Historic gardens with a beautiful range of significant trees, walking paths and award-winning children's playground.
The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens area was set aside in 1860, making it one of the earliest of Victoria's many botanic gardens. By 1863, work had started to transform a typical gold mining landscape into an area suitable for creating the botanical gardens. Philip Doran was appointed the first curator of the gardens and he was there for 47 years, suggesting that he was the designer of the garden. On at least 12 occasions, plants and seeds were received from the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, usually directly from the renowned botanist, Baron von Mueller. Plants also came from the Sydney and Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Victorian Goldfields RailwayKennedy Street, Castlemaine
This authentic steam era train experience links the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon. A fun family activity, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere, sights, sounds and movement of the his...
Carman's Tunnel138 Parkins Reef Road, Maldon
Carman’s Tunnel in Maldon was commenced around 1882 by the Great International Quartz Mining Company, as an attempt to drive a tunnel right through Mt Tarrangower, intersecting the rich gold-bearing r...