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  • Things to do and see in Castlemaine

    Posted by Lindy Alexander May 28, 2013 - 1,502 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #Castlemaine  #Goldfields 

    Originally a gold mining town, Castlemaine (90 minutes from Melbourne by car or rail) boasts historic buildings, wonderful shopping and an abundance of great places to eat and drink.


    To Market, to market

    If you are someone who likes to spend your weekends sampling the delights of market stalls, Castlemaine is the place for you. The Castlemaine Farmers’ Market  (the first Sunday of the month from 8am) has more than 40 stallholders selling locally grown and made produce from Central Victoria.  http://www.castlemainefarmersmarket.org

     

    Another market worth checking out is the Wesley Hill Market (on Duke St, opposite the Albion Hotel). This lively community market is open from 7.30am every Saturday and sells everything from organic fruit and vegetables to handcrafts and plants. http://www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au/media/uploads/WesleyHillMarketBrochure.jpg

     

    Looking for something handmade in the local area? The monthly Artists’ Market (first Sunday of the month, Sept-June, 10am – 3pm) in the Brickyard Gardens of the Theatre Royal in Hargraves St, has over 45 stalls of beautiful and sustainable objects including jewellery, kids’ clothes, beauty products and pottery.


    Art

    Castlemaine is known for its rich history of artists and beautiful galleries. The best place to start is the Castlemaine Gallery. Open everyday, 14 Lyttleton Street. http://www.castlemainegallery.com/


    Go back in time

    An authentic home (housing a significant collection of art works) and garden surviving from the gold rush era in Castlemaine, is Buda. Open Wednesday – Sunday. www.budacastlemaine.org.


    What about the kids?

    If you are travelling with children, the Botanical Gardens (Walker St) should not  be missed. Boasting a whimsical and wonderful playground, parents can also grab a coffee from a stall at the entry gates.


    Victorian Goldfields Railway

    Linking the historic towns of Castlemaine and Maldon, the Victorian Goldfields Railway takes you through Box-Iron Bark forest. Runs Wednesdays and Sundays. http://www.vgr.com.au/homepage.php


    Tours

    Castlemaine Historic Town Tour: An experienced guide leads walking tours on a one hour tour of historic Castlemaine. The tour highlights many of the town's notable landmarks in addition to various sites of historical significance.


    Diggings Tour:  Gain an insight into the region's rich gold mining history and enjoy a guided tour of the Mount Alexander Diggings. The tour visits a range of historic sites that tell the story of the rush of the 1850's.

     

    Contact the Castlemaine Visitor Centre on 1800 171 888 or in person at the  Market Building, 44 Mostyn St. Phone (03) 5471 1795.


    Eat, Drink and Be Merry

    Castlemaine has plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Locals tend to gather at Togs café (58 Lyttleton St), Saff’s café (64 Mostyn St) or The Doveton Corner Store (61 Hargraves St). Coffee lovers head to Coffee Basics, a boutique coffee roaster and café  at 1 Halford St. For casual dining options try the organic and free range dumplings at Taste of the Orient (223 Barker St), get a pizza from cosy Origini (213 Barker St) or put together a picnic from the goodies from Mulberry’s deli (60 Lyttleton St). If you fancy something a bit more formal, try the seasonal menu at The Good Table (233 Barker St) or The Public Inn (165 Barker St).

     

    Vintage

    People travel from near and far to fossick through the treasures of yesteryear in Castlemaine. The Restorer’s Barn (129 Mostyn St) is full to the brim with antique cutlery and crockery, old machinery and tools, furniture and more. Belle’s Bells, on the outskirts of town (28 Johnston St) is worth a look for vintage fashions and home wares.


    Getting here

    Castlemaine is 90 minutes north west of Melbourne and conveniently accessed by road (Calder Freeway) and rail (from Melbourne’s Southern Cross station).


    Staying here

    A free accommodation booking service operates out of the Castlemaine Visitor Centre (Ph 1800 171 888), so if you want to stay in a boutique hotel, rural property, charming cottage or motel, they can organise it for you.  If you’d like to see the options for yourself, go to http://www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au/accommodation/

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