Castlemaine is located only 90 minutes from Melbourne and is home to lots of charming and unique places to stay for a few nights. Whilst Castlemaine is the cultural and commercial heart, there are plenty of other gorgeous towns and villages within a 10-25 minute drive that provide beautiful abodes to choose from.  Whether you're looking for that luxurious contemporary designed space or a central and relaxing place to park your caravan and look at the stars, or anything in between - you'll find it all here. 

A charming cottage style experience

For many, a trip to Castlemaine, Maldon and Surrounds is all about getting a taste of that country life and bedding down somewhere that feels cozy, warm, peaceful and historic, yet decked out with contemporary comforts. Our B&B owners take enormous pride in giving you the best experience possible and we've got some absolute gems for you to choose from:

Maldon, located only 15 minutes from Castlemaine has the gorgeously restored 1860s miner's cottage -  Sinnamon's Cottage located close to Mt Tarrengower, Nuggetty Cottage - a stone dwelling in a nature setting with spectacular views or stay at the cosy Maldon's Eaglehawk Motel.

Castlemaine has some great options in Claremont Coach House, Penney's Cottage, Mossbank, The Station Master's House and Fitzgerald's on Lyttleton. 

10 minutes up the road in Guildford you'll find the impeccable gardens and cottage of Tara B&B, the stone masterpiece of Hawthorn Cottage , the heavenly hospitality of Celestine House, or the stunning converted church Villa Nova B&B.

Look through further options here. 

Hawthorn Cottage


Contemporary B&Bs, hotels, motels and unique stays 

For free wifi, Netflix and gorgeous gardens head to Haven on Barkers, if you like art and a delicious bakery with your room look no further than Newnorthern Art Hotel which is located next door to Johnny Baker's and has a gallery space on site. The Chocolate Lily B&B is a sustainable property on 10 acres of rural land with stunning views over Mt Alexander, for a 35 acre hideaway in the hills - Millduck Strawbale B&B, try the luxury self-contained accommodation in a beautifully restored early 20th Century Scout Hall at The Scout Hall  or check out Berkeley Street Townhouse, Campbell Street Motor Lodge, or Castle Motel. 

Family friendly 

Top picks would be Carramar Farm, Boundary Farm, Big 4 Castlemaine Gardens, the stylish Victorian Fairbank House and Celestine House.  Most of the above mentioned cottages under the B&B section can accommodate a minimum of 2 adults and 2 kids, all of the hotel and motel options and caravan parks are also suitable.   Search all our options here or contact our Visitor Information Centre and tell us your requirements so we can find the perfect option for you.  


Everyone travels with their pets these days. Why wouldn't you - they are such the perfect companion! There are lots of pet-friendly places across Castlemaine, Maldon and surrounds.   We also have lots of pet-friendly beer gardens and parks. Chat to our Visitor Information Centre staff for more information.  

Cycling friendly 

Djandak Lifestyle on Kalimna Reserve is located in Castlemaine, close to our main mountain bike park La La Barr Gauwa and close to the Goldfields Track. They offer a bike lock up on the property. Tread Motel in Harcourt also offers a handy location to the mountain bike park.

For more options, chat to our experts here

Accessible (for those with limited mobility or in a wheelchair) 

If you require a room with accessible amenities there are some great options. Please see our accessible travel pages here for accommodation and touring suggestions  For more specific requirements, please speak to our Visitor Information Centre staff.  

Group friendly 

Boundary Farm is a 400 acre farm experience, once an old cheese factory there are relics from this bygone area including a shed which now is an events space or creators space - accommodates up to 18 people. 

Tread is perfect for groups (especially the active kind) and is located next door to the Goldfields Track Cafe and nearby to cideries, wineries, nature tracks and trails. 

Carramar Farm is in the foothills of Mount Alexander is the perfect home away from home for the family. 

There are plenty more options so please chat with our Visitor Information staff and they'll find somewhere that meets your requirements. 

Comfortable without breaking the bank 

Big 4 Castlemaine Gardens has an ideal location next to the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and across the road from The Mill complex and the Bridge Hotel. Other options include Ty Bryn B&B, Maldon Caravan Park or Welshman's Reef Caravan Park which is located right on Cairn Curran lake - perfect for water activities. 

A touch of luxury 

Castlemaine Big 4 luxury glamping

For a touch of pampering you have lots of options - Castlemaine Gardens Luxury Glamping and villas are an great way to get the best of the joys of camping withe a few extra comforts, or try The Empyre Boutique Hotel for a touch of sophistication in the heart of Castlemaine. Other fabulous options include Johnstone Terrace, Darling House, The Red Hill Studio, The Poolhouse, Sunday House or The Shopkeepers House.