of the year. Consider going in winter, spring or autumn when the temperatures are a bit cooler and the flowers are blooming.
 
How to get there
Located 135km northwest of Melbourne, your best bet is to fly into Melbourne and then rent a car, so that you can easily check out the many historic goldfield towns and vineyards in the region.
 
Accommodation
Given how lovingly the town of Maldon has been preserved, it isn’t really surprising that the Maldon holiday accommodation options are every bit as lovely. Take, for example, Nuggety Cottage, a stone cottage set on 24 acres of hilly granite country. Here you’ll find cosy accommodation with an authentic country flair, and be able to relax and breathe in the beauty of the region. The hosts ensure everyone feels at home, and are able to welcome up to four people at a time.
 
If you prefer to stay in the town of Maldon itself, consider visiting Wywurri Bed and Breakfast, Maldon. This federation-style house offers luxury and location, with beautiful fixtures and easy access to the town.
 
Ideal length of visit
Maldon is a fun weekend getaway or a short break as part of a larger trip around Victoria.
 
Further information
The town’s information centre is a place where you will not only find out excellent information about the area, but also be able to view some of the photos and relics of yesteryear.

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