A day trip to Castlemaine reveals a Central Victorian town bursting at the seams with character. Only an hour and a half up the Calder Highway from Melbourne you'll discover rich gold rush heritage, vibrant artisan communities, great food offerings and sublime natural wonders. This single day itinerary is all-abilities and would be perfect for young families or older visitors.
Day : Gardens, Heritage and more
Arriving in Castlemaine make your way to The Mill precinct and settle into Das Kaffeehaus. Enjoy locally roasted coffee and a delicious morning tea snack before taking a look around the diverse offerings at The Mill. Across the road are the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens - the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air and picturesque surrounds that Central Victoria is renowned for.
A short drive up the road in Harcourt you'll come to Skydancers Garden, Gift & Café. At Skydancers spot the colourful butterflies and explore the gardens before enjoying lunch at the café. After lunch return to Castlemaine to visit Buda Historic Homestead & Garden.
Stop : Das Kaffeehaus9 Walker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Discover a little piece of Central Europe in Central Victoria. The attached coffee roaster Coffee Basics will ensure your visit to Castlemaine gets off on the right foot while the sweets and treats on offer in the cafe will entice...Read more
Stop : The Mill Precinct1/9 Walker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
With origins as the Castlemaine Woollen Mill in 1875 this precinct is a perfect example of reimagining heritage. With vintage shopping, great local produce and a thriving artist's collective there is something for everyone at The Mill. ..Read more
Stop : Castlemaine Botanical Garden2 Walker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Castlemaine’s Botanic Gardens are home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees, the gardens are centered on a beautiful ornamental lake surrounded by open landscaped gardens. A newly opened children’s playground offers hours of fun for kids of all ages from tots to tweens...Read more
Stop : Skydancers Garden, Gift & CaféCnr Blackjack Rd and Midland Hwy, Harcourt VIC 3453
Skydancers features a nursery, exquisite giftware range and a fully licensed café and is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Friendly butterflies, can also be found fluttering by inside the butterfly enclosure on sunny days between October and May...Read more
Stop : Buda Historic Homestead & Garden42 Hunter St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Spend the afternoon at Buda to gain an insight into late nineteenth and early twentieth century living in Australia. See original fittings and furnishings, domestic and personal effects as well as a collection of decorative and fine arts, including many pieces by well-known Australian artists. The garden and grounds at Buda are a rare surviving example of a late 19th and early 20th century suburban garden, which remains largely intact. It features many original garden plantings as well as unique garden structures such as the bird aviary, tennis pavilion and grape arbour...Read more