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Castlemaine is a historic gold-mining town in Victoria, Australia. Located in the heart of the Goldfields region, it is home to many heritage buildings and offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern-day sophistication.

Getting There

Castlemaine is located about 120km northwest of Melbourne, and is easily accessed by car via the Calder Freeway. Alternatively, you can take a V/Line train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, which takes about 1.5 hours.

Where to Stay

Castlemaine offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from luxury hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts. Some popular choices include:

  • The Empyre Hotel – a beautifully restored 19th-century building in the heart of town
  • The Newnorthern – a boutique hotel with a contemporary twist
  • Campbells Creek House – a charming bed and breakfast set in a 1920s weatherboard cottage

What to Do

Castlemaine is a hub for arts and culture, with a vibrant arts scene and many galleries and exhibitions to explore. You can also indulge in some retail therapy at the local boutiques and antique shops, or take a stroll along the picturesque streets and admire the historic architecture.

The town is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, and there are plenty of stunning parks and reserves to explore. Some popular options include the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, the Kalimna Park and the Mount Alexander Regional Park.

Where to Eat

Castlemaine boasts a range of dining options, from cozy cafes to fine-dining restaurants. Some local favorites include:

  • The Good Table – a charming cafe and bakery that specializes in fresh, local produce
  • The Public Inn – a modern Australian pub with a focus on seasonal, regional ingredients
  • Bistro Lola – a French-inspired bistro with a delicious menu of classic dishes and modern twists

Castlemaine also has a thriving food and wine scene, with a range of local vineyards and producers offering tastings and tours.

Visit Castlemaine

Castlemaine is a hidden gem in the heart of Victoria, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in exploring the town’s heritage, relaxing in nature or simply indulging in some good food and wine, Castlemaine has something for everyone.

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