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by Andrew Burton (subscribe)
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Published June 11th 2015
Historical Maldon-an unforgettable place to eat, stay
Whatever you think or say about Maldon, it is a veritable treasure trove of beautifully preserved Victorian architecture-the Gold Era still lives. Characteristic tins roofs, tiled shop-fronts, with classic period signage, and the verandah lined main street. Enter an old doorway, opening into the wonderful historical atmosphere, so wander down and immerse yourself.
 
Historical Maldon's main street.
Historical Maldon's main street.

The first thing you notice is the historical feel, and the pace certainly slows as you enter a different world. As you wander into Maldon's wide main street, winding up the hill and splitting at a 'Y' intersection, you notice it is a well preserved town with little new development. The Australian National Trust created a new award and Maldon became Australia's most notable town in 1965.
 
Step back into the Gold Era in Maldon.
Step back into the Gold Era.

There are plenty of shops and cafes, and if you like art, antiques, speciality shops, christmas effects, and hand made furniture, you are in for a treat. Thewide variety of local produce including fudge, confection and ice cream (did I mention anything that is not sweet just then?) will impress. The connoisseur, history buffs, and wine buffs, cafe lovers and fine food freaks can all have a feast, and enjoy the colorful outlook and relaxed atmosphere.
 
The are a number of cafe choices in Maldon.
The are a number of cafe choices in Maldon.
Here is a sample of a few of the best stores;
Gold Exchange Cafe has great coffee, food and a cozy atmosphere. They present good value too. To see their website click here.

Wicked temptation has gourmet food at great prices and the place is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they have a licensed wine bar if you want to taste some of the local wine sensations. For complete information have a look at their website.

The Kangeroo Hotel is housed in one of the best buildings in town, and have a wood heater too. They have live music and a great country pub atmosphere and simply 'fab' pub food. They are open from 9 - 5pm daily and for dinner, and Wednesday is seafood platter night. Their website will give you all the facts.

Berryman's Cafe & Tea Rooms; you have to love the double door entry, good food and service, it is such a nice spot on a sunny morning. They earn bonus points for the coonara style wood heater. Follow the link for more information.
 
Victoria's best preserved town.
Victoria's best preserved town.

There is a wealth of art created mainly by local artists at Fields of Clover. The gallery houses collections from a number of artists with creations of ceramics, jewellery, wood, clay, mosaics, textile, bears and critters-there are also photographic, painting, and glass works. The range of color, textures and techniques is visually appealing. To view there website click here.
 
Art work at Fields of Clover Gallery, Maldon.
Art work at Fields of Clover Gallery, Maldon.

There are a few antique stores to help save you from dismantling bits of the town to take home. You can find some interesting and precious relics for home and fascinating collectables or maybe something a little more rare, with a story behind it.
 
The town has a unique feel.
The town has a unique feel.
 
Gardens Etcetera, Maldon, have a great outdoor collection.
Gardens Etcetera Maldon have a great outdoor collection.
There could not be a better place for collectors of antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac.

Beehive Old Wares & Collectables is housed in a large 1870's historic stone & iron building sited on a prominent corner position in Main Street, Maldon, Victoria. This unique building has several rooms full of interesting antiques & collectables including furniture, china & glassware, ironware, tins, cameras, lamps, telephones, toys, jewellery, books, records & motoring memorabilia. They provide a fine selection from a number of antique traders who all display their stock in this beautiful old building built circa 1870. Opening times are from 11am until 5pm, 5 days a week; being closed Tuesdays, and open 1pm until 5pm Thursdays. So browse or buy and you can phone and request a time outside those hours. Here is the link to their website.

Gardens Etcetera is a garden furniture and ornament shop that stocks a comprehensive range of amazing looking critters and ornaments, and is definitely worth a look-see. For all the facts about follow the link.
 
Maldon Fudge & Gift Shop for a delicious treat.
Maldon Fudge & Gift Shop for a delicious treat.
 
Maldon Lolly Shop, who can resist.
Maldon Lolly Shop, who can resist.
Maldon Fudge & Gift Shop is home to gourmet fudge and nougat that is made fresh on the premises. They have a great range of flavors for that special splurge and stock a fine range of teasand gifts (the home of Tarrengower Teas). Wander in a drool a while-for more information click here.

The Maldon Lolly Shop; make your selection at the 'confection section' of town. Boasting a fine choice of fine chocolates, old fashioned and traditional boiled sweets, lollipops, jubes and jellies, sherbet, local honey, Murray Brewed Cordials,and other great old favorites. Follow the link and find their website.

Some of the cafes have local produce and local wines, and you can find some great places to stay, accounting for all budgets. The attractions are a must, see related articles for details and the Winter in Maldon festival commences June 27th. For everything you need to know about Maldon see the Information Center's website.
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Why? Stay in a town with plenty of great speciality shops, and places to eat and attractions..
When: All year round.
Phone: Maldon Information Center; Ph. 03 5475 2569
Where: Take the Calder Freeway and turn left 20 mins before Bendigo.
Cost: Accommodation and eateries cater for all costs and the IGA can supply your self-catering needs.
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