Dogs love Castlemaine, Maldon and Surrounds as there are some fabulous places that they can explore on the lead as well as a fabulous off leash location to enjoy a good run and roll around. We do ask you to clean up after your pet using the dog facilities provided. You'll find that you'll love these walks as much as your pet does!
Wesley Hill off-leash dog park located at the northern corner of Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, adjacent to the lower/stadium carpark off McGrath Street.The dog park is enclosed with a 1.2m high fence and has plenty of trees for shade, a drinking fountain, seating, a doggie bag dispenser and rubbish bin. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Elsie Palmer Field and Doug Powell Oval at the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve and must be on the lead at the netball courts and the carpark.
Hilltop off-leash Dog Park is four acres of sniffing, scratching, rolling and playing paradise for your pooch! During the summer months, you'll appreciate the shady spots where you can hang out in comfort whilst your dog runs wild. Your dog will appreciate the cooling-off dam in hotter months too - such a treat! To find this park, head to Shicer Gully Road, Guildford.
We encourage you to visit the following parks but your dog does need to be on a lead at all times:
Castlemaine Diggings Heritage Park
In its heyday this area was one of the richest goldfields in the world. The Castlemaine Diggings Heritage Park has several access points and scenic walks at each point. The walks provide insights into how people lived and worked in the gold-rush era. You can access the Garfield Water Wheel in Chewton and enjoy a few signposted walks to see gold relics. Pop into the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre to get more information and a map.
Mount Alexander Regional Park is another great place to go for a wander with your dog. At an elevation of 350 metres, the viewpoint offers spectacular views over the surrounding area. There are lovely walks in a natural forest setting, giant boulders and towering trees. Access is from Harcourt - please get maps from the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre.
Taradale Mineral Springs - The 1km viaduct walk takes you along a flat path to the site of the viaduct and to the site of the Royal Oaks - two significant commemorative trees. These stately English oaks were planted back in 1863 to celebrate the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra in the same year. There are many more walks that you can do in this area - The King Billy Bridge circuit is another scenic one that crosses the creek at the bridge and affords lovely views of the township.
Campbells Creek Trail - Once you locate the Campbells Creek playground, you'll see the entrance to the Campbell's Creek Trail. This lovely little trail weaves through native bushland and is almost uninterrupted by roads. Along the way you'll come across the beautiful wooden bridge and information boards.
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens - The gardens are home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees, with a beautiful ornamental lake surrounded by open landscaped gardens. There is walking track that takes you around the circumference of the park - approximately 2km. There's something exciting to discover in any season and the location across from The Mill means you can grab a quick coffee and baked item to enjoy on your walk.
Mount Tarrengower in Maldon provides some great views of Maldon township but also some interesting walks. Lisles Reef Walk begins at the carpark and is a one hour circuit walk with interpretive signs and mining relics. You can also walk into the Maldon township along Adair Track.
Please note that your dog does need to be on a leash in Maldon and Castlemaine CBD.
There are plenty of accommodation providers that cater to pets, plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants that welcome your best mate too and some lovely local retailers that provide pet food and accessories. Speak to the Visitor Information Centre staff for more details.