Castlemaine, Maldon and the surrounding villages are home to an explosion of creativity. This bohemian revival is reflected in an array of quality galleries, artist’s workshops, creative hubs and eclectic bookshops.An abundance of art,  in all forms, is a key drawcard for visitors. There’s one of Victoria's most prestigious regional galleries - Castlemaine Art Museum and many artists’ studios in Castlemaine, Maldon and Newstead that are often open to the public.

Castlemaine is full of not only artists and makers but brainy well-read types who can be found in cafes around town, sipping coffee with their head in a good book. If this sounds appealing, you can spend hours trawling through the interesting book stores in search of both new releases and second-hand classics. Be sure to visit the libraries which are full of history and eclectic local stories too. 

A feast for the senses, Castlemaine & Surrounds bookshops and galleries will leave a lasting impression.