A PLACE TO RELAX AND RECHARGE
Boundary Farm is situated on the Loddon River just 10km down stream of Lake Cairn Curran and 6kms from the little hamlet of Baringhup.
Historic Maldon voted 1st Victorian Notable Town is 18.5kms away and Castlemaine, voted Victoria’s best country town, is 35 mins drive from Boundary Farm, with an excellent train service to Melbourne and all facilities (hospitals, schools, etc).
The historic Central Goldfields towns, notably Maryborough, Carisbrook and Dunolly are within 30 minutes’ drive from Boundary Farm.
The farm is a comfortable 1 hour 40 minute drive from Melbourne CBD.
There is a sealed road to the picketed entrance where the picturesque 700 + metre drive begins its journey over Boundary Creek and past fertile basalt/alluvial soils to the historic bluestone Homestead.
Originally settled by the Rumbold brothers in 1860, Boundary Farm has a long and rich history of farming. Over the past 150 years Boundary Farm has supported dairying, cereal cropping, cheese making and, more recently, a commercial olive grove.
David Rumbold Snr established the original dairy and was successful at the Royal Melbourne Show for his produce being awarded Grand Champion cheese maker.
Built in 1863, of bluestone from the property and cut by hand, the first building constructed for the three brothers had a stand alone kitchen/ cookhouse (now the cottage).
The buttressed barn (now the Studio) was built in 1870, the architecture copied from a local church design in Maldon. The barn was originally built to support the farm’s award winning cheese-making enterprise. There are also 2 hand dug, bluestone lined cellars on the property, one of which has two levels and is about 25 feet deep. With a constant year-round temperature these cellars were ideal for storing the cheeses as they matured.
David Rumbold Snr married Mary Collard in 1868 and over the next 18 years they had 8 children. As the family grew and the business flourished, they built onto the original bluestone structure and in 1896 completed the front section of the house which now houses four bedrooms, lounge and central bathroom. A second bathroom, laundry, boot room and sun room were added in the 1990’s.
The Rumbold brothers prospered on the rich red volcanic plains soil, working the land with a wide range of horse-drawn implements. This equipment including an original Sunshine Combine Harvester and Sunshine Seeder were drawn by powerful Clydesdale horses that were bred on the property. This collection of historically significant agricultural equipment, from another era, remains on display at Boundary Farm.
- Shopping : explore the historic street scape & shops in Main Street
- Food & Wine: enjoy the produce of various restaurants, coffee shops and delis in the town
- Maldon Monthly Market : A popular 2nd Sunday of every month, including January
- Carman’s Tunnel: explore the tunnels of this 1882 goldmine
- Mt Tarrangower : climb to the top for views of the village &surrounds
- Gold Dredge & Dragline : a relic from the gold rush days
- Beehive Mine Chimney: a historic piece of 1863 brickwork
- Victorian Goldfields Railway: runs regular steam trains along the branch line from Maldon to Castlemaine and return every Sunday and Wednesday
- Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum : features a collection of old agricultural & mining machinery used in the area in times gone by
- Maldon tourist info : maldoncastlemaine.com.au/maldon/