10 reasons to visit
Whether you're a vintage shopper or classic Hot Rodder, thrive on cafe culture or creative pursuits, love nature or a small craft brew – Castlemaine's for you. 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, and Shedshaker Brewing's tap room.
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. Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
A tranquil gem located close to The Mill, these gardens are wondrous at any time of year. Delight in the significant collection of trees, lush garden beds, Lake Joanna and the flora and fauna reserve.
4.Castlemaine State Festival
Pack as much as you can into ten days of art, music, film and theatre at one of Australia's longest running arts festivals, the biennial Castlemaine State Festival.
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.