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Overview

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 wine lovers won't be disappointed as a number of talented chefs have made the move to the area. Frock up or stick with country casual and book your spot at the Public Inn, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide. Savour some of the region's finest food coupled with exceptional local wines. Stock up on olive oil, cheeses, preserves and fresh apples and cider at farm gates and specialty provedores on your way through.

Antiques and collectables

Collectors, brace yourselves: Castlemaine is a veritable treasure trove. Allow plenty of time to browse the stores lining Mostyn and Barker streets and the intriguing wall-to-wall relics at the Restorers Barn.

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. 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.

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Things to do

Castlemaine

Parks & gardens

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Discover this lush Victorian garden with its manicured lawns, colourful flowerbeds and heritage listed trees.

Great trails

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.

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.

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...

Museums

Buda Historic Home & Garden

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

Cinemas

Theatre Royal

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

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...

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

Art galleries

Falkner Gallery

Falkner Gallery specialises in historic and contemporary fine arts by Australian and overseas artists. Bookplates, collagraphs, drawings, engravings,...

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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Food & wine

Castlemaine

Public INN

Join the inn crowd for high-end Provincial fare and local wine at one of Castlemaine's oldest pubs.

The Bridge Hotel

This, once-dreary country pub, now boasts a wide range of craft beers and lush green beer garden.

Togs Cafe

Togs Cafe centrally located with great food, Genovese coffee, outdoor eating area and catering...

Das Kaffeehaus

Join locals and weekenders for a Viennese coffee house experience at this café slash roastery.

The Taproom

The Taproom is a vibrant, dynamic bar and brewery serving fresh, small batch hand crafted beers and...

The Local

Stop into Castlemaine's first social enterprise cafe and tuck into locally sourced, ethical fare.

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