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Talbot is well suited as a base for touring other gold history towns, including:

Located 20-25 minutes drive from Talbot, Avoca is home to a variety of cafes, galleries, wineries and specialty shops.  A lively riverside market is staged on the 4th Sunday every month, and it is also home to the famed Avoca Races - an event not to be missed!

Photos thanks to WindscreenCamPhillip Biggs and Hopkinsii via Flickr

For additional information see: Avoca Community Website
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Less than 1 hour from Talbot, Ballarat is Victoria's largest inland city and renowned for its botanical gardens and historic attractions, including Sovereign Hill and the Eureka Centre.  Popular annual events include the Ballarat Begonia Festival and the Ballarat Cup, part of the Spring Racing Carnival.  


For additional information see:
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Still to write... For additional information see: Bendigo Tourism

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Still to write... For additional information see: Castlemaine on Travel Victoria site

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Clunes is just 15 minutes drive (18 km) from Talbot.  It has over 50 buildings of historical significance, including The Town Hall and Court House, churches, the several old bank buildings and verandahed shops.  It is home to the annual book festival "Back to Booktown" and the traditional Clunes Show.  

Photos thanks to SpaCountry

For additional information see: Clunes Tourism Guide.

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Still to write... For additional information see: Daylesford on Visit Victoria site

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Maldon is a charming small town, less than an hours drive from Talbot.  Designated by the National Trust of Victoria as 'Australia's first notable town', it has like Talbot maintained much of its gold rush era appearance. Maldon is also the home of the Victorian Goldfields Steam Railway, and Lake Cairn Curran is nearby.  Annual attractions include the Maldon Folk Festival and the Maldon Art Show.

Photos thanks to Jennifer aka Famkefonz on Flickr (here and here), and to Bjenks on Wikipedia. 

For additional information see: Maldon community website

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Maryborough is a larger town with regional shopping facilities including supermarkets, hardware stores, a country Target and other amenities.  It is around 20 minutes drive (15 km) from Talbot.  Maryborough also has numerous historic buildings, including the grand Railway Station, built 1890, about which Mark Twain commented "a station with a town attached".  Popular events include the annual New Years Day Highland Gathering and Harness Racing.   

Photos thanks to Mattinbgn on Wikipedia, Helen Harrington on Flickr 
For additional information see: Visit Maryborough. 

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This page was last updated on 3 December 2010

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