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Population 1222

Maldon is one of Victoria's best-known gold towns and a popular weekend getaway for Melburnians. The town has been wonderfully preserved, with the wide, tree-lined main street featuring old buildings and shopfronts. There is also a tourist steam train. Aside from the cafes and galleries, the town seems unchanged from the gold rush days. Maldon was declared Australia's first 'notable town' by the National Trust in 1966.

Visitor Information

93 High St; (03) 5475 2569

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In Town

Historic town walk: grab a brochure from the visitor centre and take to the wide, old footpaths to discover the historic delights of Maldon. See preserved 19th-century shopfronts and old stone cottages. Highlights include the restored Dabb's General Store in Main St, and the Maldon Hospital in Adair St.

Museum: displays on mining as well as domestic memorabilia from Maldon's past, in heritage building; open 1.30–4pm daily; High St.

The Beehive Chimney: southern end of Church St.

Anzac Hill: the walk to the top is rewarded with magnificent views of the area; southern end of High St.


Porcupine Township This award-winning tourist attraction is a reconstruction of an early 1850s goldmining town, with an array of slab, shingle and mudbrick buildings moved here from other goldfields. The village, complete with a blacksmith's, a doctor's surgery and even a bowling alley, is located in rugged bushland on the site of the original Porcupine diggings, where the first gold discovery between Castlemaine and Bendigo was made. Visitors to the township can pan for gold, handfeed emus or take a ride on the Little Toot train, which does a circuit through the diggings. Cnr Maldon–Bendigo and Allans rds; (03) 5475 1000; 3 km NE.

Mt Tarrangower Lookout Tower: town views; 2 km W.

Carman's Tunnel Mine: guided mine tours feature relics from goldmining days; 2 km SW.

Nuggetty Ranges and Mt Moorol: 2 km N.

Cairn Curran Reservoir: great for watersports and fishing, water levels permitting; features picnic facilities and a sailing club near the spillway; 10 km SW.

Victorian Goldfields Railway: historic steam trains run from Maldon Railway Station (Hornsby St) through scenic forest to Castlemaine; operates Wed, Sun and public holidays; bookings on (03) 5470 6658.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Penny School Gallery/Cafe

Housed in one of only six Victorian heritage-listed buildings in Maldon – itself classified by the National Trust as Australia’s first notable town – this gallery cafe was a former denominational... Find out more

Zen Eden Produce

A lovely little two-storey 1870-built shopfront is the perfect setting for this most agreeable vegetarian cafe and produce store. Admire the pressed-metal ceiling as you check out the fresh organic and biodynamic produce... Find out more

Campsites around town

Butts Reserve camping area

Butts Reserve is west of town on Mt Tarrengower Rd. After visiting the collection of artefacts at the North British Mine and exploring the adjacent Carmans Tunnel, climb the fire tower on Mt Tarrengower and also scale... Find out more

Mount Alexander camping area (bush camping) 21 km

You can go bush camping throughout this park. Talk to the ranger about the best places to pitch a tent on the slopes of Lanjanuc, which is the Aboriginal name for the mountain. Along with Dog Rocks, the Langs and... Find out more

Vaughan Springs camping area 23 km

There’s only space at Vaughan Springs for a few caravans and a half-dozen tents, so get there early if you want to stay during holiday periods. To the north are the old Spring Gully Junction Mine and a walk along... Find out more

Warburtons Bridge camping area 24 km

This basic campground is accessed off the Vaughan–Drummond Rd. It’s in the same part of the park as the Vaughan Springs camping area, which may prove useful if Warburtons Bridge is full. Up in the north of... Find out more

Mount Franklin Reserve camping area 31 km

The crater of the extinct Mt Franklin volcano makes a wonderful setting for an overnight camp. Separated from Hepburn Regional Park proper by the Midlands Hwy, the reserve is an enclave of large conifers that makes a... Find out more

Waanyarra Recreation Area 31 km

This recreation area is sited between the original Waanyarra town site, where gold-rush miners set up their tents, and the cemetery. Over spring and summer, wildflowers will burst into colour here. To take a close look... Find out more

Newbridge River Reserve camping area 32 km

You’ll find the compact Newbridge River Reserve camping area next to the township’s main street, the Bendigo–St Arnaud Rd. Anglers set themselves up on the riverbank, while canoeists occasionally push... Find out more

Karri Track camping area 35 km

There’s not much space at this camping area in the west of the park, so it’s best to contact the ranger beforehand to check the availability of sites, particularly if you have a caravan. You can walk across... Find out more

Notley camping area 42 km

Notley is the only overnight option in Greater Bendigo National Park that has pull-through sites suitable for caravans. You’ll find this camping area off Nuggety Rd, which branches off the... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


This lovely 1880 house comprises a main house to accommodate up to three couples and an intimate pool house perfect for a romantic tryst in historic Maldon. Magnificently presented, owners Robyn and Ian Slattery have... Find out more

Mount Hawke of Maldon

This 1860s home has been beautifully restored to provide traditional B&B accommodation in three rooms in Australia’s first ‘Notable Town’ as designated by the National Trust. Typical of other... Find out more

Wywurri B&B

This Federation home offers private accommodation for one couple or two singles travelling together, with exclusive use of the front verandah and pretty garden. The main queen-size bedroom features beautiful linen and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 20 km

This strawbale house won a Most Energy Efficient Home award (North West Region) when it was built. More than 1000 trees have been planted on the property since it was purchased, and it is now an alpaca stud. The B&B,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Jessie Kennedy rest area 16 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Ravenswood rest area 16 km

20km S of Bendigo (R) or 130km N of Melbourne (L)

Just off the highway.

Jock Comini rest area 17 km

18km S of Bendigo (L) or 132km N of Melbourne (R)

Secluded off the highway among a few trees.

Happy Jacks rest area 19 km

At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)

Just off the highway among shady trees 100m north of facilities.

Vaughan Springs camping area 22 km

T/O 9km S of Castlemaine (L) or 27km N of Daylesford (R)

Small campground 6km east of the highway via Vaughan Springs Rd in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Facilities at nearby picnic area.

Bendigo South park area 28 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.

Mount Franklin rest area 31 km

26km S of Castlemaine (L) or 10km N of Daylesford (R)

Secluded area 1km off the highway in a shady forest setting.

Bendigo North park area 34 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway near the lake on the north side of town.

Huntly rest area 43 km

At Huntly

Small area just off the highway among some large trees.

Bridgewater Park Area 45 km

North west side of town via Dunolly Road and Brewery Lane

Large area on the banks of the Loddon River. Good shade.

Creswick South rest area 52 km

16km N of Ballarat (L)

Very small area adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Fair: Easter.

Vintage Car Hill Climb: Oct.

Folk Festival: Oct–Nov.

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