Mount Alexander Shire

With its Gold Rush legacy of elegant buildings, leafy boulevards and beautiful gardens, Mount Alexander is a tranquil escape within easy reach of Melbourne.

From the cherished streetscapes of Maldon, to the gourmet dining and bustling boutiques of Castlemaine, galleries of Newstead, and orchards of Harcourt, Mount Alexander Shire offers an enviable lifestyle rich in natural and cultural delights. Everything from picture-perfect period homes, to affordable family options, sprawling rural retreats and vacant land can be found in the region, which is a beacon to both first homebuyers and tree-changers wanting to commute to the CBD. Natural beauty abounds, with attractions such as Maldon’s Rock of Ages, Cairn Curran Reservoir in Baringhup and Vaugh Springs a drawcard for locals and visitors alike.

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Mount Alexander

Exhilarating bike and bushwalking trails, four aquatic centres, and dozens of recreation reserves ensure there’s plenty for active residents to enjoy.

Families are well-catered for with primary schools in most towns and excellent secondary options such as Castlemaine Secondary College and Steiner School, and Olivet Christian College.

High-quality healthcare is within easy reach, including hospitals at Castlemaine and Maldon, and a variety of specialist health services.

Hourly V/Line services between Melbourne and Bendigo keep residents well connected, while the Calder Freeway delivers commuters to the CBD in just over an hour, and the regional hub of Bendigo in less than 30 minutes.

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Mount Alexander Shire


Barfold, Baringhup, Baringhup West, Barkers Creek, Bradford, Campbells Creek, Campbelltown, Carisbrook, Castlemaine, Chewton, Chewton Bushlands, Drummond North, Eastville, Eddington, Elphinstone, Faraday, Franklinford, Fryerstown, Glenluce, Golden Point, Gower, Green Gully, Greenhill, Guildford, Harcourt, Harcourt North, Irishtown, Joyces Creek, Langley, Lockwood South, Maldon, Malmsbury, McKenzies Hill, Metcalfe, Metcalfe East, Moolort, Moonlight Flat, Muckleford, Muckleford South, Myrtle Creek, Neereman, Newstead, Nuggetty, Porcupine Flat, Ravenswood, Ravenswood South, Redesdale, Sandon, Shelbourne, Strangways, Strathlea, Sutton Grange, Taradale, Tarilta, Tarrengower, Vaughan, Walmer, Welshmans Reef, Werona, Yandoit Hills and Yapeen 

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*Data sourced from 2021 Census.
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Area attractions​


Great Victorian Trial
Mount Tarrengower Lookout
Mount Alexander Regional Park
Castlemaine Botanical
Castlemaine Art Museum
Buda Historic Home & Garden
Sutton Grange Winery
The Old Castlemaine
BlackJack Wines
Carmans Tunnel
La Larr Ba Gauwa Park

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Suburb Insights

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A reliable snapshot of the property market in Mount Alexander