Writing this it has just come to my attention that I may have put this in the wrong selection...well anyway not only is it about a visit to the jail but also about accommodation... I visited Castlemanine while travelling through Victoria's famous "Gold Trail" this being one of the many towns along the "trail" where there were large gold deposits...more
... is go to the Tourist Information Centre.It is in a most unusual building in the centre of town. Two very agreeable blokes gave me a free map and were busting to give me any more info I might desire.But the thing is about visiting this area, the goldfield towns of Victoria, is that without a car you would miss out on a lot. You probably wouldn't...more
Buda was built in 1861 and from the year 1863 was the home of noted silversmith Ernest Leviny and his family. The house is complete with the family’s art and craft collections, furnishings and domestic effects, and set in 1.8 hectares of gardens. This artistic and creative family occupied the house for a period of 118 years. I toured the historic...more
The former Gaol of Castlemaine is now one of its main tourist attractions. The other week I went there for the first time 'on tour' with a group of us volunteers from Daylesford Visitor Information Centre. You can tour the grounds and explore the rooms (somewhat refurbished) and see other rooms which haven't been altered at all, such as hosing down...more
Inside the former market hall, the style is in the form of a Roman Basilica, with masonry arches to define the stall spaces. The market stalls were located in the side halls. Many local materials were used in construction of the buildings, including local sandstone in the base. The building was also used for many public occasions as well as the...more
1 Duke Street Melbourne Road, Castlemaine, VIC 345
Trains leave from Southern Cross Station. They go fairly frequently. At some times of the day there is one an hour. They start early, but they don't go very late. Some go on to Bendigo, some to Echuca. I found the train comfortable, the guard was polite and announced all the stops and made sure we got off at the right place. The train was very clean. It had lavatories. But there was no canteen on board, bring your own supplies. Non reserved seats travel in one carriage together. But the guard tells you which is the right carriage.
It took about an hour and a half. The station is a 10 minute walk into town. I saw people ringing up for taxis, there were no taxis waiting.
They are an arty, literate lot in Castlemaine and the surrounding district, and bookshops and cafe/bookshops are not rare. But this is a lovely one I think.
It is right in the centre of town and sells new and used and office supplies.
A wonderful atmosphere, I could have browsed forever.
There is a Booklovers Trail in the district (see link below) for seriously keen bookworms. And Stonemans Books features, of course.
Weekend markets in the region: Harcourt Farmers Market, 1st Sunday of each month (9am-1pm)Address: Corner Blackjack Road & Midland Highway, HarcourtHarcourt is well known for its apple growing. On the 4th Weekend in March, Harcourt also has its annual Apple Festival (this includes street markets on the Saturday & Sunday).more
there is an open (safety grill has been cut out )mine shaft at the castlemaine heritage park near the eastern most end of eureka reef it is the horizontal type of mineshaft and has no air inside after about 20 metres. be aware it can be dangerous as well as the fact that toward the end of the tunnel there is recent signs of a cave in. i have been...more
This photo was taken looking down from the back of the 2nd storey of the Malmaison gift/furnishing shop.Years ago I, and probably a lot of other Australians, would have seen this building as nothing more than a bit tumbledown and rusty, but the way I see it today, it's more 'rustic charm' than anything else, and somebody has obviously cared about...more