"Maldon - my home" Maldon by Cheddar3463
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My husband and I used to love weekends away from the bustle of Melbourne. Every 4-6 weeks we'd spend the weekend away - Echuca, Beechworth, Bright, the Great Ocean Road, the Mornington Peninsula. One day someone said to us "Have you guys ever been to Maldon?". We'd never heard of it! So our next weekend away was to Maldon. From that time on we rarely went anywhere else, we were hooked!
Every few weeks we'd book ourselves into one of the many gorgeous little miners' cottages available as self contained accomodation and we'd spend a relaxing weekend browsing the antique shops in the main street, wandering around the old gold mines and diggings, and enjoying the open fires that most of the cottages provided.
After a couple of years we figured we might as well be paying off our own cottage mortgage rather than paying for someone else's. We started looking for something we could afford. It took a while but eventually we found the perfect place - a tumble down old miner's house on the edge of town c.1897.
From the day of settlement we spent every single weekend at Maldon doing up the house. We thought one day we'd retire there. Within a year of our purchase we were thinking we'd move in 5-10 years - why wait until retirement?! By the time we'd had the property 2 years we were planning to sell our Melbourne unit and move permanently.
Now here we are, 3 1/2 years as permanent Maldon residents. And we love it!
Maldon has the most delightful main street. It's what attracted us to it in the first place. It recently one an award (2006) for the best preserved main street.
There's many shops to browse, from antique shops and cafes to galleries, craft and book shops.
Of course there's the gold mining history with reminders everywhere you look. And the gold mining isn't just a thing of the past, it's still going on today. The Union Hill mine is back in operation - underground now rather than the old open cut. There's a viewing area but of course you can't see what's going on underground. We don't forget they're there though, we often feel the vibration of an underground blast.
Maldon also has a lovely old train station with the old steam engine to take visitors on a trip to Castlemaine. The carriages are original and well worth a look. For the kids there's Thomas the Tank Engine weekends.
It's a lovely relaxing day trip from Melbourne, or better still a weekend away.
- Pros:History, antique/craft shops, relaxation
- Cons:None! (unless you object to peace and quiet)
- In a nutshell:Maldon... step back in time
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