posted on 04 May 22 | by

This Mother’s day, treat your mum to a unique and very Castlemaine, Maldon and Surrounds treat. We have gathered up some of our favourites, from unique shopping to world class dining. Now, we know that Mum’s come in all shapes and sizes so to help you find something perfect for your Mum we have thought a little outside the box! Why not do a little mix and match for the perfect gift or experience and take out the top spot for favourite child this year!

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Shopping for the mum who likes something a little different

Treat Mum to a gift as unique as she is! The kooky and cool wares found at Merchants of Mostyn boasts a beautifully curated range of art, jewelry and truly show stopping local clothing! Why not take Mum for brunch and a shopping feast in this beautifully quirky store.

If vintage is her thing, there really isn’t a better place to treasure hunt then the vintage shops in and around our region. If you’re in Maldon, you can’t go past Tansley & Co Vintage Merchants. A stroll around this historic town will inspire a purchase with as much story and history as your number one Mum. Featuring an extensive selection of antique furniture, china, crystal and quirky preloved vintage goods you’ll also find a beautiful range of vintage inspired candles, soaps, cards and gift tags in store.

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Enjoy a brew with the beer loving mum

Show your adoration for your beer loving mum with a mixed taster by Loveshack Beers or Shedshaker Brewing six pack. Handcrafted and small batch in size, these two brewers punch well above their weight in taste and cool factor with super fun and fresh variety of beers to suit any mum. Shedshaker base themselves at the Taproom at The Mill slinging beers and serving tasty pizzas. Loveshack currently sell beers from their shop down the road from Theatre Royal Castlemaine but watch this space…brewery bar coming soon!

If Mum prefers the clean crisp taste of cider, then get some of the best cider around at Harcourt Cider direct from the town known for their apples. All of Harcourt Apple Cider delicious beverages are produced from Real Australian Apples and Pears grown in Harcourt and surrounding areas, check out their oh too cute retail store, The Little Red Apple in Barkers Creek where you can sample their range!

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Get active with your nature loving Mum

Pack a picnic and get lost in nature!

Of course our pick for the best views and walks is our namesake park, Mount Alexander Regional Park/Leanganook. Enjoy bushwalking, picnics, lookouts with stunning views and a chance to see some of Australia's iconic wildlife. For a more relaxed walk with amazing views over the region, we suggest checking out Langs Lookout, which is a short walk from where you can park your car. There are many more walks in the Park for every fitness level, and for the wildlife lovers, keep your eyes peeled for Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies, as well as an abundance of native bird species.

Up in the Mountain Bike park, La Larr Ba Gauwa, you will find Harcourt’s best kept secret, a fairytale like oak forest. With Mother’s Day falling in Autumn, this is the perfect time to visit this beautiful location. The forest is perfect for a stroll and a picnic while feeling like you’ve been transported to Europe. Enjoy being surrounded by oak trees turning the captivating shades of red, yellow and orange as they prepare for the winter.

Where to get a picnic? Pop in to Harcourt Produce & General Store and choose delicious house baked cakes, pies and pasties, and a selection of local produce and beverages.

If you are staying nearby in Castlemaine, check out the produce available at The Mill. There is Oakwood Smallgoods Co for authentic small goods, Long Paddock Cheese for delicious cheese and butter, Sprout Bakery for your baked goods, Cabosse and Feve chocolatier for your dessert and Frankie Espresso for a coffee, plus many more! Or pop into Mulberries Deli, a hidden gem in Castlemaine where you'll find artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and many other treats for the perfect picnic! 

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Bon Appetite to your foodie Mum

Being a region full of inspiring produce, it is of no surprise that we also can cater for the most discerning foodie matriarch! Forming part of the Central Victorian UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation, our region has some of the most passionate gastronomy enthusiasts around. Here are three of our picks for world class dining in the region.

Table et Terroir brings a taste of France to regional Victoria, with Chef Cedric Bricnet – originally from Lille – and partner Clare Shamier providing good food with good company at this restaurant. The cosy tables offer glimpses of historic Maldon outside while you feast on perfectly curated seasonal set menus inside.

Celebrate the regions best farmers, producers and winemakers at Wild, located in the heart of Castlemaine, in a gorgeously fitted out historic Fire Station building. The flexible menu is based around sharing plates and enjoy a casual drink while watching the world go by. 

Founded by locals Loudon Cooper and Alexander Marano, Bar Midland is a love letter to the state of Victoria and stands as a blueprint for the future of sustainable dining. Their menu focuses on dining that is sourced, grown, and produced within the state of Victoria. Book a much sought after table in their dining room to enjoy the monthly changing set menu or enjoy cocktails and snacks at the Radio Room in the historic Midland Hotel.

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Cheers to the Mum's who love a tipple

Of course, we finish with the Mum’s who love (or need!) a tipple. There are plenty of choices for Mum, why not take them on a tasting tour through the Goldfields! Kick things off in Castlemaine with the lovely folks at Boomtown Wine. Located in the bustling precinct, The Mill, winemaker Tim Sproal sources his fruit from around the region to create both blends and single-estate wines. Check out their very funky warehouse space with pop up restaurants and great vibes.

Next find your way to multi award winning (over 500!) wine at Harcourt Valley Vineyards. Harcourt Valley is the oldest vineyard in the region, producing some of the area’s best wines, currently rated as a 5 star winery by James Halliday. Slow down and take it the beautiful views of Harcourt with its beautiful tasting area, a common local venue for weddings and functions.

While you’re in Harcourt, pop into the newest cellar door at the Lome/Bress winery. Previously two separate wineries, these two labels under one roof mean more variety and diversity for your wine loving Mum. They might have even spotted their Bress label in the latest episodes of Master Chef!

Then take the final stop at Sutton Grange Winery. Sutton Grange Winery has cemented its position as one of Australia’s finest wine producers. Join them for a Cellar Door tasting on the weekend, and you might get the chance to try a drop of their award winning 2018 Estate Syrah. Seated tastings are also available to experience nine wines across their Fairbank and Sutton Grange range.




We can’t wait to welcome you and your Mum to this abundant region. If you want more ideas check out our What’s On page for exciting events coming soon!