Make the most of a day trip out of Melbourne as you explore the heritage streets of Maldon and Castlemaine, each with a modern-day artistic and gourmet verve. Connecting these two gold-rush era towns is the iconic Victorian Goldfields Railway. Relive the bygone romance of rail as you chug through some of central Victoria's most scenic countryside. This fully accessible itinerary is designed for all to enjoy.
Day : Maldon, Castlemaine & Heritage Railway
Arriving in the charming village of Maldon by car, take some time to explore before boarding the heritage Victorian Goldfields Railway for an unforgettable ride through the countryside to vibrant Castlemaine. A short distance from the Castlemaine station you'll come to the gold-era heritage streetscapes of Castlemaine where a well-earned lunch awaits. Reboard the train to return to Maldon.
An alternative, reversed itinerary is available, that rather than driving could involve catching the V/Line train from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station to Castlemaine and returning in the afternoon by V/Line.
Stop : Maldon township and Shire GardensFrancis St, Maldon VIC 3463
Enjoy the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of Maldon, taking time to explore the wide streets and veranda lined footpaths of in the heart of the village. A short distance from centre of town at Main and High streets is the picturesque Maldon Shire Gardens.
The most accessible part of the gardens is at the rear, where there is a playground, picnic tables and a barbecue. The front section of the park is quite steep and the lawn area is inaccessible due to brick path edging. Best access is from the top of Fountain Street or from Francis Street. There is an accessible toilet available at the picnic shelter adjacent to Francis Street.
Stop : Victorian Goldfields Railway13 Hornsby St, Maldon VIC 3463
The station at Maldon has designated disabled parking adjacent to the station building. Level access is via the station gates to the left of the station building. The railway operates an accessible carriage that is capable of taking up to 12 wheelchairs on all trips. Like all rolling stock, the carriage is subject to periodic maintenance for advance booking is advisable. The carriage is equipped with ramps to allow access at Maldon and Castlemaine.
There are good accessible toilets available at both Maldon and Castlemaine on the platforms. There are no toilets on the train and the journey time between Maldon and Castlemaine is approximately 45 minutes. A return journey is best undertaken from Maldon.
In addition to the accessible carriage, the train also has a carriage with individual booths. These booths would be ideal for people on the autism spectrum or families with members with autism.
Stop : Cumberland Hotel Castlemaine191 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
The Cumberland Hotel is a generally a well-designed old country pub with plenty of manoeuvring room and gentle slopes to the ramps. The dining area has moveable seating and ramps link all areas of the hotel. A private room is also available for groups with ramped access. Level access entry is via Lyttleton Street, under the awning.
From the main entrance, there is clear access to the TAB on the left and the gaming room to the right. At the end of the bar in the gaming room, there is ramped access to the Bistro and Main Bar. Accessible toilets are located at the rear of the gaming room. An outdoor smoker’s area also accessible from the gaming room. There is also a wide double door access to the children’s play area.
There is a low countertop in the bistro allowing for accessible service. Dietary requirements catered for on request.
Stop : Return trip on the Victorian Goldfields RailwayPlatform 3 Kennedy St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Return to Castlemaine Station and make the return trip to Maldon on the Victorian Goldfields Railway. Access to the station at Castlemaine is more difficult than Maldon but if extra time is allowed for the platform is accessible. The VGR train operates from platform 3 in Castlemaine. The access from the car park is via a long ramp at the end of platform one across the tracks and back up onto platform three. The gradients are 1:20 and the distance of approximately 300 metres.