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Castlemaine Getaway

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Published May 5th 2010
Located only 120 kilometres from Melbourne, Castlemaine offers a wonderful weekend refuge from the rat race.

The history of this town dates back to 1851, when the discovery of gold attracted an enormous rush of diggers hungry to make their fortunes.

Although long removed from its glory days, charming Castlemaine is nevertheless a lovely place in which to take a contemplative stroll, its impressive Georgian architecture imbuing it with an unmistakable air of history. These photos prove the point.

Of all the attractions, the most noteworthy is the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, whose mining relics, pockmarked terrain and interpretive signs make it incredibly evocative. Walk around, close your eyes, use your imagination...and you should be able to visualise thousands of men, feverishly working their little patches of dirt and dreaming of striking it rich.

Other sites worth visiting include the art gallery & museum, the old gaol, the botanical gardens and Buda historic house.

Importantly, none of these stops take much time or effort, allowing you to get on with the most important part of your getaway the relaxing.

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Why? A wonderful way to recharge the batteries
When: Preferably off-peak, when its cheaper and less crowded
Where: Castlemaine
Cost: Transport, accommodation, meals and other expenses will set you back several hundred dollars
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