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BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park

Castlemaine, VIC

BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park overview

BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park is a peaceful, private oasis in the heart of the vibrant Victorian Goldfields town of Castlemaine, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. It adjoins Castlemaine’s beautiful 25-hectare Botanical Gardens and the parkland setting, trees, breezes and birdlife provide a magical holiday backdrop.


A winner of multiple tourism awards, BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens offers accommodation options for a fun-filled family holiday, a perfect romantic retreat or a leisurely getaway with friends. You’ll find luxury glamping, spacious villas, a luxury accessible villa, and comfortable cabins, as well as picturesque, pet-friendly powered and unpowered sites.


The park enjoys an unsurpassed location. The Botanical Gardens and adjoining nature reserve is the perfect location for an early morning run, a summer picnic or a visit with the children to an innovative, creative play space. Directly across the road is the popular artisan Mill Complex, with its range of gourmet food outlets, brewery, Viennese-themed coffee house, winery, vintage bazaar, artisan workshops and much more. To top it off, a couple of friendly country pubs are also just a stroll away.


Castlemaine is the perfect base from which to explore Victoria’s Goldfields region and its history, arts culture, renowned wineries (the big reds are especially noted) and spectacular landscapes. The regional city of Bendigo, with its magnificent Goldfields-era architecture, parks, events and festivals, is an easy half-hour drive away, and towns like Maldon, Clunes, Harcourt, Creswick, Kyneton, Malmsbury, Daylesford and Hepburn are all nearby, offering a choice of wonderful day-trips on scenic back roads.


If you’d like to stay closer to your home away from home, BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens is a comfortable 15-minute walk from the centre of town. Enjoy Castlemaine’s architecture, coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and markets. Visit the iconic Theatre Royal, the oldest continually operating theatre on Australia’s mainland, and explore the various beer gardens, pubs, and galleries around the town.


For lovers of the great outdoors, there is almost too much to choose from. There are extensive bushland walking and cycling tracks around Castlemaine and further afield, including the renowned Goldfields Track. There is also the 1,400-hectare Mt Alexander Regional Park for bushwalks, picnics, lookouts and local wildlife.


For kids, Castlemaine and the surrounding region is nature’s playground. Get outdoors and explore historic goldmines, rock climbing, watering holes and family friendly bike trails and walking tracks. There's also plenty to enjoy at BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park, including a sensory garden designed to connect our guests with the sights, sounds and scents of nature, a school holiday activity programme, and a fun-filled Games Room. And special family holiday moments can be shared around our pizza oven and BBQ, in the "Bush Hut” Camp Kitchen, or sitting around a campfire on a winter's evening.


Come and stay in a magical holiday park in the heart of Victoria’s Goldfields and explore a region that truly has something for everyone to enjoy!


BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation who are the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we work. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We recognise their continuous relationship to the land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging

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Claire Height, owner, BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park.

I have owned the leasehold to BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens since 2008, and I am very fortunate and proud to be associated with such a beautiful place that gives happiness to so many people.


The first time I saw the park I knew it could be very special. The fact that it adjoins Castlemaine's beautiful Botanical Gardens and an important wildlife reserve makes it truly unique. There is a peace and calm that embraces our guests and enhances the holiday magic.


My vision has always been to develop the park to create a tranquil, landscaped oasis that offers outstanding modern accommodation and facilities as well as the traditional holiday park experience. The guest experience means everything to me, and so I have worked hard to ensure the park is an environment where guests can truly relax and create the very best holiday memories, enjoying the park's beauty as well as everything the town of Castlemaine and surrounding region offers.


BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation who are the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we work. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We recognise their continuous relationship to the land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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Awards and accreditations

Winner

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mount Alexander Business Awards - Innovative Service or Product 2023

Silver

Victorian Tourism Awards Silver Winner 2023

Winner

Victorian Caravan Parks Association Ray and Glenys Edwards Tourist / Mixed Caravan Park of the Year 2022

Winner

Booking.com Traveller Review Award 2022

Gold

Victoria Tourism Industry Council Victorian Tourism Awards - Caravan and Holiday Parks 2021

Winner

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mount Alexander Business Awards - Tourism and Events 2021

Winner

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mount Alexander Business Awards - Retail and Hospitality 2021

Highly Commended

Australian Tourism Industry Council QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards Highly Commended 2021

Accreditation

Accredited Tourism Business 2016-2021

Excellence

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2015, 2017