Winter Wonder Begins Here at BIG4 Castlemaine!
Castlemaine and Central Victoria are beautiful in winter. The cool, clear light brings the magic of the landscape - the dark granite boulders and outcrops, the woodlands and open forests, the rolling hills and pastoral country - into sharp relief. It's a time to explore: go roaming with the family or friends, enjoy challenging walking and cycling trails, beautiful parks and picnic spots, and breathtaking views. You'll have it all mostly to yourself at this time of year - so much space for fun and play, or for quiet time out, in the bright winter sunshine. And at the end of the day come home to a campfire at BIG4 Castlemaine or head off to enjoy warming country fare in a local pub. For a day away from the great outdoors, learn about the area's rich history, take a ride on an historic steam train or just sit back and enjoy a great movie. It's what winter is meant to be!
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Here are some of our very favourite winter things to do, just to get you started!
The magnificent and historic 23-hectare Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and Bushland Reserve is right next door to us. Enjoy walking and cycling, admire the birdlife and the garden beds, and let the kids loose in an award winning play space. Oh, and say hello to Victoria's official 2021 Tree of the Year, a massive and massively beautiful English Oak planted in 1863. https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/castlemaine-botanical-gardens-0
What can we say! This huge, extraordinary foodie and artisan precinct situated in a re-purposed 1860s woolen mill, is just a stroll away from BIG4 Castlemaine. The Mill is your go-to for amazing meals, coffees, wines and beers and gourmet treats with vintage shopping and arts and crafts thrown in for good measure. So much on offer! https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/the-mill-castlemaine
Located in North Harcourt, just 10 minutes drive away, this 1400 hectare park has stunning lookouts including the popular Dogs Rocks (fantastic rock-climbing!), walking tracks , and a picnic area. It's a great place to spot wildlife including Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies and a range of birdlife. https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/mount-alexander-regional-park
Head to this historic town just 15 minutes from Castlemaine and continue the outdoor, fresh-air adventures with the two-kilometre Anzac Hill walk and the Mt Tarrengower lookout, both delivering splendid scenery and views. Be sure to explore Maldon as well - there are heritage streetscapes and great cafes and pubs for a lunch. Make time to stop in at the famous Maldon Lolly Shop on High Street, open seven days from 10 am! Every old-fashioned sweet treat is on offer: fudge, licorice, sherbets, boiled lollies, jellies and so much more. (Well, it is holidays after all!) https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/destinations/maldon
This is an ideal starting point for exploring the history of Castlemaine's vast Central Goldfields. A 400-metre tracks circles around an historic alluvial goldfield and detailed signboards along the way provide fascinating facts and information about the ancient Forest Creek river bed, the gold rush of the 1850's and 1860's, and the remnants and relics of the structures and equipment left behind. https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/forest-creek-diggings
This 17.7 kilometre walking and cycling track runs alongside the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway and across scenic farm and bush lands and historic sites. It's certainly a different way of getting to Maldon! There are plenty of resting places along the way and you can arrange to return to Castlemaine on the steam train! https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/castlemaine-to-maldon-trail
If you don't want to walk or cycle to Maldon alongside the Victorian Goldfields Railway tracks, hop on the train! A journey on the beautiful and luxurious old steam train makes a very special family outing. (And remember, BIG4 Perks members enjoy discounted tickets) https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/victorian-goldfields-railway
This legend in the heart of Castlemaine was built in 1855 and is the longest continuously running theatre on mainland Australia. Go catch a latest release and stay on to enjoy a great pizza and a glass of first-rate local wine! https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/theatre-royal-castlemaine
Once a large gold rush township, this scenic destination about 20 minutes from Castlemaine is perfect for bushwalking and picnics. There are mineral spring taps to fill water bottles from, great climbing trees, picnic tables and best of all as far as kids are concerned, a giant slide to play on! https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon/vaughan-springs-mineral-reserve