A great destination for a city getaway, a mere day trip away at 90 mins away from the CBD in the Shire of Mount Alexander - Maldon has been designated Australia's first notable town and is notable for its great 19th-century appearance, maintained since gold rush days.
Journey to historic Maldon and experience what life was like during the gold rush era as you wander past old weatherboard homes, remnants of the past lovingly preserved. In recognition, Maldon was awarded the most intact heritage streetscape by the National Trust in 2006.
Maldon was the first town to use compressed air driven rock drilling technology in mining, which was a milestone in Australian underground mining. Give yourself a break from city life and get to know Maldon; explore an underground gold mine by candlelight at Carman's Tunnel; take a ride on a steam train at the Victorian Goldfields Railway; reminisce with an extensive range of good old fashioned and traditional sweets and journey back to childhood with the Maldon Lolly Shop. Just take a break and breathe.
Maldon plays host to a variety of events and festivals that include the Maldon Twilight Food and Wine Festival, Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair, Maldon Easter Fair, Maldon Agricultural Show, Maldon Folk Festival and Maldon Market. One of my favourite movies with Eric Bana,Romulus, My Father was shot on location in Maldon. It is timely for all these adventures and to afford yourself a getaway after the year we've had. It's good for the mind/mental health and food for the soul to take a break every now and again while supporting local industries and tourism after the debilitating year we've had by exploring what's in our own backyard.
As if that's not enough, Jamie and Ken also operate tours and workshops. Get in touch, experience a stay at their properties, and know that you're being taken care of by hosts who have a wealth of information at their fingertips to make your stay comfortable and interesting. They have 17 guesthouses to choose from, be it 1 bedroom studio or 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses with designated pet-friendly accommodation in the form of historic cottages, apartments, stables, and modern house rentals. Stay in touch and keep updated via social media on their website, Facebook or Instagram.
Speaking of workshops, tours, and Maldon experiences, you'll find them all HERE. A couple of popular events (Mindfulness Retreat with Horses, Maldon Architectural Sketching Walk, Maldon Safari Photography Walk, Art Preview: David Moore) have already SOLD OUT, but stay in touch and catch them next round.
Currently available events are as follows. Follow the links for complete details.
23 and 26 Mar & 9 Apr 2021 - Artist David Moore in Conversation with Author Kareen Anchen - Join artist David Moore in conversation with Gallery Director, Kareen Anchen for a pleasant afternoon soiree. Seated and surrounded by David's new paintings, we will reflect on David's insightful art stories and discuss his paintings.
27 Mar 2021 - Mt Tarrengower Culture Tour - Come and enjoy the cultural landscape of Mt Tarrengower with Dja Dja Wurrung elder. A Welcome to Country and Smoking ceremony kicks off the tour led by Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and takes you on a walk to the rock wells up Mt Tarrengower, and explore and learn about the aboriginal history of the area.
11 Apr 2021 - Winter Creek Everlasting Workshop - At this workshop, you'll join fellow flower-lovers in a small group to take some well-deserved time out just for you. Time to relax, be creative and reconnect with the benefits of nature, through flowers. Enjoy a light afternoon tea and leave the workshop with your very own, hand-crafted floral arrangement.
Do you know the real meaning of Hygge? It's enjoying the simple pleasures of life! And that would be Maldon Getaways' new listing which is now up and running. Just two minutes' drive from Maldon's main street. It is attached to the main house, but has its private entrance, car park and two private outdoor spaces and is perfect for an adults-only escape with a minimum stay of 2 nights. If you're travelling with kids, tuck your worries away for Ken and Jamie have adventures that will create wonderful memories with parks and playgrounds, a swim at the local pool, steam train rides and of course Maldon's famous Lolly Shop.
If you're looking for a getaway with your besties for a fun time away, there's Wiltshire House Maldon that just launched last month. It sleeps up to 6 adults for a perfect adult's only getaway just a few minutes stroll from the main street of Maldon. Remote working just got interesting with Sunday House. Imagine - you and your friends arrive mid-week and settle into work from the many comfy spaces throughout Sunday House. Explore, eat and chill together; stay throughout the weekend and leave relaxed. Welcome to the new era of remote working
An established accommodation provider, Maldon Getaways has been welcoming visitors to Maldon since 2016. They offer a range of unique, holiday-rental properties ranging from quaint gold-rush cottages to stylish retreats. Their well-appointed private properties ensure visitors will enjoy a relaxing escape from the day-to-day, and also provide a comfortable base from which to explore Maldon and the surrounding regions. Choose from pet-friendly properties like Fairbank House, Miss Pym's Cottage, Parker Lodge Maldon, Shopkeeper's, Sunday House Maldon, Laurel Cottage and The Maldon Dairy. Get the FAQs HERE.
Sunday House is your 4 bedroom house, with Fairbank House, Joseph's Cottage, Lauren Cottage and Wiltshire house being your 3 bedroom properties. For something, a touch smaller, your 2 bedroom houses are Howards End, Miss Pym's Cottage, Winter Creek Cottage, Shopkeeper's and Parker Lodge Maldon. If you're just looking to get away from the rest of the world or spend alone time with your lover, you'll be after the Studio one-bedroom accommodation like The Poolhouse, The Grand Hotel Studio, Willow Cottage, TLC - The Little Cottage, Hygge - NEW!, or 73 on High. There's also The Maldon Dairy which is just one bedroom but sleeps up to 4 with one Queen room and a large sofa bed in the living room.
A property that speaks to my aforementioned favourite movie. The milking shed was home to farming equipment built by Romulus Gaita, father of renowned philosopher Raimond Gaita and the titular character in his esteemed 1998 book, Romulus My Father, now renovated into a cosy holiday rental with a vibrant past . Take your pick from 17 properties and be ensured Jamie and Ken will be doing their utmost to welcome you and initiate you to a Maldon they love so well.
The image below - another reason to feel like a local and immerse yourself in local events like the Maldon Swap Meet on Sunday 21 March 2021; so get your bargain hunting shoes on!
Below 2 images - another reason to plan your getaway right! Get in touch with Jamie and Ken quick smart for your accommodation and don't miss out. Do something different for Easter and enjoy Maldon! What better way to support our local industries, and travel in our own beautiful backyard! Just do it! You know you want to!
These images & 1 above - Maldon, Antique Fairs and Swap Meets