"Maldon" Maldon by Kate-Me

Maldon Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 53 photos

Maldon History

Maldon is a historic Victorian country town (population approx 1200) located about 140 kms north west of Melbourne.

The first white people in the area were pastoralists, after explorer Major Thomas Mitchell led an expedition through the area in 1836 (interestingly, a pink and white cockatoo "Major Mitchell" was named after this guy, and probably other things/places too)

Farms were started in the area, running thousands of cattle and sheep, but it wasn't until gold was discoverred in 1853 that thousands of people began to arrive too. And so the township began

Historic buildings

In 1966 Maldon was classified by the National Trust of Australia (Vic) as Australia's first 'notable town' (whatever that means), to be preserved whole, as it was, and this has gone a long way to protecting the town from such things as renovations or building of buildings which don't fit in with the streetscapes and keeping the buildings to heritage colours.
I believe this classification is one of the reasons why visiting Maldon today feels a lot like going back in time.
Some of the shops may be modern gift shops, woodcraft, homewares, chocolate shops and more, but there are many many others which contain old wares - many from around the era of the turn of last century, antiques, collectables, an old fashioned sweets shop, ice cream parlour, old style hotels etc.
It's pleasant to just wander along the streets, gaze at modern and old fashioned window displays, stop for refreshments at one of the eating establishments or takeaways, and 'take it easy'.
For the history buffs or those wanting more than a stroll, or you can go exploring further afield, taking one of several historic walks of the area (brochures available at the Tourist Info Centre behind the Main Street) many where you'll see reminders of the 70 years of mining activity. It's quite easy to find old mining ruins. On weekends the former Carmen's Tunnel goldmine just out of town is open for tours.

Annual events in the town include the Maldon Folk Festival each November.
More information: www.castlemainemaldon.com
Free Accommodation booking service: Ph 1800 171 888

Wandering along one of the the tree lined streets where autumn leaves are starting to flutter down faster in a gentle shower...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Old Gold workings, historic shops, plenty of places to wander
  • Cons:Doesn't seem to receive much publicity outside its local area
  • In a nutshell:National Trust Registered - a town where time seems to have stood still
  • Last visit to Maldon: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 17, 2007
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  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2003 at 3:05 AM

    Awesome tips and great photos.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2003 at 10:06 PM

    The main picture of maldon reminds me on Scotland ! The english landscape is never that far away ! Nice report !

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