With nature calling, I stepped out of the camper into a chilly winter morning. Dressed lightly in my Ugg Boots and a coat, I set out for a walk, intending only to venture where I needed to, but the place looked enchanting at that hour. When I got to the edge of the peaceful Maldon Caravan Park and approached the bridge I felt compelled to keep walking.
This was last weekend, where we had an over night stay in probably the most intact and authentic gold rush town in Australia. It’s less than two hours from Melbourne, but it could have been a world away, far from the stresses of our busy world.
The walk lead me past tall trees, heritage homes and grand buildings. Apparently there’s gold still to be found here. Untapped gold, under ground, in the hills, behind buildings …
I walked all the way into town before realising that the cold air was seeping into my bones and turning my fingers into icicles. No wonder the streets were deserted! It was time to turn around and head back to our campsite, to rug up and have breakfast, round up the troops and return to explore some more. So that’s what I did.
Fast forward a few hours and we’re all back and walking along the main street of Maldon.
It’s winter here and the trees are barren but there’s plenty of color and life around.
The town is currently in the middle of a month long Maldon in Winter festival.
I stepped through a door and was transported into a fairy tale Christmas scene. This store is dedicated to the festive season all year round and is an absolute treat for the senses.
Not only is the entire town heritage listed with the notable title of Australia’s most intact gold rush town but it has a fascinating history.
All of the buildings are as they were back in the gold rush days. It’s like stepping back in time. Just like at the Goldfields Railway
Who doesn’t love a steam train ride? Especially when two steam trains departed, full steam ahead, at the same time. It happens once a year and we were on board one of them to experience it. It was so exciting, I felt like a big kid again.
It was like stepping into a Harry Potter movie with all the romance and magic of the rail era. The return trip to Maldon was a treat as we enjoyed first class service and fun.
I fell in love with Maldon, with it’s quaint streetscape, gold rush history, friendly vibe and amazing surroundings. Aside from some fabulous eateries and shops in the main street, there are walks to gold mines and tunnels, to the top of Tarrengower Tower, with stunning views over the township. We could have easily spent a few days there.
Wishing you all a happy and fun week ahead. Hope you get to do something spontaneous this week, to relax and enjoy life, where ever you are, whether you’re in Maldon, Mentone or Minneapolis.
Stay safe and continue to enjoy the journey.
Sharing for Jo’s Monday walk.