Embark on a journey back in time to Victoria’s gold mining era in the historic towns of Daylesford, Castlemaine, and Maldon. From grand architectural marvels and serene mineral springs, to vibrant cultural scenes, this tour blends the richness of the past with the charm of the present, promising a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Experience the enchanting allure of Daylesford, Castlemaine, and Maldon on this immersive sightseeing tour that allows you to explore the iconic and natural wonders that make these regions remarkable.
Journey through the iconic locales of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, where heritage architecture, verdant gardens, vibrant art galleries, and poignant remnants of the 1850’s gold rush intertwine to create a uniquely rich tapestry of history and culture. Situated on the outskirts of the stunning Hepburn Regional Park, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are towns birthed from a boom of gold mining, attracting over 3,000 prospectors, including Swiss-Italians from Northern Italy and the Swiss canton of Ticino, who brought their distinct cultural influences to the area.
Next, step into the enchanting world of Castlemaine, a town that delights visitors with its grand buildings, sweeping boulevards, and beautiful gardens, all testaments to the prosperity and opulence of the gold rush era. The tour includes a visit to Buda House, one of Castlemaine’s most grand and captivating homes, set within an equally impressive garden.
The grandiosity of Castlemaine’s past beautifully merges with its modern identity, complete with laid-back cafes, unique boutiques, and a bustling arts scene. The region, once the heart of the Mt. Alexander gold fields, now forms the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park – the first Heritage National Park in Australia. Here, natural heritage, Aboriginal sites, and remnants from the 19th-century gold rushes coexist within the Box-Ironbark forests teeming with wildlife and seasonal wildflowers.
Lastly, you’ll traverse the charming streets of Maldon, a place that holds the distinguished title of being Victoria’s best-preserved gold mining town and the first to be declared “Notable” by the National Trust of Australia. This 19th-century townscape is adorned with quaint weatherboard homes, sturdy stone edifices, and old-world shopfronts, allowing you to step back in time and relive the gold rush era.
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