With an emphasis on seasonal and fresh, Castlemaine and its surrounding villages are a magnet for discerning diners and chefs alike. With a community committed to the land and sustainable endeavours, you will find an abundance of ethically produced and organic produce.
Try locally produced coffee, award winning wines, stunning local ciders and boutique beers at cellar doors, local markets, relaxed cafes or quality restaurants. A visit to The Mill is a must, just like visiting a market in Tuscany. There’s onsite smoked meats, locally roasted coffee, a small beer brewery named Taproom, and a vegetable store that stocks organic and local produce. Pack up a picnic and take yourself to our magnificent Castlemaine Botanical Gardens across the road from the Mill.
If you love a good pie or pastry from a country bakery or General Store, you've come to the right place. Castlemaine, Maldon, Guildford, Harcourt and Newstead all boast great options to keep your cravings at bay.
The Harcourt valley has long been renowned for growing quality apples and pears.....make sure you grab a bag full for the road trip home. Where you find apples, you must find cider. Harcourt boasts one of the largest apple cider plantations in Australia and you'll love meeting the passionate local cider makers. The fertile soil of these valleys also produces some delicious wines, so stop by the cellar doors for a tasting.