Traveling Back in Time to the Gold Rush in Maldon, Australia
While the glitter of old gold is still a lure, so too is the intactness of the 19th-century colonial infrastructure built around its extraction in Australia. The Victoria township of Maldon, Australia’s first Notable Town, is a prime example, the kind of place where it’s easy to imagine horses parked by the pub and dirty miners slaking a wicked thirst. Beside the compact, National Trust–listed streetscape, though, is the Maldon Historic Reserve, a surrounding bushland that protects the shafts, tunnels, chimneys, and kilns of its gold-mining past, as well as the remnants of a once vast box and ironbark forest. Signposted walking tracks make it easily accessible and bring to life an area that, in its heyday, was 10 times more populous than it is today.