Saturday night: Bendigo
As night falls, take in a show at new-kid-on-the-arts-block Ulumbarra Theatre or its seasoned cousin the Capital.
Treat yourself to local culinary excellence at hatted Masons of Bendigo and perfect the art of a long slumber in the Schaller Studio Art Series Hotel.
Sunday morning: Bendigo
Spend the morning wandering to your art's content at the Bendigo Art Gallery, one of the country's oldest and largest galleries with an impressive roll call of touring blockbuster exhibitions.
Fuel up with specialty small-batch brews from Brewhouse Coffee Roasters and brekky at Percy and Percy before making your way to Castlemaine.
Sunday afternoon: Castlemaine
Meander home via Castlemaine's gallery and markets, fuelling your creative pursuits with local brews and menus.
Wander the landscapes at Castlemaine Art Museum, home to a specialist collection of traditional and contemporary Australian art. Venture to creative hub The Mill for seemingly endless stalls of upcycled, vintage and bespoke local treasures, from clothing and coffee to furniture and beer.
For further, sustainable sustenance, stop at The Local before wandering back to Melbourne.
Optional extras: Castlemaine
Take the long play option and spend the evening in town. Catch a gig at live music pub The Bridge Hotel or at the beautifully restored art deco Theatre Royal, host to films and touring acts.
For dinner, make popcorn your main at the Royal, feast on good-quality pub grub at The Bridge Hotel or indulge in high-end Provincial fare at Public Inn, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.