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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. A number of talented chefs have made the move to the area, so book a table and try some of the region's finest food coupled with exceptional local wines. Stock up on olive oil, cheeses, preserves and fresh regional produce at farm gates and specialty provedores across the region.

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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Heritage buildings

Old Castlemaine Gaol

Looming atop the western horizon in Castlemaine sits a symbol of justice for the Goldfields. The Old Castlemaine Gaol was first built in 1861 and has...

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.

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

Victorian Goldfields Railway is an authentic steam railway linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria....

Cinemas

Theatre Royal

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

Parks & gardens

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

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

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