Goldfields - Daylesford & Castlemaine

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Daylesford & Castlemaine

Sensual, Spirited and effortlessly Stylish, Daylesford the jewel in the crown of the Spa Country, Castlemaine is the golden city at the centre of the Mt Alexander goldfield.

In 1851 gold was found at Wombat Flat, and Daylesford was swept up in the 1850's Gold Rush, the greatest gold rush in Australia at this time. Today Daylesford/Hepburn Springs is acknowledged as the Spa capital of Australia with 80 percent of the naturally occurring mineral spring water in Australia coming from 72 mineral springs.

Castlemaine is a relaxed town with a sophisticated feel in a stately 19th century setting. The lure of gold attracted tens of thousands of diggers to the area and sparked a flood of mining that would later define Castlemaine.  You’ll be delighted by stunning gardens, gracious boulevards and grand building all reflecting the opulence and architecture of the boom.

Mt Alexander gold fields now forms the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park - Australia's first Heritage National Park. The Park brings together natural heritage (Box-Ironbark forests) and cultural heritage (Aboriginal sites and the ruins and relics left behind by 19th century gold rushes).
Maldon is undoubtedly the best preserved of Victoria's gold mining towns. It was the first town to be declared ''Notable'' by the National Trust of Australia. The 19th century streetscape features old weatherboard homes, solid stone buildings and charming old shopfronts.

Daylesford & Castlemaine Discovery Tour

The tour begins in Daylesford and its sister town Hepburn Springs in a region world famous for 72 mineral springs, the largest collection of natural mineral springs in Australia. The Swiss-Italians realised the value of the health giving mineral springs in the area, which they protected from gold mining for mineral baths and drinking.

Whilst on tour of Daylesford/Hepburn Springs, you will discover, botanical gardens, lakes, waterfalls, taste mineral waters from the springs, visit enchanting art galleries, one even being an ex Convent. As you walk down Daylesford's bustling main thoroughfare, Vincent Street you'll find everything here from eclectic shops to antiques.

On route to Castlemaine, we enter the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park - Australia's first National Heritage Park, once known as the Mount Alexander diggings. Travelling through the park you can get back to nature as you walk through the Box-Ironbark forests, as well as, see the remnants of Aboriginal culture and gold mining relics of the gold rush.

Castlemaine is a town delighted by grand buildings, wide boulevards and stunning gardens, all reflecting the prosperity and grandeur of the gold rush.

A visit to Buda House, one of Castlemaine’s grand homes and gardens in included. This grandeur compliments modern day Castlemaine, where you can find a relaxed cafes, funky boutiques and a vibrant arts scene.

On leaving Castlemaine we trave to Maldon, which is Victoria's best preserved gold mining town, with a streets full of weatherboard homes, solid stone buildings and charming shop fronts. On top of Mt Tarrangower, you will bet breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Highlights

  • Vincent Street Daylesford
  • Mineral Spa Water tastings - Daylesford/Hepburn Springs
  • Lake Daylesford
  • Wombat Hill Botanical gardens
  • Convent Gallery - Art Jewellery Sculpture
  • Hepburn Regional Park - Blowhole mining area / Wild nature
  • Castlemaine township - Historic streetscapes / Burke & Wills Monument lookout
  • Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park - Australia's only Heritage Park / Gold rush history
  • Buda Historic Home & Garden - Castlemaine (Open Wednesday to Sunday)
  • Maldon Township - Victoria's first notable town / Mt Tarrangower lookout

Prices and Departures

Adult $179 per person

Child $74 per child (6-15yrs)

Departs 8am


Morning tea included / Lunch is not included
Pickup/Drop off – Ballarat / Creswick / Daylesford accommodation
Melbourne customers Pickup – Ballan Railway Station / Drop off - Castlemaine Railway Station
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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