• Central Goldfields Discovery - Two Day Accessible Itinerary

Destinations

Maryborough Talbot Dunolly Moliagul

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Duration

02 day(s)

Take an indepth look at the history and natural beauty of Victoria's central goldfields. Centered around the historic town of Maryborough, this region is rich in experiences, from gold-rush architecture to sleepy villages full of stories waiting to be unearthed. 

This two day itinerary has been roadtested with all-ability access in mind but is also suitable for families with young children, grey nomads or groups looking to discover the treasures that the Central Goldfields has to offer.

Explore each day

Day : Welcome Stranger

To make your way to Victoria's Central Goldfields, with your first stop being the Welcome Stranger Monument at Moliagul in the north of the region. From Melbourne this will take you around two and a half hours if you come via the Calder and Wimmera Highways. From here travel south through the Central Goldfields to historic Dunolly and onto Maryborough where you will spend the night. 

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Stops

  • The monument marks to place the historic nugget was unearthed
Stop : Welcome Stranger Monument
Monument Road, Moliagul VIC 3472

In February 1869 just 3cm beneath the soil the largest recorded alluvial gold nugget – known as the Welcome Stranger was found. The 61cm by 31cm nugget was taken to Dunolly to be measured on the bank’s scales, however at 69kg the gold needed to be broken on an anvil to actually fit on the scales. Today, the Moliagul Historic Reserve is a picturesque picnic spot with a walking track showcasing points of interest from the gold rush era and a granite obelisk marking the spot of the incredible discovery...

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  • Dunolly Bakery is the perfect lunch stop
Stop : Dunolly Bakery
97 Broadway, Dunolly VIC 3472

Grab a pie or maybe a sandwich and enjoy some lunch at the Dunolly Bakery. Dine in or takeaway to relax in the nearby Rene Fox Memorial Gardens...

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  • Dunolly Historic Precinct
Stop : Historic Dunolly
40-44 Market Street, Dunolly VIC 3472

The Dunolly Historic Precinct showcases the rich gold era heritage of this captivating town. The crowning jewel is the Dunolly Courthouse, which was built in 1863 as the original town hall, complete with library, reading room, council chamber and offices. The Dunolly Town hall was built in 1884 and originally was used as the county court, before swapping functions with the original Borough of Dunolly Town Hall in 1890. The nearby police stables and lock up were constructed in 1863 and complete the historic legal precinct...

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  • An accessible room is available at the Golden Country Motel
Stop : Check into the Golden Country Motel
134 Park Rd, Maryborough VIC 3465

Arrive in Maryborough this afternoon and check into the Gold Country Motel and Caravan Park. An accessible room is available on request.  Freshen up and perhaps take a look at the shopping along Nolan and High Streets before heading to dinner. ..

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  • The Bull and Mouth is an of the Edwardian Baroque style
Stop : Dinner at the Bull & Mouth
119 High Street, Maryborough VIC 3465

Settle into Maryborough's Bull & Mouth for a choice of mouthwatering menu options to suit any taste or dietary needs. This historic establishment was first opened in 1855 as a single story goldfields watering hole. In 1904 as the riches of the gold rush flooded in the hotel was rebuilt to its current glory. More recently, some major renovations have created a modern and accessible cafe and restaurant while staying true to the building's historic and majestic architecture...

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Day : A Taste of Talbot

Wake up in Maryborough today and find out for yourself how this country Victorian town ended up was such an impressive railway station. From here make tracks to the nearby village of Talbot to feast on some of the freshest and tastiest treats the region has to offer. If you are planning on traveling on the third Sunday of the month you'll also get to experience the famous Talbot Farmers Market. 

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Stops

Stop : Railway Cafe & Tracks Bar
29 Station Street, Maryborough, 3465

Railway Cafe & Tracks Bar is a family owned business which is located in the historic Maryborough Railway Station. With a vintage industrial feel, the dining area seats around 60. The magnificent open...

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  • Maryborough Railway Station is an impressive building
Stop : Maryborough Railway Station
Station Street, Maryborough VIC 3465

After a delicious breakfast at Tracks Cafe in the historic Maryborough Railway Station, find out for yourself if this impressive station was a case of mistaken identity or a rich gold rush town showing its wealth. See the expansive platform and ornate architecture as you make up your own mind which version of the story you believe...

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Stop : Museum of Australian History and Art Gallery
29 Station Street, Maryborough VIC 3465

Displays and artwork are carefully put together to give a great viewing experience that draws in the viewer. Operator Keith is a man of many talents, by obtaining the collection himself overtime, pain...

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  • Discover Maryborough's civic heart at McLandress Square
Stop : McLandress Square
Civic Square, Maryborough VIC 3465

The great wealth of the gold rush era, and the stunning architecture of the period, is beautifully apparent in Maryborough’s McLandress Square. The town’s civic centre features European-style heritage buildings including the imposing Italianate palazzo-style post office, which was built in 1877 and still serves as a post office today. The town hall was built in 1887 after the local council established there was a need for a large building to house public functions...

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  • Fresh produce and friendly smiles at Talbot Farmers Market
Stop : Talbot Farmers Market
40 Scandinavian Cres, Talbot VIC 3371

The tiny town of Talbot boasts an authentic country farmers’ market experience from 9am until 1pm on the third Sunday of every month. Explore over 80 regional produce and artisan food stalls, listen out for live music, forage for a yummy breakfast and coffee, chat with farmers and don't forget to pick up a raffle ticket for your chance to win our famous Barrow Raffle. Plus browse the adjacent Town Hall Market for unexpected treasures. Named as one of ‘Australia's 10 best farmers markets’ this is a market event not to be missed. ..

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  • Enjoy great food and great service at Talbot Provedore
Stop : Talbot Provedore
42 Scandinavian Crescent, Talbot VIC 3371

The Talbot Provedore and Eatery is a relaxed and inviting eatery located in the picturesque Central Goldfields town of Talbot. State winner of the ‘Best Licensed Cafe’ in the 2017 Golden Plate Awards, the Talbot Provedore and Eatery is all about supporting local producers and showcasing their food and wine both in the Provedore and on the Eatery menus. ..

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