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Hiking & Walking

Several guided walking tours are available in and around Talbot, as described below.

Today you can get a glimpse of Talbot's rich history wandering along one of the most intact blocks of gold era government buildings in Australia. A 1 hour guided walking tour is available starting from Market Square, Scandinavian Crescent.  It is an easy walk on mainly flat terrain.  The tour costs $4 per person which includes a brochure. Contact Talbot Visitor Services on (03) 5463 2002 to make a booking.

Photos thanks to Julian Kennard and Leah George.

Key gold era architectural sights include: 
  • Former Wesleyan Church, constructed in 1862-1863, now the oldest surviving church in Talbot.  Free use of Gothic elements contrast sharply with the classically inspired Primitive Methodist Church opposite.
  • ANA Hall, Ballaarat Street, next to the town hall, was built at the turn of the twentieth century for the Australian Natives Association.
  • Former Bootmaker, corner Ballaarat Street and Scandinavian Crescent, built by Joseph Burdess in 1862.  In 1987 the verandah was reconstructed using early photographs as a guide. 
  • Former Bull & Mouth Hotel, now Chesterfield House B&B, Ballaarat Street North, was built of local basalt in 1865 by William Owen. The original Bull & Mouth Hotel was opposite and was demolished to make way for Heales Street. The verandah was added about 1900 when the building was known as the Town Hall Hotel.
  • Former drapery, Scandinavian Crescent and Camp Street. This unusual shop and attached residence was built about 1861-82 when early development consolidated in Talbot. Originally a drapery and later a tea house, by 1919 it was Weilandt's store. The adjacent shop was built in the early 1920s and has a pressed metal facade, simulating masonry

Amherst Cemetery
A guided walking tour of the nearby Amherst Cemetery (which also serves Talbot) is available by appointment. Your tour guide is a trustee of the Cemetery and can provide information about family history research. Free transport to the Cemetery leaves from Market Square, Scandinavian Crescent. A donation is requested in aid of the care and maintenance of this historic Cemetery.  Contact Talbot Visitor Services on (03) 5463 2002 to make a booking.

Photos thanks to Tiffany Titshall.  For more see Amherst Cemetery photo album

This page was last updated on 10 November 2009

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