posted on 15 Sep 23 | by Castlemaine, Maldon & Surrounds

Check out our last minute ideas on what to do in the Spring School Holidays!

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Circus Mania

Circus Mania is a 5 day and night Circus Festival running from September 27th - October 1st in beautiful Castlemaine, showcasing the world-class talent that is in and in fact all-around Victoria! Featuring extraordinary ‘award-winning’ contemporary Circus, saucy Cabaret and family-friendly Entertainment, this festival has something for everyone, all taking place inside ‘The May Wirth’, a stunning 350-seater traditional circus tent! With Food Trucks, Garden Bar and Live Music, there is plenty to do before and in-between shows. 

Big tent fun!
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The Pony Express

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure? Parents will enjoy a delicious glass of bubbles on arrival and children, a refreshing mocktail as you watch an exciting episode of Spirit Riding Free on board. Group 1 will board our fabulous Macedon carriage to watch the episode, Whilst Group 2 will be entertained in our Acheron compartment carriage with horse balloons and more. At Maldon at the station, you'll will have the chance to meet and ride real horses and ponies for 30 minutes, Where you'll feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl as you explore the countryside with your furry companions.

An unforgettable adventure!
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Castlemaine Circus School Holiday Program

Book in school holiday programs with smorgasboard of circus, including trapeze, silk, acrobatics, juggling, spinning plates, acrobalance, big fun games and more! Or try out parkour in a fun way, by learning foundational skills and being physically challenged!

Classes for different ages. 

Program details and more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

A new movie in the oldest running cinema on mainland Australia! 

Check out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie these school holidays at the Theatre Royal. 

Turtle Power!
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Ride the Heritage Diesel Engine 25% off!

Get a 25% discount off Excursion Class fares, and 15% off First Class fares for travel during September. Valid for online bookings only, one way or return.

*Not available with any other discounts

*Valid for Wednesday, Sunday & school holiday Saturday regular services.

A ride on the heritage railway to Maldon and Back!
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Frozen: Sing-a-long at Theatre Royal!

Follow the on-screen lyrics and sing along to your favourite songs as you watch Frozen!

THUR 21 SEP: 11:00am - prize for the best dressed!
FRI 22 SEP: 10:00am

Sing-a-long Spectacular!
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Book a Clydesdale Adventure!

Spend time with beautiful Clydesdales!

At Sandy Creek Clydesdales, they offer a diverse range of Clydesdale-themed adventures for all occasions! Whether you're planning a family gathering, celebrating an anniversary, or simply seeking a unique experience, they have something special to cater to your interests. Join them on a guided journey to meet all our magnificent horses up close and personal.

Very Special Clydesdale Adventures
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Free fun at Castlemaine Library!

School holidays are never boring at the Castlemaine Library. Lots of fun and free entertainment for all ages and interests. Some sessions do require bookings, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Free Fun at the library!
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Learn more about the local wildlife at Jirrahlinga

Jirrahlinga Dingo Conservation Wildlife & Education Centre is where you can experience up close wildlife encounters. With over 600 Australian native species our unique wildlife tours will give you the opportunity to meet their furry, feathery and scaley family.

Jam packed with exciting encounters with some of your favourite natives including koalas, reptiles, kangaroos and birds to name a few. Feed our Roos, pat a wombat, get a selfie with a snake or even get on the wild side of a friendly dingo!

Jirrahlinga Dingo Conservation & Wildlife Education Centre
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Learn about Jaara culture and connection with Country.

Boorp Boorp Boondyil (passing knowledge to our children) invites people to share in Jaara stories and teachings, one of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

  • Experience a virtual ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony.
  • Get interactive and discover Dja Dja Wurrung language and Jaara stories and teachings.
  • Connect with nature and learn about bush foods, medicine, waterways and weavings.


Boorp Boorp Boondyil Exhibition
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Find a new favourite Playground!

Where better to be in the springtime than playing on a slide or swing? We have some fantastic playgrounds, BMX courses, skate parks and more to explore and enjoy! 


Check out parks in Castlemaine, Maldon and Surrounds