Over two days get a great feel for why so many visitors keep returning to this picturesque region. Rich in gold rush heritage, contemporary arts, a first class food scene and friendly locals, you'll quickly fall in love with Castlmaine and the nearby village of Maldon.
Day : Explore Castlemaine
At around an hour and a half drive from Melbourne, north on the Calder Highway, Castlemaine is the perfect place for a weekend away or mid-week escape. Arriving around lunchtime in Castlemaine via the Harcourt exit why not stop off at Skydancers Garden, Gift & Café for a bite to eat and spot the resident butterflies. Call into the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens where gentle flat paths curve their way around the beautiful ornamental lake.
Explore the heritage sreetscapes and shops of Castlemaine, enjoy dinner at one of the many accessible restaurants including The Cumberland, Shedshaker or Theatre Royal before driving to Maldon for your overnight accommodation.
Stop : SkydancersCnr 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.
Stop : Castlemaine Botanical Gardens2 Walker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Castlemaine’s Botanic Gardens are home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees and are a treat at any time of year.
The playground is well laid out with rubberised pathways giving good access to all of the play equipment. At the playground, there is an undercover picnic facility that contains one accessible picnic table. The playground also contains an accessible drinking fountain.
At both car park locations, there are good accessible toilet facilities. Power points for electrical recharge of power wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available at the playground BBQ’s and the rotunda.
Stop : Cumberland Hotel191 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
The Cumberland Hotel is a generally a well-designed old country pub with plenty of manoeuvring room and gentle slopes to the ramps. The dining area has moveable seating and ramps link all areas of the hotel. A private room is also available for groups with ramped access. Level access entry is via Lyttleton Street, under the awning.
From the main entrance, there is clear access to the TAB on the left and the gaming room to the right. At the end of the bar in the gaming room, there is ramped access to the Bistro and Main Bar. Accessible toilets are located at the rear of the gaming room. An outdoor smoker’s area also accessible from the gaming room. There is also a wide double door access to the children’s play area.
There is a low countertop in the bistro allowing for accessible service. Dietary requirements catered for on request.
Stop : Fairbank House9 Ireland St, Maldon VIC 3463
Check into Fairbank House and relax for the night. Situated close to Maldon's historic town centre you can relax for the evening or set out and explore this picturesque gold rush town.
Day : Heritage Railway Experience
Wake today in Maldon and get set to take a trip back in time as you travel on the Victorian Goldfields Railway. Please note that this service only runs on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check the timetable and book tickets here.
Stop : Maldon Shire GardensMaldon Parkland, Maldon VIC 3463
After breakfast this morning explore the beautiful Maldon Shire Gardens before making you way to Maldon Railway Station for the 10.30am departure.
Stop : Victorian Goldfields RailwayMaldon Railway Station, Maldon VIC 3463
All aboard this iconic heritage railway as it takes you through the rolling hills, beautiful bushland and historic goldfields that lay between Maldon and Castlemaine.
Stop : The Mill9 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.
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.
Stop : Return to MaldonKennedy Street, Castlemaine
Return the short distance from The Mill to Castlemaine Railway Station for your return trip to Maldon. The last train back departs from Castlemaine at 4pm. Check timetables for any changes to service.Read more