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Castlemaine

Visit historic Castlemaine, a bustling town renowned for its eclectic arts scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination.

Getting creative
Stop by a local artist's studio to find sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings and textiles, or experience the village's artistic heritage by taking in a concert at the Theatre Royal, Australia's oldest continually operating theatre. For a day viewing major Australian and international works, head to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.

Wines and fresh produce
Foodies and and wine lovers won't be disappointed. A number of talented chefs have made the move to the area, so book a table and try some of the region's finest food coupled with exceptional local wines. Stock up on olive oil, cheeses, preserves and fresh regional produce at farm gates and specialty provedores across the region.

Paved with gold
Explore Castlemaine's rich history and heritage with a self-guided tour of its grand public buildings, wide streets, ornate hotels and century-old shops. Try a spot of shopping along the way – from gourmet food and designer clothing to antiques and art. You'll find a range of self-guided walks that take in the village and beyond. Hire an MP3 player from the Visitor Information Centre in the historic Market Building on Mostyn Street and start exploring.

The open air
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the lake in the Botanical Gardens. Established in 1856 the gardens have recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Visit Buda Historic Home and Garden with its magnificent 19th Century gardens and house, or head out along the Goldfields Track by foot or on two wheels.

Things to do

Mountain bikers tackling a rocky part of the Goldfields Track, Goldfields region, Victoria, Australia

The Goldfields Track

Walk or ride this 200-kilometre trail that connects Ballarat and Bendigo via the scenic villages of Castlemaine, Hepburn, Daylesford and Creswick.

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The Good Table, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

The Good Table

Take your seat at the Good Table to enjoy share plates of regional Italian and Spanish dishes made from high-quality local, seasonal produce.

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Victorian Goldfields Railway

Victorian Goldfields Railway

The unmistakable nostalgic sound of a steam locomotive's whistle can be heard in the distance on any Wednesday or Sunday as you stroll along the main...

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Buda Historic Home & Garden Spring 2012

Buda Historic Home & Garden

Buda Historic Home & Garden is one of the great heritage assets of the Goldfields region. Buda was built in 1861 and from 1863 was the home of noted...

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Public Inn, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Public Inn

Join the inn crowd for high-end Provincial fare paired with local small-batch wines and craft beers and at one of Castlemaine's oldest public houses.

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