Maldon Cycling and Town history
Maldon is a picturesque town at the base of Mt Tarrangower and was established around the 1840’s. It has the title of Victoria’s first Notable Town, an award provided by the National Trust back in 1965.
Its heritage is significantly grounded in the gold rush era of the 1800’s. It now has a population around 1500. The town has protected much of the streetscape and relics of the gold rush era.
Nowadays, it hosts many events including the Maldon Folk Festival, the Twilight Dinner, the Easter Fair and the Tarrangower Historic Hillclimb.
The steam railway (Goldfields Railway) has been preserved and operates between Maldon and Castlemaine. Its always an option to ride in one direction and catch the train back. The streetscape has many Boutique shops and Cafes.
The Maldon Museum and Archives has records of the Maldon Cycling Club dating back to the late 1800s. The town and the area generally have a great natural advantage in cycling, from Gravel tracks, road rides through the quieter country roads, Rail Trail and of course the climb up Mt Tarrangower. It is only a short distance from Maldon to the renowned Harcourt La Larr Ba Gauwa Mountain Bike Park.
The tourist favourites are the Rail Trail to Castlemaine, the tracks through the Muckleford Forest and the rides through and around the Nuggetty Ranges on the outskirts of town.
The town fields a cycling relay team in the Murray to Moyne and raises funds for the Maldon Hospital.
For more details about cycling in Maldon please visit our affiliate website www.maldoncycling.org.