Local Markets and Villages
Avoca (fourth Sunday)
Bridgewater (second Saturday Oct-May)
Maryborough At Carisbrook (first Sunday)
Carisbrook Town Hall (2nd & last Sunday)
Dunolly (second Sunday)
Talbot Farmers' (third Sunday)
Station Domain Market (fourth Sunday)
Explore the Central Goldfields Shire by taking a tour of our villages:
Rich in History and Opportunity...
A testament to a rich past shows in the region’s grand buildings, historic cottages, and gracious homes. Today, many a visitor comes to walk in the footsteps of the prospectors of the goldmining era.
Maryborough has a splendid cluster of heritage buildings centred around the Maryborough Civic Centre. The elegant architecture of The Court House, Town Hall, Post Office and Old Fire Station display the fine workmanship of a bygone era.
Today’s visitors come for many reasons: to wander through the lovely box-ironbark forests with its wildflowers, birds and superb display of Wattle in the spring, to research family history, to visit nearby wineries or explore markets, galleries and museums.
The Central Goldfields Art Gallery, now housed in the former fire station building and the fine architecture of the Bull and Mouth Hotel in the main street, are a must-see on any heritage inspired walk.
Maryborough’s art trail starts with the changing exhibitions shown at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery. The Gallery rotates local and contemporary artists from the Goldfields region, and covers a wide range of styles. The Gallery Collection includes work by renowned and local artisits.
No visit is complete without seeing the award winning, historic Maryborough Railway Station dating back to the 1890s. Mark Twain remarked when visiting "You can put the whole population of Maryborough into it with a sofa a piece and have room for more". The station is reported to have the longest platform in country Victoria. Admire the highly polished timber ceiling and beautiful tessellated floor in the main entrance.
Once you know where to look, Talbot will provide you with plenty of surprises. The railway station gallery offers memorabilia, artwork and an array of succulents at its adjoining nursery. The Corridor Art Gallery showcases paintings, drawing and prints by budding local artists. In the antiquarian bookstore you may find that hard to get volume. The Talbot Museum houses the Edwards collection of photographs, documents and letters, plus trade and lifestyle material from an early settler, watchmaker and jeweller, JB Edwards and his descendants.
Adjoining is the Talbot Communications Museum which is home to historic radio, phone and TV equipment.
Talbot Provedore and Eatery offer quality coffee, and beautiful meals made from local and regional produce. The local pub offers a Sunday Roast, and Amherst Winery and Romantic Vineyard are just a short drive for a tasting of locally produced wines.
Talbot is home to one of Victoria’s leading farmers markets on the third Sunday of every month, from 9.00am to 1.00pm. On market day over 100 stallholders set up in Talbot’s historic precinct, along Scandinavian Crescent and surrounding streets. On offer is farm fresh organic fruit and vegetables, honey, wine, pasta, puddings, olives, organic meat, continental cakes, local flaxseed oil, homemade cheeses, live produce, plants and more.
Please visit www.visittalbot.com.au for further updates and information.
During the gold rush, Dunolly and the surrounding district discovered more gold nuggets than anywhere else in Australia and became known as the “Golden Triangle”. Gold found in the area included the largest gold nugget in the world, the 69 kilogram “Welcome Stranger”, which was found in nearby Moliagul. See a replica of the famous nugget at the Goldfields Historical and Arts Museum.
Today Dunolly’s attractive main street is lined with kurrajongs and gold rush architecture. Stroll along Broadway, visit the museum and search for family history or visit the historic Court House and Town Hall.
Get on your bike and ride the Dunolly Cycle Tracks: a series of signed forest roads and tracks of varying length between 14 and 47 kilometres. As well as Dunolly, routes pass through the old gold towns of Tarnagulla, Bealiba, Waanyarra, Betley and Goldsborough.
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You can get an understanding of how the local squattocracy lived from Junction Lodge, a two-storey, bluestone homestead, complete with stables, barn, smithy, kitchen and workers’ quarters on Camp Street.
A few kilometres south of town the Tullaroop Reservoir, and, back toward Castlemaine, the big Cairn Curran Reservoir offer camping and fishing opportunities. Many picturesque picnic spots beckon you to relax with a hamper or barbecue. For example, along Deep Creek at Bucknall Reserve a quiet shady location can be enjoyed. Take a stoll along one of the Deep Creek walking tracks, the landscapes and birdlife make excellent photographic opportunities.
Carisbrook is the birthplace of Tilly Aston, born in 1873. Tilly, despite the loss of her sight at an early age, became an accomplished writer, poet, musician and teacher. She initiated the Braille Library and the Association for the Advancement for the Blind in Victoria (now Vision Australia).
Carisbrook is also home to the Maryborough Harness Racing Club which holds regular meets and a monthly Tourist Market on the first Sunday of each month. A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Carisbrook is available for the Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre.
Gold was discovered at the foot of Mt Bealiba in 1856 and, although the subsequent rush saw the town rocket to a population peak of 12 000, it only lasted 18 months, after which land became available for selection and farming began. Visit the beautifully restored Railway Station that proved a boon to local agriculture when it arrived from Dunolly in 1878.
There are walking and driving tours of Bealiba available at the Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre. The walking tracks take you through the red ironbark forests of the neighbouring Bealiba Ranges and Tunstall State Forest.
The Bealiba Reservoir is fantastic for a quiet spot of fishing with free camping and amenities. Whether it’s a leisurely sightseeing drive or a beer in the local country pub... a drive around Bealiba and on to the Melville Caves in bushranger territory, is just another reason to stay another day in the area.
Timor Police Lock-Up (now located next to the Old General Store) remains as a reminder of the large mining population which worked the mines in the area for nearly 30 years.
The Grand Duke Arch is well worth a visit. Between 1869 and 1896 this mine produced 216,054oz of gold worth £885,821 (about $281 million in today’s value).
The Moliagul Historic Reserve 2km south-west of the township features a granite obelisk erected in 1897 to mark the ‘Welcome Stranger’ discovery site.
The ‘Welcome Stranger Discovery Walk’ takes you to the ruins of Deason’s Hut, a puddling machine and through the remains of a Chinese Camp.
A picnic ground with shelter, drinking water and barbeques is located near the car park and information board.
Mt Moliagul dominates the surrounding plains. A gravel road winds up to a fire lookout where there are spectacular views.
Another notable son of Moliagul was the Reverend John Flynn born in 1880, the founder of the Flying Doctor service. A memorial is dedicated to him in the centre of town.
Visit Majorca and view another bijou goldrush village, including the store with its interesting façade and restored Public Hall.
The white mullock heaps of the Hanoverian Deep Lead run across the paddocks just behind the town. Once famous for its mines and hotels. Hundreds of wooden poppet heads once dotted the landscape. The historic Majorca Cemetery is well worth a visit.