The granite outcrop of Mount Alexander rises 350 metres above the nearby township of Harcourt. Enjoy bushwalking, picnics, lookouts with stunning views and a chance to see some of Australia's iconic wildlife.
Cycling through bushland and farmland, past some fantastic gold-era historical sites, the 17.7km long Castlemaine to Maldon Trail runs parallel to the Victorian Goldfields Tourist Train railway. This historic branchline railway served rural Victoria from 1880 through to the 1970s and had been restored to its former glory by dedicated volunteers. The scenic cycling and walking trail that follows the railway line was constructed in 2016 and opened in March of 2017.
The Maldon Shire Gardens are a peaceful and picturesque public gardens right in the centre of historic gold rush era village of Maldon.
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.
Skydancers Garden, Gift and Café and Butterfly House is accessible throughout. The carpark surface is fine crushed rock. There are three designated disabled parking bays immediately to the left of the entry door.
The entry and all internal pathways are concrete and entry is gained into the café and nursery area through self-opening wide glass doors. All of the display shelving is low to the ground. The outdoor nursery has a surface of fine crushed rock. The seeding displays are at 500mm height off the ground.
Located opposite The Mill precinct is the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. This tranquil space has good access throughout with the paths being level and wide with a hard compacted fine gravel surface.
The Goldfields Track is an established pathway that leads visitors through central Victoria's hidden treasures from deep gorges and fern-lined rivers, to the artefacts and cultural heritage of the greatest gold rush the world has ever seen.
Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens are the perfect place for a family picnic, romantic walk around the lake or invigorating morning run. Home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees, the gardens are centred on a beautiful ornamental lake surrounded by open landscaped gardens. An award-winning children’s playground offers hours of fun for kids of all ages.
Originally contributed to by notable botanist, Baron von Mueller with Philip Doran as the garden's first curator, the gardens feature many trees that are listed by the National Trust.
Today, towns like Castlemaine, Chewton and Maldon tell part of the story of the great gold rush with their streets lined with buildings grand and humble. But the surrounding bush harbours its own tales of a golden past: crumbling stone walls of huts and pubs, and the gold mines and gullies that yielded up fortunes.