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Things to do in Castlemaine

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 2nd 2013
A getaway only 90 minutes from Melbourne
Castlemaine is straight off a postcard. The buildings are preserved in detail, the parks and gardens are neatly manicured, and the local folk are all too happy to share their town with visitors. On a clear day, you can hear trains on the Victorian Goldfields Railway pass by, and smell the fresh brewed coffee from the cafes and restaurants along Barker Street.

The town seems to have a split personality, and aside from this refined image, it is also famous for XXXX beer, a hard candy called Castlemane Rock, and hot rods. The Castlemaine Truck Show also runs from November 23rd to 24th (enquiries:

If none of these are to your liking and you are after a more cultured experience, then the gallery, gardens, and historical sights are sure to please.

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Castlemaine. Credits: Wikipedia

The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum is at 14 Lyttleton Street and is only $4 entry. It's then a short stroll uphill to the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens at the Corner of Downes Road and Walker Street.

If you are in Castlemaine between a Thursday and Sunday, The Good Table
is reasonably priced with two courses for only $25, and dishes are made using local produce. If you are after a drink, the Bridge Hotel at 21 Walker Street is a friendly local pub with live music performances from local artists.

Castlemaine is only 90 minutes from Melbourne, and a good place to begin a tour of the Goldfields. The most convenient accomodation option is the Colonial Motel and Luxury Apartments at 252 Barker Street Castlemaine (enquiries:
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Why? Castlemaine - town of the high tea and hot rods.
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