Castlemaine boasts a remarkable community of artists, writers, actors and designers, who offer a host of galleries, theatres, festivals, bookshops and boutiques. It’s a theme that runs through nearby Maldon, Newstead and Harcourt.
Rich in history and opportunity... today’s visitors come to Maryborough and the surrounding villages for many reasons. Many come to wander through the lovely box-ironbark forests with their wildflowers, birds and superb display of Wattle in the spring. Others come to research family history and discover a connection to the Victorian gold rush, or to visit nearby wineries or explore markets, galleries and museums.
Take a deep breath… and travel along the meandering roads of the Loddon Valley. They start at untouched historic villages, weave their way up to spectacular views on granite strewn hilltops, through ancient forests, and then alongside wide flowing rivers and vast wetlands.
One of Australia's oldest and largest regional galleries presenting innovative exhibitions alongside a dynamic and varied suite of public programs and events. Our collection is extensive, with an emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from the 1800's, alongside a strong collection of contemporary Australian art. Visit Region
Throughout the year, find fabulous festivals and events offering the perfect chance to meet the friendly residents, taste the great local produce and see why Heathcote is one of the best, and most beautiful, places in the world.
Victorian Goldfields Railway
(03) 5470 6658
Kennedy Street, Castlemaine
Sundays and Wednesdays and some holiday Saturdays. Check our website for event trains on Saturdays; Ales on Rails, Wine and Cheese, Victorian Colonial Express.
Authentic steam era experience appeals to all ages.<p>A past era brought to life!
PO Box 51
This authentic steam era train experience links the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon.
A fun family activity, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere, sights, sounds and movement of the historic steam train era. Enjoy the trip from your own family compartment where you can open the windows, listen to the whistle and feel the wind in your hair.
For a touch of sophistication, travel in the first class art deco and Edwardian parlour carriages. Here you will experience the golden age of rail travel, where the decadence and elegance of the journey were as important as the destination. Swig a drink from the bar, sink into a cosy lounge chair and soak up the scenery.
If you would like an extra special behind the scenes experience, there’s the opportunity to ride with the driver to get a close up look at the train operations (additional fee and pre-booking is required).
Once you arrive into Maldon, you can either jump on the free shuttle into the town, or walk the short distance along the bush track. You’ll have a leisurely few hours to explore the quaint streets, shops and find a hearty lunch at one of the many eateries before returning back to Castlemaine in the afternoon.
Departs from railway stations at Casltemaine and Maldon.