Maldon Historic Reserve


Maldon Historic Reserve

Maldon Historic Area is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape that includes traditional Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Located in and around Maldon township, Maldon Historic Area protects many relics of the gold mining era – shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, quartz roasting kilns, stone walls, chimneys and machinery. The area is surrounded by beautiful Box and Ironbark forests, once threatened by the constant demand for timber to feed steam boilers and shore up mine tunnels.

Alluvial gold was discovered in the Maldon district by Captain John Mechosk, a German prospector, in 1853, resulting in a rush of some 20,000 diggers to the alluvial gullies around Maldon. By the following year, only 2000 remained. After the initial rush, companies were set up to mine the rich, but sometimes elusive, quartz reefs. Some alluvial mining was carried out using puddling machines powered by horse or steam. In the 1860s the amount of quartz reef gold produced at Maldon almost rivalled Bendigo (Victoria’s richest quartz mining field). This prosperity was short lived (from 1870-1900), and the last deep mines closed in 1926. As gold production declined, the town’s population dwindled. For most of the last century, Maldon experienced very little growth. 

The miners left behind one of the best collections of accessible quartz reef mining relics in Victoria. Many of the mine sites, historic buildings and heritage features have been preserved. 


Things To Do


Beehive Mine Chimney

The 30m high Beehive Mine Chimney is an iconic part of Maldon’s history. Completed in 1863, the towering chimney is the oldest and largest of its kind in Victoria. Park off Bendigo-Maldon Road and stroll through well-formed walking tracks through the Beehive Mine site.

Mount Tarrengower Lookout

Built in 1923, the tower lookout offers spectacular views over the region. Drive right up to the lookout via Mt Tarrengower Road and then climb the tower to spot neighbouring peaks, including Mt Alexander, Mt Korong, Mt Franklin, Mt Beckwith, Pyramid Hill, Mt Buninyong and Mt Macedon.

Porcupine gold dredge and dragline

Just off Bendigo-Maldon Road, visitors can get a close look at some enormous mining machines. The dredge and drag line were once used to excavate material from the riverbed to aid in the search for gold.

Picnic in Maldon Historic Area

Picnic areas are located at Butt’s Reserve, North British Mine, South German Mine, Carman’s Tunnel and Mt Tarrengower. Each area is surrounded by the now-restored Box-Ironbark forest which support a diverse range of native plants and animals, including many threatened species.

Maldon Historic Area

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:


Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Maldon Historic Reserve

Maldon Historic Area is 136km north west of Melbourne. To get there, turn off the Calder Highway toward Castlemaine and Maldon at Elphinstone.

Need to know

Maldon Historic Reserve

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Maldon Historic Reserve

    Parkins Reef Walk closed

    The Parkin's Reef Walking Track at the North British Mine site is closed until further notice. 

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