Enjoy contemporary experiences set against a rich historic backdrop of grand gold rush architecture, heritage buildings, wide streets and verdant European gardens. The days of the gold rush have indelibly shaped the region and provide a background of authenticity and character, waiting to be discovered.

Wander the ornate streets of Maldon - Australia's first National Trust listed 'Notable Town'.  The well preserved main street oozes charm with stories of the golden era alive and well in restored historic buildings that now house accommodation, produce, arts and crafts. For a fascinating history lesson, take a stroll through the Mount Alexander Diggings National Heritage Park to view the relics and remains of our gold mining past. It's in these gullies that thousands of miners yielded their fortunes and misfortunes. 

Be sure to explore the nearby towns of Guildford, Chewton and Fryerstown, each with their own rich history and hidden gems that the locals will be all too proud to share with you. 

We invite you to unleash your inner explorer and discover a deep connection to the landscape and people of our gold rush era. 

Self-Guided and Guided tours 

Want to learn more about this fascinating region? Book a guided tour and gain a new insight! Guides can cater for large bus groups down to small parties.

Castlemaine Historic Town Tour: An experienced guide can either board your bus or lead a walking tour on a 1 hour tour of historic Castlemaine. The tour will highlight many of the town's notable landmarks in addition to various sites of historical significance.

Maldon Town Tour: Maldon is one of Victoria's best preserved gold mining towns, find out all the highlights and history on a 1 hour tour - either aboard your bus or as a walking tour. 

Contact the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre on 1800 171 888 for bookings.  

For self-guided tours, pop into our Castlemaine or Maldon Visitor Information Centres or download here an entertaining collection of short audio tours that introduce you to the historical goldfields and Jaara Aboriginal sites on self-navigating tours. Produced by Jan 'Yarn' Wozitsky - a local story-teller and musician.