A bustling town on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People, Castlemaine is renowned for its eclectic arts scene, gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination.
There's no better creative expression than The Mill - a lively artisan precinct home to vintage markets and makers producing clothing, furniture, art, small-batch coffee, beer, wine, smallgoods, cheese and more. A vibrant live music scene draws crowds all year round - see gigs at Theatre Royal, The Bridge Hotel, The Taproom and more.
For exhibitions with significant local, Australian and international works you're spoilt for choice - head to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum or stop by a local artist's studio gallery to find sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings and textiles.
Wines and fresh produce
Foodies and wine lovers won't be disappointed. Excellent pub fare, artisanal producers, contemporary cafes and restaurants as well as breweries, cideries and wineries. 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 in and around town. From the Vintage Bazaar at The Mill - 1800sqm of vintage heaven, eclectic bookstores, automobilia, furniture, gardenware and more.
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. Pick up maps 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. Home to significant trees, indigenous plants, gentle paths, playground and rotundas - there's something for everyone and each season is unique. Visit Buda Historic Home and Garden with its magnificent 19th Century gardens and house, check out Mount Alexander or head out along the Goldfields Track by foot or on two wheels.