You can’t spend time in Castlemaine without nipping down the road to Maldon. There is so much to do in this historic town, you really need more than one day in which to do it, but it’s always easy make regular visits. Accommodation isn’t a problem with a variety of cottages and b&bs providing all you need for a delightful place to stay. Retail therapy is well catered for and you will find shops that will satisfy every taste – from the nostalgia and joy of Vanilla Spice Christmas Shop, the variety of a huge range of fabric and design at The Village Patch and of course, the best ice cream ever from Maldon Fudge and Ice Creamery – all made by hand in house.
On the second Sunday of each month, you’ll find the Maldon Market, which is a combined farmers and makers market, promoting regional produce and crafts and on the weekend of 18th and 19th February, 2017, the eighth Maldon Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held at the Maldon Oval. This event has grown enormously since its first showing and is now seen as a must do place to visit.
One of the best and most wistful attractions of Maldon and Castlemaine is the Victorian Goldfields Railway. Staffed totally by volunteers, who not only run the train, but lovingly restore and care for them. It’s worth checking their website for running times and special events www.vgr.com.au. A visit to Maldon will certainly round out your trip to Victoria’s centre.