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Maldon was declared Australia's 'First Notable Town' in 1966 by the National Trust.
Located in the Central Goldfields of Victoria, Maldon is approximately 140 kilometres north-west of Melbourne: an easy 90-minute drive from the city centre. The Calder Freeway is now dual-track all the way to Bendigo and takes you through stunning country. The Maldon exit is north of Harcourt and Castlemaine.
Stuart Mill Cottage, at No 2 McFarlane Street, Maldon, is only a short walk from Maldon's shops and restaurants which means that if you don't want to cook, a good meal is not far away. A wide variety of local shops will supply your daily needs and there are plenty of places to browse for gifts, clothes, art, and antiques.
The cottage is close to the old Maldon station where the steam trains chug to and from Castlemaine at the weekend and on Wednesdays. If you want to get to Maldon by train, the V/line service to Castlemaine from Melbourne or Bendigo is a good one. Trains from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station take about 90 minutes and from Bendigo 30 minutes. You could then catch the Victorian Goldfields Railway steam train to Maldon.
For more information about Maldon, visit the Castlemaine and Maldon Information Centre website. There are more links in the left-hand column.