If you would like to explore the surrounding region you will discover there are lots of things to do near by. Taradale Viaduct is a local engineering marvel and is visually very impressive. Close by is Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. Malsbury also offers some quaint restaurants, cafes and shops. You can even learn to drive a steam train on The Victorian Goldfields Railway!
Near By Cafes and Restaurants
Taradale is a popular place for walking with locals and visitors. Walkers are encouraged to be aware of fire and weather conditions before they go out and to make sure to inform someone of their intended path and estimated trip duration
Find Taradale walking maps via this link: www.taradale.vic.au
The surrounding area is made for cycling with a network of mountain bike tracks and quiet country roads for all ages and abilities to satisfy even the keenest of cyclists.
To view the area cycling maps go to: www.mrsc.vic.gov.au
Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve
The Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve was gazetted in 1888. The Mineral Springs Reserve is a vital oasis in the township with a generous number of mature trees for welcome summer shade and beautiful autumn colour. The advanced European plantings in the park have been complimented by native revegetation work regularly undertaken by community groups and students from the Taradale Primary School. It has a free gas operated, undercover bbq area. Seating is scattered through the park and modern playground equipment has been installed.
Dominating the Taradale skyline is the spectacular bluestone and iron Taradale viaduct which stretches approximately 213 metres across the Taradale Back Creek and approximately 40 metres above. Completed in 1862, the viaduct was the last major work to be completed on railway line and was the longest metal girder bridge in Australia at the time of its construction.
Malmsbury Botanic Gardens
Established in the 1850’s the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens is central to Malmsbury off the Calder highway. It is one of Victoria’s earliest regional botanic gardens encompassing a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs along with a few surprises from its rich past.
Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway is an authentic steam heritage train linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria.
The Victorian Goldfields Railway even offers you the opportunity to drive a train!
For more information go to: www.vgr.com.au
Kyneton is an historic rural town with some of the finest preserved heritage and bluestone buildings.
Kyneton is a growing rural hub with an artistic and gastronomic focus including the renowned Piper Street precinct which is a shoppers haven offering a eclectic mix from antiques to modern art. The golf course at Kyneton is set in a beautiful bushland settingwith an abundance of wildlife http://www.kynetongolfclub.com.au/
Castlemaine's historic streetscapes are a reminder of its immensely rich gold mining days, with many magnificent public buildings located in Mostyn Street and Lyttleton Street. Several historic churches and hotels can also be found around Castlemaine's town centre.
Journey to historic Maldon and experience what life was like during the gold rush era. Wander past old weatherboard homes, solid stone buildings and decorative shop fronts in this lovingly preserved Australian gold mining town. Maldon was awarded the 'most intact heritage streetscape' by the National Trust.