You will find many examples of how the gold rush touched our region, but nothing compares to Maldon with its heart of gold. Maldon tells the story of early Australia with its streetscape a preserved representative of the era. Don’t let the old-fashioned façade fool you though, behind the doors are some fresh faces, with new reasons hit the road. Many will visit for the day, riding the steam train into town. Others attend Maldon's many well-known events, like the Twilight Dinner, Easter Fair or Folk Festival. To immerse yourself fully, stay awhile in an authentic miner's cottage, trek where others, many years ago, did before you, and take the time to unearth all of Maldon's nuggets.

GETTING THERE
Maldon is 1 hour and 40 minutes from Melbourne and 1/2 an hour from Bendigo

Today Maldon boasts an impressive range of community festivals and events, including Winter in Maldon, Maldon Twilight Dinner, Easter Fair, Maldon Photography Competition, Maldon Agricultural Show, Maldon Folk Festival and Mt Tarrengower Historic Hill Climb, to name a few. Make sure you time your visit right to join the festivities.

Main Image Photo Credit: Grace Koolen, winner of the under 18 Maldon Photography Competition

Nature Lab

Nature Lab is a beautiful wildlife property and studio hosting art workshops and events. Owner Sally Anderson enjoys painting the landscape, 'Plein Air' style, approaching the scenery directly from the outdoors and not in the studio. She holds classes for those interested in bush painting or just sitting observing and drawing the beauty of the silent tree in absolute peace. Her passion is infectious, and she has attracted some acclaimed artists to teach her visitors: Kerry Punton, Catherine Tait, and Mark Dober, to name a few. Find out more about workshops by contacting Nature Lab directly.

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Much Ado

Much Ado Maldon opened a decade ago, inspired by the William Morris quote, 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.' Now under new ownership, this philosophy still beats strongly at this iconic Maldon homewares and general store, where you will find classic, superbly crafted products for the home, garden and table.

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Victorian Goldfields Railway

The Victorian Goldfields Steam Railway offers a nostalgic journey between Castlemaine and Maldon. It's a fun activity, enabling you to enjoy the passing countryside and experience an authentic steam-era ride. In the family compartment, you can open the windows, listen to the whistle, and feel the wind in your hair. For a touch of sophistication, travel in the first-class art deco and Edwardian parlour carriages, and sip a beverage at the licensed bar, then sink into a cosy lounge chair. If you would like an extra memorable experience, you can go behind the scenes to ride with the driver, book into their monthly Ales on Rails event, or join a school holiday trip. Visit their website for all the details.

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Tres Doux Tres Beau

When you arrive in Maldon, Tres Doux Tres Beau is where you will come across one of those beautiful, eclectic shops which keep you browsing for longer than you intended. Owner, Peggsie Petersen, describes her business as a 'place to have fun and enjoy the fruits of Maldon'. You can shop for comfort with free-flowing, easy to wear garments as well as a range of bespoke pieces, including cuffs, headpieces and jewellery. The latest addition is the Duchess of Walmerrange, locally designed and made by Sally Anderson. And the fabrics say it all - antique silk velvets, for example. The loungewear range is very tactile, and exude warmth and luxury with playful and colourful fabrics. You'll also find Zephyr, another quality label: simple, well-cut, elegant daywear in cotton, linen, and velvet.

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Beehive Mine

The 30m high Beehive Mine Chimney is an iconic part of the Maldon skyline. Completed in 1863, it's the only chimney of its age and size remaining in Victoria. Visitors can stroll through the Beehive Gold Company mine site and take a close look at the chimney and a fenced mine shaft. Alongside the chimney are fascinating brick and stone remains for the boilers and steam engine that once powered the mine.

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Catherine Abel Gallery

Australian artist Catherine Abel seduces our imagination with her skilfully rendered still life and figurative oil paintings. Her influences come from a combination of the academic disciplines taught during the Renaissance and the stylised motifs and geometric shapes of the Art Deco era, resulting in a unique, creative expression. “Rendering beauty through the clarity of detail and the study of light is paramount to my work. I'm passionate about art history, and how aesthetics can enhance our lives and uplift our emotions.”
Catherine has been a finalist in the Archibald, Portia Geach, Sulman, Salon Des Refuses and EMSLA art prizes. She has exhibited in Australia, France and the USA, and her works are featured in private collections worldwide.
Visit Catherine and her works in her light filled gallery in the main street of Maldon.

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Tarrengower Lookout Tower

If you're looking for the centre of Victoria, you're not too far off it when you visit Mount Tarrengower. Tarrengower is thought to be an Aboriginal word meaning 'big rough hill'. The birth of the mountain belongs to a volcanic period in the geological history of central Victoria - made from ‘hornfels’, a metamorphic rock which has been heated and hardened by volcanic action.

Photo Credit: Geoff Palmer

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Tobin 54

Tobin 54 is located right in the middle of town. You're within walking distance of the main street, VGR train station, beehive mine, museum, galleries and more. Equipped with a queen-size bed, log fire, kitchenette, dining table, lounge and recently renovated shiny new bathroom. You probably won't want to cook, as you will smell the brekkie being conjured up at the Café Maldon next door, but owner Peggsie can provide you with a continental breakfast selection if you wish to snuggle down with a book or newspaper.

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