Castlemaine is the surprise package of the central goldfields region of Victoria, Australia. Nestled into a valley in the stunning landscape of the box-ironbark forests, the visitor will find a community who value creativity, sustainability, innovation, the land and local produce.
There are great food and wine experiences around every corner; from cafes to innovative farmers and producers who lead the pack when it comes to ecological soil practices. From sustainable farming to straw bale B&B’s, from local businesses partnering up with local farms to chefs who emphasis free range, organic and sustainable produce and support the region’s smaller growers and producers.
Whilst in the area spend time fossicking through eclectic stores, sample the abundance of great produce in speciality provedores, relaxed cafes, high end restaurants or local markets. Alternatively immerse yourself in arts and culture or simply appreciate the architecture. The discovery of gold in the 1850’s has left a lasting legacy of beautiful heritage buildings, wide streets and European gardens – this area offers the best of a modern world in a wonderful historic setting. For the more adventurous, put on your hiking boots or hire a mountain bike and go exploring the famous “Goldfields Track" as it winds through the box-ironbark forest into some of the most spectacular scenery the region has to offer.
Goldfields Track link: Home - Great Dividing Trail, GDT, Bike Tracks, Bush Walking Victoria
Accommodation in Castlemaine:
Mount Alexander Shire accommodation service and general enquiries:
1800 171 888
The Old Market Building
44 Mostyn Street
Please note that Google Maps calls this the Castlemaine Visitor Centre.
Consider travelling to Castlemaine by train - faster, more comfortable and cheaper than by car! Click HERE for travel details.