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Central Goldfields Tourism

The Central Goldfields Shire covers some of more romantic and famous goldfields in Australia

[Carisbrook Majorca Moolort] - [Dunolly] - [Maryborough] - [Moonlight Timor Deepleads] - [Talbot]
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With so much to explore why not relax and take a stress free break soaking up the peace, tranquillity and heritage in this rich part of Victoria.

The Central Goldfields region really is the place to stay another day.

The scenery is worth the two and half hour drive from Melbourne. Take the Calder Highway through Castlemaine or the Western Highway to Ballarat... follow the signs to Maryborough, the city located right in the heart of the Goldrush Centre of Victoria. With such easy access to Ballarat, Bendigo, Daylesford and the Pyrenees, a myriad of short drives allows you to enjoy a diversity of landscapes and activities. 

Central Goldfields offers a wide range of experiences from the quiet enjoyment of living history in gold towns like Talbot and Dunolly that intrigue with their proud sense of a by-gone era... to the warm welcome extended by Visitor Information Staff at the wonderful Railway Station Tourist Complex in Maryborough. This is a region rich in flora and fauna, renowned for its honey production and flowing with locally produces wines of the highest quality.

Be it fishing, golfing, antique hunting or cycling. it's all within your reach. Fossick for gold or take a short drive to Maldon or Daylesford. There are so many places to explore along the way. This is truly the Goldrush Centre of Victoria and you can discover why more and more visitors choose to stay another day...

Maryborough, Dunolly, Bealiba, Moliagul, Talbot,
Carisbrook, Majorca, Moolort, Moonlight, Timor, Deep Leads 

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Maryborough is the city boasting a golden past and offering a golden future. Located 160 kms north west of Melbourne it lies right at the heart of the Goldrush Centre of Victoria. Grand buildings, historic cottages and gracious homes are complemented by beautiful public gardens that give the visitor an insight into the rich history of the region.

The restaurants and accommodation invite you to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this unique provincial centre. An elegant guest hours, mud-brick self contained cottage, caravan park or four star motel... your accommodation preference can be met. Your appetite for sport is satisfied in Maryborough. Magnificent lawn tennis, glorious fishing, golf and cycling are just some the facilities on offer.

Bushwalkers can enjoy the natural beauty of the State Forests that creep right to the city boundaries. Picnicking and fossicking for gold can while away the holiday hours. Maryborough lies at the centre of some Australia's most significant gold heritage and archaeological sites.

One of Maryborough's attractions is its close proximity to many other Goldrush Centre towns and features. Within a 20 km radius are the historic townships of Dunolly, Talbot, Carisbrook, Majorca and Timor.... all with their own colourful tales to tell. Stay another day in Maryborough and taste a piece of the golden lifestyle. Visit the Pyrenees wineries only 25 minutes away.

Fine foods and high quality wines can be discovered throughout the region and on the menus of Maryborough's dining establishments. After a restful nights sleep you are in the perfect location to explore the Goldrush Centre of Victoria.

The civic centre, in close proximity to the relaxed shopping precinct, is bounded by one of Australia's most significant clusters of public buildings McLandress Square. It features the Courthouse, Post Office, Town Hall and Fire Station. The Central Goldfields Regional Art Gallery is now housed within the historic old fire station building.

Parks and gardens abound with colour. Phillips Gardens behind the shopping precinct and Princes Park which incorporates sporting ovals, swimming pool caravan park and playgrounds, add an air of grandeur to this country city.

Lovers of fine arts and antiques can spend many hours at galleries or visiting the Railway Station Tourist Complex where old wares, art sculpture and crafts are elegantly displayed

From alluvial gold to liquid gold, Maryborough is the home of honey production. Gold is also reflected in the wattle surrounding the city where each spring the Golden Wattle Festival is celebrated.

Bealiba - Bet Bet - Moliagul

Come and explore the home of the 'Welcome Stranger", the largest nugget discovered in the world. Re-live the gold rush fever of the 1850's using modern prospecting methods by hiring your gold detector and pan and enjoying the wonderful landscape that surrounds the Dunolly, Moliagul and Bealiba areas.

More gold nuggets were found in and around Dunolly than anywhere else in the world. A replica of the Welcome Stranger nugget can be found at the Dunolly Museum, whilst a monument stands at the site of the 'big find' of the 1860's at Moliagul.

The 'Hand of Faith' nugget was found at Kingower, 30 kms north of Dunolly in 1980. It weighed 875 troy ounces and was found using a metal detector. Locals will regale you with stories of smaller but numerous finds of recent days. This really is the Goldrush Centre of Victoria.

Today, Dunolly is a town with charm. In its heyday more than 70,000 diggers resided in the area. The shops in Broadway, the main street. spread over three miles. Beautiful historic buildings remain and you can appreciate the history over a relaxing glass of wine at the sidewalk cafe or a cup of coffee at one of the tea rooms.

If it's gold heritage you're after, explore the surrounding townships of Moliagul and Bealiba and visit the memorial to Reverend Flynn, founder of the Flying Doctor Service and one of Moliagul's famous sons. In season, a visit to the cherry gardens of Mt. Moliagul is a must. The views are certainly worth it.

Bealiba is a small country town with a history steeped in gold, timber and farming. Visitors can always enjoy the peace of country living in this north-west gateway to the Goldrush Centre of Victoria. The name Bealiba, derives from two aboriginal words Bea-meaning red gum and ba- meaning creek. Goldmines and timber mills operated here in abundance and their legacy is still evident today. A quiet spot of fishing, a leisurely sightseeing drive or a beer in the local country pub... a drive around Bealiba and on to the Melville Caves which is real bushranger territory, is just another reason to stay another day in the Goldrush Centre of Victoria.

Dunolly Tourist Guide           Moliagul Tourist Guide

Amherst - Adelaide Lead - Red Lion

Take a step back in time to the goldrush era when you visit Talbot and the surrounding areas of Amherst, Adelaide Lead and Red Lion.

Today the quiet streets of Talbot beckon the visitor to stop and explore the archaeological remains of our goldmining heritage.

All combine to make Talbot a tranquil and peaceful getaway.

For the children there is one of Australia's top miniature horse and animal studs, for adults and those interested in the environment there are peaceful walks, flora and fauna in abundance.

Once you know where to look you'll find surprises everywhere.... from a fine sculpture and art gallery nestled in bushland at Adelaide Lead - to the remains of goldrush townships once populated by 30,000 diggers and now reclaimed by the environment. The friendly locals issue a warm welcome, eager to share the wealth of their history with visitors.

Talbot, a 15 minute drive from Maryborough with links to the wineries of the Pyrenees, Ballarat, Daylesford and Bendigo, is a town worth exploring.

Quartz Mountain at Amherst, 20km from Maryborough, and just a short distance from Talbot, is the largest expanse of quartz rock known to exist in the Southern hemisphere. The site of a massive goldrush in the 1850's, the rocky outcrop remains the visitor of the harsh reality of the diggings fields.

From the Talbot Museum, a walking tour of Talbot township reveals living history in heritage buildings untouched by the modern renovators hands.

The old jail, the courthouse, railway station and Prince Alfred School offer a chance to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the historic streetscape.

The museum houses an impressive collection of memorabilia and a vast array of early photographs. Open weekends or by appointment, the Museum is an excellent example of Talbot's historic architecture.

Talbot and surrounds is full of interesting surprises from art galleries to antiques to goldrush heritage tucked away in unique landscape.

Moonlight - Timor - Deep Leads:

If it's French provincial cuisine and country house accommodation that will tempt you to stay another day, then you will be surprised t find it hidden away in an Australian rural setting in this quaint and undiscovered part of the Goldrush centre of Victoria. Located between Avoca and the Pyrenees, Timor, Moonlight and Deep Leads are in close proximity to the wineries.

At Tipperary Hill historic reserve you can rediscover the history of the Irish on the goldfields or take a drive to the local winery for a glass of red.

Perhaps a twilight Cobb & Co Coach ride temps the romantic and adventurous.

The Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre can assist you enjoy this lovely region. Taking the time to explore the Moonlight, Timor and Deep Leads are just minutes away from Maryborough will will find an areas rich in stories and tales of our pioneering past.

A wander through the cemeteries around Timor and surrounds leaves a lasting impression of the reality of life and death on the goldfields. The search for gold brings many here today. Some are lucky, nuggets can still be stumbled upon but fossickers can also unearth bottles, coins and other treasures of the past. As recently as 1995 a large nugget was discovered in the Moonlight district. The friendly advice of the locals can be a great way to discover country hospitality.

Goldrush era remains such as the granite arch of the Grand Duke mine are testaments to the richness of the alluvial and deep mining of this region. The Grand Duke mine was the longest, continuous wet mine in Victoria, producing 216,054 ounces of gold from 1869 to 1896.

The Timor General Store commenced trading in 1852 and together with the unique police Lock-up make a trip around this lovely area worthwhile. Timor, Moonlight and Deep Leads invite you to relax and stay another day.

Carisbrook - Majorca - Moolort:

Your 'getaway' to the Goldrush Centre of Victoria is not complete without the friendly welcome extended by the folks of Carisbrook, Majorca and Moolort. Just minutes away from Maryborough. These villages are easily accessed from Castlemaine, Maldon, Daylesford and Bendigo.

Share the colourful history of Carisbrook from behind the bars of the old log goal, constructed around 1852 it is just part of the rich heritage waiting to be discovered in the streets of this delightful village.

Post a letter from the quaint 1880's red brick post office or purchase some old fashioned boiled sweets from the restaurant and souvenir shop nearby.

Many picturesque picnic spots beckon you to relax with a hamper or barbecue. Along the creek at Bucknall Reserve a quiet shady location can be enjoyed.

Only minutes from Carisbrook is Cairn Curran where superb sunsets, great fishing and boating facilities are awaiting the visitor. A caravan park with all the trimmings makes it easy to stay that extra day and enjoy this lovely expanse of water.

The rich pastoral history of the area is evidenced in the bluestone remains of gracious homes dotted around the countryside near Moolort. Tucked away along country roads are significant wetlands with landscapes and birdlife that make excellent photographic opportunities.

The historic village of Majorca, ten minutes from Maryborough is nestled amongst the remains of gold mining heritage. It is hard to imagine the main street of Majorca bustling with goldminers and well supplied with stores of all varieties. Today a general store, the old 'Majorca Store' and ceramics at the converted Majorca Post Office provide the only commercial venues in this delightful little village. Host farm accommodation and horse riding are available and the area is well suited to cyclists.

A tranquil atmosphere settles around this beautiful mural landscape, with fishing and bushwalking through the Majorca forest freely available

Carisbrook, Majorca and Moolort provide a stress-free getaway........

Places to see, Things to do:

Maryborough Visitor Information Centre
Maryborough Railway Station MARYBOROUGH
Ph: (613) 5460 4511,   Toll Free; 1800 356 511 or Fax: (613) 5460 5188

Dunolly Information Centre
Historic Courthouse Market Street DUNOLLY Ph:(03) 5468 1205

Majorca Information Centre
Peppercorn Tree General store MAJORCA Ph:(03) 5464 7347

Talbot Information Centre
Ph:(03) 5463 2103

Central Goldfields Tourist Guide


Brochures are available on walking, nature, wine and heritage tours. Guided tours can be arranged through Maryborough Visitor Information Centre.

Accommodation Activities
Bed and Breakfast Gold Prospecting
Camping Cycling
Caravan Parks Antique Hunting
Guest Houses Bush Walking
Host Farms Fishing
Hotels Motels Golfing
Water Sports
Fossicking for Gold
Art Galleries
Harness Racing and
so much more....

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Regional Economic and Tourism Development Unit.
P.O. Box 194, Maryborough Victoria. 3465
Phone: (613) 5461 1556 Fax: (613) 5461 4658

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Last modified: February 05, 2001