Things to See and Do

Near Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Castlemaine is a beautiful town which is busy, yet not over run with tourists. There are many activities to do locally including markets, wineries, lots of interesting shops to explore, as well as a vibrant cafe culture offering so many wonderful choices when it comes to dining. Castlemaine has a thriving arts and cultural community and has made its mark as a leading Regional Arts Centre. We are also…

Castlemaine is a beautiful town which is busy, yet not over run with tourists. There are many activities to do locally including markets, wineries, lots of interesting shops to explore, as well as a vibrant cafe culture offering so many wonderful choices when it comes to dining. Castlemaine has a thriving arts and cultural community and has made its mark as a leading Regional Arts Centre. We are also a great base from which to explore a number of other historic towns in the Goldfields area. Ask us about our suggested day trip itineraries or group packages.

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Local Highlights

Restorers Barn
The hardware store of last century is must see, It could take half an hour or half the day. The Restorers Barn has 10,000 sq ft of interesting collectables and fittings from the past as well as thousands of reproduction architectural products. Find that missing plate from Grandma's dinner set, door knobs and light switches to suit your renovation, or any other lost treasures. Capturing history from the practical to the collectible.

Theatre Royal
Castlemaine's Theatre Royal is the oldest continually operating theatre on the Australian mainland. Castlemaine is very proud of this iconic building. It has a history of over 150 years of continuous entertainment on the same site . Cinema operates 7 days a week with live shows and special events a regular feature. Check out their website for programs.

Victorian Goldfields Railway
The 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 at one of the fine restaurants or old world hotels. Then departs Maldon at 2.30pm arriving back at Castlemaine at 3.15pm. Also has special events - Thomas the Tank Engine weekends, Wine and Cheese Trains, see website.

The Chocolate Mill
The Chocolate Mill is the home of the Ultimate Hot Chocolate. In May 2010 The Herald Sun rated the top 5 hot chocolates in the state, Chocolate Mill was #1. Free Entry - Free Chocolate Making demonstrations.

Buda House
A charming 19th century gentlemans residence surrounded by a picturesque garden. Ernest Leviny, a noted gold and silversmith from Hungary, came to Castlemaine in the 1800's. He had 4 sons and 6 daughters, only 1 of the daughters ever married. All lived at home and when the last one died in the 1980's she sold the house as it was to The Castlemaine Art Gallery which the girls helped establish. A real step back in time.

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum Exhibitions
Many people and tourists have told us that we have one of the best galleries in regional Victoria. Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum has acquired an excellent collection of Australian art works and historical items from the district's past. The Gallery and Museum is fully accredited by Museums Australia and open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Rare Spares Legend
Rod Hatfields private hot rod collection, open to the public for a small entrance fee. Rod was the first man in Australia to go 200 MILES per hour and he has the machine he did it in on display with many of his other custom built machines. A fascinating collection from a motoring great.

Wesley Hill Market
Wesley Hill Market is on every Saturday from 7.30am thru to 1.00pm and has local and organic fruit & veggies, plants, a mens shed stall, 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!

Castlemaine Artists Market
The Castlemaine Artists' Market is set to become another treasure in the Goldfields. Held in the Western Reserve, Forest Street, Castlemaine the market provides local artists and craftspeople from this richly creative community with a local outlet. You can enjoy the offerings from the market while you browse, or even relax and listen to local musicians. Held on the first Sunday of each month except January, June and July from 10am-3pm.

Castlemaine Farmers Market
The Castlemaine Farmers' Market is located in the centre of the Historic Township and has more than 40 quality stallholders showcasing produce from Central Victoria. The Market sells locally grown and made produce where the growers/producers actually sell the product themselves. Live music and entertainment. Held first Sunday of every month except January from 9am-1pm.

Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa
A scenic 20 minute drive away, the historic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa has been welcoming visitors since 1895 to bathe in the region’s mineral waters. An icon of the region, the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is nestled in the Mineral Springs Reserve and draws mineral waters directly from the springs to offer a unique spa and bathhouse experience. Traditional communal bathing in warmed mineral water pools along with a range of hydro-therapies, a magnificent day spa and Pavilion Cafe await you.

Wineries
Castlemaine is surrounded by many fantastic wineries. Harcourt Valley, Bress Winery & Cidery, Sutton Grange Wines, Jindaarra Springs, Black Jack, Langanook... just to name a few. Pick up the Food & Wine Trail brochure from reception and plan you day. Refer to out Food and Wine page under the activities tab for more information.

Playgrounds
As well as the fabulous Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, we have Harcourt Play Ground & Campbells Creek Playground.

Steam Train For Kids
Treat your kids to a fun day out during the school holidays. Every school holidays Victorian Goldfields Railway devotes a weekend especially for kids. Join them for a fun filled day at Maldon station. Ride the steam train to Muckleford and back, meet the engine driver, ride in the cab of our diesel locomotive or on the little trolley in the station yard. Kids even get to blow the whistles. There are many other fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Please visit their website for details.

Forest Creek Historic Gold Diggings
Kits are available at the Visitors Information Centre. Open all day, every day.

Shades of Gray Exhibition
Works in metal, tin & wire, also open garden.

Castlemaine Fitness Centre
Castlemaine Fitness would like to offer our cabin, caravanning and camping guests 50% discount to attend the gym. Take advantage of this offer and make the most of your holiday with a gym workout, swim in the pool, or relax in the spa or sauna. End the day by coming back home to our caravan park to enjoy the rest of your stay.

Local Events

Castlemaine Farmers Market
on 01 April, 2016
Local cheeses are a specialty (try the goats cheese and wonderful blues), prosciutto and smoked sausages, award winning olive oil and the apples, berries and stone fruits that Harcourt is famous for. First Sunday of every month, 9am- 1pm, December to March. Alongside Castlemaine Market Building, Victory Park, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. P: 03 5470 6340 or 03 5472 5472

Bendigo Community Farmers Market
on 01 April, 2016
Regional food, wine, coffee, plants, breakfast stall, cooking sessions and music. Second Saturday of each month 9am - 1pm Sidney Myer Place (Rosalind Park end of Williamson Street), Bendigo

Heathcote Region Farmer's Market
on 01 April, 2016
The Heathcote Region Farmers' Market will showcase an exciting range of produce. Stalls will showcase what the region has to offer such as local pork from McIvor Farm Foods; beef from Warialda Belted Galloways; award winning handmade cheese from Locheilan Farmhouse Cheeses and Goldfield's Farmhouse Cheese; walnuts from Redesdale's Boonderoo Co; local Heathcote Region wines and olives; fresh fruit and veggies; heritage vegetable seedlings; flowers; honey; sourdough bread; a diverse range of preserves, jams, sauce, relish, mustards, pies, cakes, biscuits, sweet treats, take-home foods and many more. Also live alpacas and chickens! The Farmers' Market is "plastic free" so bring recyclable shopping bags. Third Saturday of each month from 9am -1pm Barrack Park Reserve.

Castlemaine Artists’ Market
on 01 April, 2016
Showcasing art and design from the richly artistic community, the market is ideally located in the centre of Castlemaine. Every first Sunday of the month, 9am-2pm, except January. Christmas twilight market held in December. Western Reserve, Castlemaine.

Fryerstown Antique Fair
from 26 January, 2017 to 29 January, 2017
Every Australia Day weekend provides an influx of visitors with the annual Fryerstown Antique Fair. First held in 1975, the Fair is one of the largest in Australia. Buyers and sellers of antiques and collectables flock to Fryerstown from all over Victoria and interstate for this long standing event.

Castlemaine State Festival
from 17 March, 2017 to 26 March, 2017
The Castlemaine State Festival is a ten day explosion of the arts with a program packed full of extraordinary events. Audiences in excess of 50,000 flock to Castlemaine for this biennial festival, with Australian and international performers and companies mixing and mingling with regional communities and audiences, in a truly celebratory festival. The Castlemaine State Festival is Victoria’s key regional arts festival and the premier arts event for Mount Alexander Shire.

Maldon Antiques and Collectables Fair
from 18 February, 2017 to 19 February, 2017
120 stalls of antiques and collectibles from all over Victoria and interstate. An unmissable event on the antique and collectibles calender.

Maldon Easter Fair
from 13 April, 2017 to 17 April, 2017
Celebrate Easter in Maldon with five days of events and activities. Events include the Great Aussie Scone bake, Good Friday Service, Saturday Market, Torchlight Procession, dancing in the street, the famous Billy Cart Race and the Gala Procession on Easter Monday.

Maldon Market - Hand Made, Home Grown
on 01 April, 2016
2nd Sunday of every month 9am-2pm. Hand made. Home Grown. Monthly farmers and makers market that brings together the very best hand made products and home grown produce from independent artisans, gourmet food makers and growers. Take your time to explore the market stalls and enjoy the wonderful vibe, music and entertainment in the picturesque town of Maldon.

Castlemaine and District Kennel Club All-Breeds Championship Dog Show
on 10 December, 2016
Annual dog show

Newstead Live Music Festival
from 26 January, 2017 to 29 January, 2017
World class performers in intimate performance spaces, concerts, workshops, sessions, blackboard spots, 6 stages, 2 village pubs, 2 cafes, bakery, grocery, Troubadour wine bar, poets breakfasts, Australia’s original Trad Disco!, excellent camping, good food, swimming pool, spacious setting and no sound spill between venues...

Bendigo Summer in the Park
on 01 January, 2017
With the arrival of Summer, it’s time to enjoy a feast of family entertainment, activities and events as part of the City of Greater Bendigo’s annual and much loved Summer in the Parks Program.

Music in the Parks
on 01 January, 2017
Located at Eaglehawk, Canterbury Park. Join the locals for some upbeat music styles.

Bendigo Easter Festival
from 13 April, 2017 to 16 April, 2017
The entertainment day of Bendigo since 1871.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival
from 09 June, 2017 to 12 June, 2017
This highly successful festival is in historic central Castlemaine. Live Jazz performances all weekend.

Maldon in Winter
from 01 June, 2017 to 26 July, 2017
Join the region for 20 plus events including art shows, a bonfire, markets & ending the evening with fireworks.

Bendigo Wine Makers Festival
on 16 April, 2017
Meet the passionate winemakers of the region, sample hand-crafted red and white wines and feast on delicious regional food. Enjoy all of this with outstanding live music in the historic garden setting of Rosalind Park. This year sees the introduction of enlightening wine and food masterclasses where you can learn about the winemaking process, as well as great wine and food matches.

Annual Harcourt Applefest
on 01 March, 2017
Celebration of Harcourt & it's produce.

Maldon Swap Meet
on 11 June, 2017
This popular event is brought to you by the organisers of the Maldon Antique Fair and the Maldon Townwide Garage Sale. A fun day for all the family with a huge range of stalls and variety of items for sale.

Sheep Dog Trials
from 15 October, 2016 to 16 October, 2016
Best of the local sheep dogs will be competeing.

Mt Tarrengower Historic Hillclimb
from 15 October, 2016 to 16 October, 2016
Australias longest running hill climb at historic Maldon.

Castlemaine Show
from 28 October, 2016 to 29 October, 2016
Camp Reserve Castlemaine, fun for all the family.

Maldon Folk Festival
from 28 October, 2016 to 31 October, 2016
Maldons' annual folk music festival

Adtrans Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show
from 19 November, 2016 to 20 November, 2016
Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve

Groovin' The Moo
on 29 April, 2017
The best of Australias regional talent come together for this festival. At The Price Of Wales Showgrounds.

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