Remember holidays with the extended family when you were a kid. Sitting by the warm campfire on a cold night toasting delicious marshmallows whilst listening to Grandad and Grandmas amazing stories or those carefree days fishing or playing in the park with the whole family?
Bring back those fun family traditions here at BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens with these fun activities for the whole family, Mum, Dad, Grandpa, and Kids alike. Offering the right balance of activities, culture and relaxation to appeal to everyone.
Come and join us and bring the extended family to BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens for a weekend or a week. You'll find plenty to do here in Castlemaine when you're holidaying with the relo's. Here's just a few ideas.
Victorian Goldfields Railway - www.vgr.com.au/homepage.php
Lets face it everybody loves a steam train. The Victorian Goldfields Railway Steam Train runs between Castlemaine and Maldon on Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays. A beautiful way to see historic Maldon. Departs Castlemaine at 11.45am and leaves you in Maldon for 2 hours which is just enough time to walk the main street and have some lunch or a picnic with the extended family. Then departs Maldon at 2.30pm arriving back at Castlemaine at 3.15pm. There are also special events like Steam Trains for Kids during school holidays, Ales on Rails, and you can also arrange to drive the steam train yourself. A great family day out. BIG4 members book through us for a 10% discount.
Old Castlemaine Gaol Tours - www.oldcastlemainegaol.com.au/
First built in 1861 and active for over 130 years, the Old Castlemaine Gaol has seen men, women and children of all ages pass through its imposing wooden gates. It is now open daily for tours, houses a café for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a one-of-a-kind music venue. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience for yourself this piece of Australian history. You can even do a Ghost Tour!
Forest Creek Historic Gold Diggings - www.fomad.org.au/diggings.html
Teach the kids about our facinating Goldfield history with gold panning, gold interpretive Trail, Geological Maze, the Big Dundee Jock Mystery Trail and a beautiful indigenous garden. Forest Creek Historic Gold Diggings have something for everyone. A fun and interesting way to spend an afternoon.
Carmens Tunnel - www.maldon.org.au/carmans-tunnel/
Have fun venturing into Carmen’s Tunnel to find out how the old miners extracted rock and dirt in the 1880’s to find precious gold. Guided tours run for approx. 30 mins. Wheelchair friendly.
Castlemaine's Theatre Royal - www.theatreroyalcastlemaine.com.au/
Why not take the family along to see a movie and have an ice-cream at the oldest continuously running theatre on the Australian mainland. Enjoy discovering the unique style and charm of the Castlemaine Theatre Royal or even stop by for a coffee, milkshake or a bite to eat.
Botanical Gardens - www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Castlemaine_Botanical_Gardens
The beautiful Castlemaine Botanical Gardens are right next door to our park. The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens feature an outstanding collection of mature trees, including many conifers, Elms and Oaks. There are also stunning individual specimens of Indian Bean Tree, Peppercorn and Lime. Many of the trees are characteristic of late nineteenth century gardens and are classified on the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees. An English Oak planted in 1863 is one of the oldest commemorative plantings in Victoria. The kids will love the fabulous award winning playground or you can relax with a picnic on Lake Joanna while the kids delight in feeding the ducks.
Giant slide, BBQ facilities, swimming, bush walking. Take a picnic, enjoy a bush walk or have fun playing on the giant slide. See nature at its best and take along an empty drink bottle to sample some tasty mineral water from the spring.
The Oak Forest - www.harcourt.vic.au/oak-forest/
Enjoy a lovely walk with the family followed by a picnic under the oaks in this beautiful setting.
Dog's Rocks - www.harcourt.vic.au/dogs-rocks-mt-alexander/
Near the peak of Mt Alexander, huge, picturesque granite outcrops. A favourite spot for abseiling and a popular stopover landmark for bush walks. Also a great spot for a picnic.
Golden Point Reservoir - www.harcourt.vic.au/golden-point-swimming-fishing/
One of the most beautiful swimming and fishing places you’ll ever find. Walk around the reservoir or pick a place to laze a few hours away. Swim, fish, or lay back and relax.
Cairn Curran Reservoir - www.visitmaryborough.com.au/things-to-do/cairn-curran-reservoir
Take the opportunity to go fishing, exploring, boating or even swimming at Cairn Curran Reservoir. BBQ’s and Picnic facilities available too.
Mount Tarrengower - www.maldon.org.au/mt-tarrengower-lookout-tower/
Venture to the top of Mount Tarrengower and climb the lookout tower. There you’ll get a 360 degree picture of the Maldon township and surrounding countryside. Fantastic views.
Mount Alexander - www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mount-alexander-r.p.
Take the family bushwalking on Mount Alexander. Family bushwalks, BBQ and picnic facilities, lookouts and animal sightings are among the many fun things to do.
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum - www.castlemainegallery.com/introduction/
Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Museum has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district. The beautiful art deco building, dating from 1931 with several extensions since then, is a work of art itself, with purpose-built galleries.
Castlemaine to Maldon Trail - www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=2798
Experience the Castlemaine to Maldon Trail with the extended family. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy stunning natural surroundings as they travel all or part of the 17.7 km walking and cycling trail lining the shire's largest towns of Castlemaine and Maldon. Look out for the steam train as you walk, run or ride the trail alongside the historic goldfields railway.
Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar - www.castlemainebazaar.com.au/
1400 square metres that plays host to multitudinous stallholders offering a diverse and eclectic edit of vintage magnificence. Plus there’s a smitter-smattering of central Victorian cleverness and handmade newness. And stuff. There’s lozza, lozza stuff. So come and have a browse. You just may find that exact thing you weren’t looking for.
ASQ Sky Dancers - www.asq.net.au/locations-garden-landscape/harcourt
ASQ Skydancers Garden Gift & Café is set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Harcourt and the stunning garden in which it sits makes it the perfect place to dine, relax and shop for that perfect gift, garden accessory, pot or plant. The site is also still a home to their friendly butterflies, which can be found dancing inside the butterfly enclosure on fine sunny days between October and May.
Pop in and explore the huge variety of books for all ages and interests. From history to homour, poetry to politics, cook books to kids books, there truly is something for everyone at Stonemans.
The Chocolate Mill - www.chocmill.com.au/index1.html
At the Chocolate Mill all their Belgian couveture chocolates are hand-made on site. A retail store in the front of the kitchen, with a viewing window allows you to see the production as it happens. There is a cafe too where award-winning hot chocolates, coffees, ice-creams, cakes & drinks are served.
Icecream Social - www.icecreamsocial.com.au/
Small batch icecream, gelato and sorbet from fresh local ingredients made right here in Castlemaine. All flavours are made from scratch and use no artificial colours or flavours. Drop by and try the latest, greatest flavours. There's one for all members of the family.
Pick your own fruit and berries
There are a plenty of farms nearby where you and the family can pick your own fruit and berries. A wonderful experience for old, young and in between. Drop into Reception for details about what’s in season and where to go.
Castlemaine Artists Market - www.castlemaineartistsmarket.com.au/
Whether you are after a treasure for yourself or an utterly unique gift, you’ll find the very best art and design talent in the region, along with live music, performance, sumptuous food stalls, top-notch organic, fair trade coffee, and some welcoming country town-folk, making this market a must-see for any visitor to the area.
First Sunday of the month.
Castlemaine Farmers Market - www.castlemainefarmersmarket.org/
Fresh, local, seasonal food. The finest producers of the Mount Alexander Shire region, all in one place.The Supporting local farmers and providing fresh, local food since 2005.
First Sunday of the month.
Maldon Market - www.maldonnc.org.au/
The Maldon Market is a monthly Sunday market for lovers of hand grown produce, home made food and gorgeous hand made crafty treats
Second Sunday of the month.
Wesley Hill Market
Great atmosphere and the place where locals go to pick up their locally grown and organic fruit & veggies, plants, coffees and a delicious array of food including traditional yum cha, pastries, organic bread, cakes and the best Chai you are ever likely to drink!