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10 reasons to visit


Vintage shoppers and train spotters, ghost chasers and cider tasters, culinary queens and music fiends, Castlemaine's for you. Try our top ten things to do.

1. The Mill

Mill about with artisans, foodies, swillers and collectors at Castlemaine's creative hub. The restored woollen mill houses vintage stalls and upcycled goods, fresh produce, a bakery, coffee house, ice cream scoopery, plus, equally importantly, the Castlemaine Brewing Company.

2. Castlemaine Art Museum

Wander among the landscapes and get lost in Australian art. With contemporary and major works of the late 1800s and Edwardian era, the Castlemaine Art Museum is an art-class act.

3. Old Castlemaine Gaol Ghost Tour

Spook yourself on a tour with tales of crime and punishment, untimely endings and restless souls.

4. Public INN

Join the inn crowd for high-end Provincial fare hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018 within the walls of Castlemaine's original, repurposed fire station.

5. Victorian Goldfields Railway

Choo-se steam for a trip between historic gold mining towns Castlemaine and Maldon. Experience old-school glamour in first-class and take in the scenery from the parlour car's viewing platform.

6. The Bridge Hotel

Make like James Brown and take it to the Bridge. Catch gigs, spend sunny afternoons in the beer garden and wintry evenings by the fire, all with craft beer and great pub-grub on hand.

7. Theatre Royal

Have a royally good time at Australia's oldest continually operating theatre. Originally constructed to entertain diggers during the gold rush, the restored art deco Royal is now a cinema and live music venue.

8. The Restorers Barn

Wander with wall-to-wall relics, fittings and collectables. It's a haven for renovators, interior designers and the merely curious.

9. Buda Historic Home and Garden

Escape to the secret gardens surrounding historic Buda, a goldfields villa built in 1861. Venture inside to see furniture and art from the days of yore or time your trip for a dose of modern-day arts and crafts.

10. Cideries

Take a sweet side trip to Victoria's apple capital, Harcourt. Stock up on doctor-delayers at roadside stalls, or compare the fruit fizz at local cideries Henry of Harcourt, Bress, and Harcourt Perry & Cider.

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Heritage buildings

Old Castlemaine Gaol

During the height of the Goldrush, Castlemaine was a booming mining town with enough criminals in its midst to warrant its own gaol. First built in...


Das Kaffeehaus

Join locals and weekenders for an authentic Viennese coffee house experience at this café slash roastery opposite Castlemaine's botanic gardens.


Castlemaine State Festival

The Castlemaine State Festival is a ten day extravaganza of art, music, film, culture and fun. The program is packed full of captivating events in...

22 - 31 Mar 2019


Buda Historic Home & Garden

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.

Gardens & agriculture

Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens

Castlemaine is a beautiful old gold mining town set in the centre of the Victorian goldfields. In November 2016, during Melbourne Cup Week,...

3 - 11 Nov 2018

Art galleries

Castlemaine Art Museum

Founded in 1913, Castlemaine Art Museum specialises in Australian art. The Gallery's remarkable permanent collection a strong emphasis on traditional...


The Bridge Hotel

Stop by The Bridge to graze on country-style pub grub and craft beer, then settle back for live music in the beer garden or band bar.


Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar

Baron von Le’gPulling cordially invites you to his wonder of wonderful wonderness, the Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar — 1,400 square metres that plays...


Theatre Royal

Choose from arthouse and blockbuster movies or catch local and international touring gigs at Australia's oldest continually operating theatre.


Public INN

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

National parks & reserves

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

From the remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded up fortunes, Australia's first national heritage...


The Mill Castlemaine

Hailed as a vibrant and exciting tourist destination, The Mill Castlemaine is a creative hub for foodies, artisans and purveyors of collectables and...


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