Castlemaine to Maldon Trail
  • Length: 18km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Castlemaine 

  • End: Maldon

  • Location: Western Victoria

  • Closest Town: Castlemaine 

  • Distance from CBD: 120km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.06900438

  • Longitude: 144.1941361

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Bitumen Road

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Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

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Picnic Table

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Historic Rail Trail

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Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

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Rock Scrambling

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Bush Bashing

River Crossings

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Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


Castlemaine to Maldon Trail is a 18km, grade 2 one way hike, located in Western Victoria, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This trail starts in Castlemaine and runs parallel to the Victorian Goldfields Tourist Train line to Maldon via Muckleford and is 18km long.

The rail trail is mainly on the maintenance track beside the railway line so is more undulating than a rail trail.
The towns at both ends are very attractive, and significant for their historical interest.
Maldon is notable for its 19th century appearance, maintained since gold-rush days.

Some parts of the surface is rough, but definitely rideable with a mountain bike or bike with wide tyres. It is about 18km long and is a pleasant walk or ride. Most of the trail is parallel to the railway line, with a few deviations to avoid deep gullies.

This trail was officially opened on 18th March 2017, but some detail including signage is still to be completed.  Toilet facilities or water is not available on the trail. (The toilets at Muckleford are opened when the tourist train is at the station.)


Castlemaine to Maldon in Western Victoria

120km north west of Melbourne

Coarse gravel


For more information and a location map please visit RailTrails Australia. 

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One thought on “Castlemaine to Maldon Trail (18km)

  1. My mum and I enjoyed a walk along this track this morning. We ended up doing closer to 19.6km as we finished at Castlemaine train station where we’d left one of our cars. Took us about 3.5 hours with minimal stops. Very well signposted the whole way!

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