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Winter has arrived, and we have plenty of options and unique locations that will brighten your day.

Our cycling trails take you around our villages and you'll be inspired!

With our rejuvenated Visitor Centre, a new world class regional public art gallery, be sure to visit our region! You'll love the latest Exhibitions, Live Music Performances, Steam Trains, Cycling Events, and much more!

Visit our fabulous Farmers' and Community Markets with an abundance of fresh local produce, set around our historical buildings full of grandeur from a bygone era.

Join the goldrush (our area is a popular prospecting region), visit our museums, or treat yourself to one of our gastronomy delights. 

Located in between Bendigo and Ballarat, in the heart of the Goldfields, you'll find amazing accommodation and a base for day tripping and discovering our region.





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Goldfields Reservoir

Goldfields Reservoir is located just off the Ballarat Maryborough Road at Reservoir Road.

This location is a popular family recreational area with a walking track, nature playground, grassed area on the bank, scenic lake, undercover BBQ, toilets surrounded by forest area.

A great location for walking, cycling, fishing, walking your dog, that family picnic, or some canoeing and cool off swim.

Join in the Saturday morning Goldfields Parkrun event.




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Talbot Farmers' Market

The Talbot Farmers' Market showcases our finest local produce. Meander along the historic streetscapes of Talbot and embrace the atmosphere, whilst searching for a bargain. The Talbot Farmers' Market and Town Hall Market are held on the third Sunday of each month (9am-1pm).


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Historical Tours

Maryborough and Surrounds, boasts an abundance of historical buildings.

You'll be amazed at our beautifully preserved heritage listed precincts.

See our historical tour: HERE

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Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre Indoor Pool

The Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre has a fabulous indoor pool facility.

Further details: HERE


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Recreational Areas

Visit Maryborough and Surrounds has amazing areas to keep active and improve your mental well being.

See further details: HERE

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Art Galleries

The Central Goldfields Art Gallery is now a world class regional location after recent upgrades. The exhibitions are intriguing and a drawcard to our region.

Other nearby galleries to visit:


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Cycle The Goldfields

Experience the history of the Central Goldfields by cycling the eight tracks through the many parks, forests, reserves offering spectacular scenery and riding conditions. All tracks differ in difficulty and distance. You can download off our website or call in and pick up your hard copy of the cycle maps at the Central Goldfields Visitor Centre.

View maps: HERE

Image: Maryborough Advertiser

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Tullaroop Reservoir

Tullaroop Reservoir located near Carisbrook, is a great spot for fishing and picnics. The grassy area alongside the reservoir has multiple wood fire barbecues and plenty of tables and chairs. There is a large expanse of grass and a few shady areas beneath the trees.

Fishing boats are now permitted on the reservoir, view details HERE



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Exploring Paddys Ranges

Paddy’s Ranges State Park is a beautiful Box-Ironbark Forest located on the outskirts of Maryborough 🌲

Call into the Visitor Information Centre for a detailed Wildflowers Brochure and maps.

You’ll discover:

🌾 230 species of wildflowers

🎋 30 varieties of orchids

🦉 140 native bird species

🚴‍♀️ cycling trails

🚶🏽‍♂️ bush walks

🚗 driving tracks

🐎 horse riding

🕳 prospecting areas

⛺️ free camping area

🧺 picnic areas

Further details: HERE 


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Mt Bealiba & Bealiba Reservoir

Bealiba Reservoir is located not far out of the small rural township of Bealiba.

You'll find plenty of shady areas to set up that family day out. Take your fishing rod, your lunch and your walking boots to spend the day walking around the tracks, fishing, climbing nearby Mt Bealiba or just experiencing peace and quiet. 

There are toilets, fire BBQ's and table and chairs.

Directions: HERE

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Museums & Historic Precincts

  • Immerse yourself in history and pay a visit to the Dunolly Goldfields Museum and the Dunolly Court House. With wonderful historical displays, memorabilia and tours, you'll take a walk back in history.
  • Worsley Cottage Museum, specializes in genealogy, the squatter's hut and the original building and cottage gardens feature.
  • Talbot Museum and Communications, has displays of communication items throughout the century, also featuring the original Amherst School.
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Visit the Flicks!

The Maryborough Paramount Theatre is a fully restored historical theatre, with twin cinemas and a great candy bar.

They cater for large group bookings, kids birthday parties, and ensure you enjoy the latest release in comfort.


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Prospecting Areas

Whether you're an expert or a novice, and enjoy searching for gold, then our region has an abundance of areas that will keep you looking.

Coiltek Gold Centre is open every day for that extra assistance and prospecting tours.

Take a visit to Moliagul where the famous 'Welcome Stranger' nugget was discovered.

Details: HERE

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Gastronomy Guide

View the Gastronomy Guide, highlighting some great options in our region.


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Accommodation Options

Visit Maryborough and Surrounds has some wonderful options for you to consider. It might be that comfortable motel room, that caravan park with wonderful amenities, a hotel with grandeur, a dining option with your over night stay, a quaint Bed & Breakfast, or spacious self contained apartment, or are you seeking an experience on a farm stay or a winery?

We have something for everyone.

View details: HERE


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Local Wineries

An ultimate experience for that escape is to visit one of our local wineries, and we have accommodation options also.

Amherst Wines: located on the outskirts of Talbot, is an award-winning winery, offering you tastings by appointment.

Dalwhinnie Wines: an iconic family owned vineyard, offering the ultimate winery experience.

Summerfield Winery and Accommodation: offer you a unique experience in a beautiful location, featuring the family owned vineyard and winery that produces Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy wine tastings with a cheese platter or wood fire pizzas and breads. Accommodation available with a modern studio apartment.


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Antiques, Collectables, Vintage & Giftwares

If you have a passion for collectables or unusual gifts, then we have a great selection for you to peruse:









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Stay up to date with our events throughout the Central Goldfields.

We have live music venues, markets, festivals and much more!

View details and updates: HERE