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An intriguing enclave of artists’ studios, galleries and cafés selling artisanal food and regional produce, this small Goldfields city is a charming getaway in Victoria.

Epicurean delights, antiques and locally made crafts await discovery behind the Victorian-era façades of Castlemaine, a gold rush city in the heart of Victoria. Get a feel for the small city’s fascinating heritage by walking down its wide streets, dotted with ornate establishments that date back over 100 years. Stop by artists’ studios and galleries selling unique items, such as ceramics, textiles, paintings and jewellery.

Start your trip in Castlemaine at the Visitor Information Centre, located within the historic Castlemaine Market Building. Here, you can pick up brochures detailing different parts of the city or embark on a walking tour with a hired audio guide. Stroll around Lyttleton Street and Mostyn Street to find a collection of stately historic buildings. Nearby, find the tall Burke and Wills Monument, a structure that honours the two frontier explorers who died traversing the outback in 1861. Take in views of Castlemaine’s surroundings from this hilltop monument. Don’t miss the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum to see a collection of artworks by Australian and international artists.

After a long day exploring art galleries and antique stores, stop for a meal in one of Castlemaine’s high-quality restaurants. Serving fresh produce with award-winning olive oil, cheeses and preserves from the region, Castlemaine has a rightful place on every Victorian foodie’s map. Many of Castlemaine’s restaurants also stock a selection of excellent local wines.

Catch a film, performance or recital at the city’s Theatre Royal, Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre. Join the locals at the Wesley Hill Community Market every Saturday and peruse locally crafted items and farmers’ produce.

Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens offer a serene landscape where you can relax in the grass or stroll around the lake. Visit the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park to bushwalk, spot bird species and check out goldmining relics.

Reach Castlemaine in approximately 90 minutes by car from Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city. The regional V/Line railway service from Melbourne to Bendigo also stops in Castlemaine. Within the city, catch local buses or climb aboard the Victorian Goldfields Railway to experience the historic passage to Maldon via Muckleford.

Top hotels in Castlemaine

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Castlemaine Colonial Motel
Castlemaine Colonial Motel
3 out of 5
252 Barker St, Castlemaine, VIC
The price is AU$139 per night

Situated in Castlemaine, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Buda Historic Home & Garden, The Mill Castlemaine and Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Old Castlemaine ...

Castlemaine Colonial Motel
Albion Motel Hotel
Albion Motel Hotel
3.5 out of 5
152 Duke Street, Castlemaine, VIC
The price is AU$110 per night

Located in the heart of Castlemaine, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wesley Hill Market, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Buda Historic Home & Garden and Old Castlemaine ...

4.2/5Very Good! (351 reviews)

"Nice clean place to stay. Friendly and helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019

Albion Motel Hotel
Campbell St Lodge
Campbell St Lodge
3 out of 5
33-31 Campbell St, Castlemaine, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$135 per night

Located in the heart of Castlemaine, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Buda Historic Home & Garden, Old Castlemaine Gaol and The Mill Castlemaine. Castlemaine ...

4/5Very Good! (36 reviews)
Vintage hotel in historic town

"This is an old house so you shouldn't expect modern features. We really appreciated its vintage and the way it fits into the Castlemaine history. The bedroom was comfortable and spacious with a modern bathroom attached. No breakfast was available but we knew about great cafes very close by."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

Campbell St Lodge

Popular places to visit in Castlemaine

Convent Gallery
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Convent Gallery

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Come to this central Victorian exhibit space to admire its eclectic mix of artwork, see its heritage architectural features, browse its sculpture garden and relax in its café.

Top activities in Castlemaine

Victorian Goldfields Railway Steam Train Ride
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Victorian Goldfields Railway Steam Train Ride

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Reviews of Castlemaine


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5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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2 - Disappointing
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2/5 - Disappointing

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4 Jan. 2020

Very run down shops, as a tourist town we expected shops o be open

3/5 - Okay


1 Jan. 2020

Shops mostly old,tired,not open, bad for a supposed tourist town.

5/5 - Excellent


18 Dec. 2019

Quiet country town

4/5 - Good

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15 Dec. 2019

I was in Castlemaine for a Shooting Comp.

4/5 - Good

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16 Oct. 2019

Difficult to find a meal on a Tuesday evening

4/5 - Good

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5 Oct. 2019

Great bookstores, markets, and quiet relaxing atmosphere