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10 reasons to visit

Castlemaine

Vintage shoppers and train spotters, ghost chasers and cider tasters, culinary queens and music fiends, Castlemaine is your town. 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

Old ghosts are the new paranormal at Old Castlemaine Gaol. 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 Age Good Food Guide 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

Set aside barn-loads of time to wander through wall-to-wall relics, fittings and collectables in this haven for renovators, interior designers, collectors and the curious.

9. The Local, Growing Abundance

Grow your own way and get a taste for the local bounty at Castlemaine's new social enterprise Growing Abundance. Time your trip with a gardening workshop or reap the rewards of local green thumbs at its cafe, The Local.

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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Castlemaine

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

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Castlemaine

Markets

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...

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...

Pubs

The Bridge Hotel

Stop for a pint at this once-dreary country pub, now boasting a wide range of craft beers, lush green gardens, and friendly atmosphere to match.

Restaurants

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.

Gold rush history

Victorian Goldfields Railway

Get the kids together for a memorable day out on this authentic steam railway, linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon.

Cafes

The Local

Stop in for a seasonal lunch at The Local, the latest venture from social enterprise Growing Abundance, and start 'eating and growing local'.

Cinemas

Theatre Royal

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

Walking tours

Old Castlemaine Gaol Ghost Tour

Lantern Ghost Tours

Perched atop a hill, the imposing Old Castlemaine Gaol serves as a warning to those below. Go deep within its sandstone walls to discover the ghost...

From $34 - $89

Shopping

The Restorers Barn

Allow plenty of time to explore the relics, fittings and collectables at this haven for builders, renovators, interior designers and collectors.

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Things to do

Shopping

Spend an afternoon shopping for locally designed clothing, jewellery and accessories, or discover the region's well-known art and collectables.

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Tours

Discover rich gold rush heritage, enjoy sumptuous food and wine, and let an expert guide you around the Goldfields.

Art & culture

Art galleries

The Goldfields is home to some of Victoria's finest galleries, housing impressive collections of works by significant European and Australian artists.

Things to do

History and heritage

See magnificent architecture, learn about gold rush and Chinese history at a local museum, or visit one of the region's landmark historic attractions.