Castlemaine Travel Guide

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Castlemaine Things to Do

  • Skydancer Butterfly Gardens and Nursery

    This is a nursery and small butterfly sanctuary combined. Be aware that the butterfly enclosure isn't heated, so this part of the attraction is rather seasonal - I guess from about October-November ending about end of April. Even if the butterflies aren't there, it's still worth a visit, but I only went there to see the butterflies (free entry too,...


    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...

  • The first thing you should do ...

    ... 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...

  • Buda Historic home and garden

    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...

  • Old Castlemaine Gaol

    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...

  • Information Centre III

    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...


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Castlemaine Transportation

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    V Line Trains

    by craic Written Apr 1, 2010

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    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.

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Castlemaine Shopping

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    Stonemans Bookroom: Fabulous Bookshop

    by craic Written Mar 31, 2010

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    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.

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Castlemaine Local Customs

  • State Festival

    Castlemaine is also home to the bi-ennial Castlemaine State Festival, which is next being held on March 30 - April 8, 2007. (The festival was first established in 1976)It is especially strong in visual arts, music, theatre, poetry and includes outdoor events as well.

  • Markets

    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).

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Castlemaine Warnings and Dangers

  • castlemaine heritage park

    warning to visitors;the area has a lot of deep and hidden mine shafts,people with young children should be aware of this danger and make sure when walking off tracks,to keep a watch on their children.

  • airless mine shaft

    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...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Castlemaine Favorites

  • Courtyard of the old Castlemaine Gaol

    Much more attractive these days as a tourist attraction than it would have been during its hellish years as a Prison.

  • Theatre Royale 3

    And my favourite part of the Theatre, the mural on the wall outside (just around the corner from the mural on the cafe wall, which probably is also a mural belonging to the Theatre.

  • Theatre Royale 1

    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...


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