Hmas Castlemaine at Gem Pier Williamstown
HMAS Castlemaine - After Deck
HMAS Castlemaine - Bridge
HMAS Castlemaine - Engine Room
HMAS Castlemaine - Boiler Room
Crew Sleeping Arrangements
HMAS Castlemaine - Museum in Seamens Mess

HMAS Castlemaine Museum Ship

Address: Gem Pier, Syme Street, Williamstown, Victoria 3016

Phone: 03 9397 2363  


HMAS Castlemaine is one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and is the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over four decades.

She was built by the Melbourne Harbour Trust at Williamstown Naval Dockyard and launched in 1941 by Mrs R G Menzies wife of the Prime Minister and celebrated the 70th anniversary of commissioning in 2012.

Now berthed at Gem Pier in the heart of Williamstown's historic Nelson Place precinct HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public on weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. Visitors can visit all parts of the ship and see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original main engines turning over and view a wide range of artefacts documenting Australian maritime history.

A visit to the ship is an interactive hands on experience for all the family.

Content: The Maritime Trust of Australia Inc


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Typically two adults and two children.



Children between the age of four and sixteen years old, children under the age of four receive free entry.


Payment methods accepted

Cash Only  EFTPOS 

Local directions

If visiting by car HMAS Castlemaine is on Melways page 56, drive along Nelson Place to the Commonwealth Reserve and you can't miss it. If visiting by train travel to Williamstown Railway Station and HMAS Castlemaine is a short walk north along Thompson Street to Nelson Place.


  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • Guide
  • Interpretive centre
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Shop


  • Self guided

Opening hours

HMAS Castlemaine is available for group bookings for a range of functions and guided tours and can accommodate 60 guests onboard at a time. Groups are best kept to 30 people, although two groups totalling 60 people can be accomodated on the ship at once. The ship is also available for hire as a function, film, display or performance space. Costings vary based on the timing, space and services requested. Please contact the operator for further details.

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
10:30am -4:00pm

How to get here