Once one of Victoria’s great gold mining towns, the town of Castlemaine is still imbued with an old world grandeur which envelops you as soon as you arrive. It’s not only the ornate heritage buildings on every corner that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time but the essence of the town itself. Life in Castlemaine runs at a slower pace which seems to hark back to an earlier, simpler time. Our charter bus hire services are the perfect way to explore this historic town on a day tour and we’ve put together a Castlemaine itinerary to inspire you.
Wander: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens 2 Walker Street
One of the oldest gardens in Victoria, the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens was established in 1860 and is home to many majestic heritage listed oak and elm trees as well an artificial lake.
Eat: The Good Table 233 Barker Street
The team at The Good Table take seasonal organic and sustainable ingredients and use them to create delectable regional European dishes which perfectly match the tone of this sleepy heritage town. Their Austerity Measures Menu (available for lunch Wednesdays and Thursdays) is fantastic value for money with 2 courses for $25 and 3 courses for $30. The menu constantly rotates, but you’re always guaranteed to find fresh, elegant and original dishes.
Shop: Falkner Gallery 35 Templeton Street
Since 2002, Falkner Gallery has been a fixture in Castlemaine’s art community, exhibiting and selling fine, contemporary and historic art from Australian and international artists. Here you’ll find unique jewellery, crafts, ceramics and furniture for sale as well as original drawings, engravings, linocuts, photographs, paintings and sculptures from some of the best artists you’ve never heard of.
Read: Book Heaven 47 Main Road
There is something enchanting about coming across a literary gem in a second-hand bookshop and Book Heaven is one of the best places in Victoria to do it. Featuring over 90,000 titles, there’s bound to be something in here that speaks to your tastes if you have the patience to find it.
Drink: Depot Bar 26 Templeton Street
Given you’re not the one driving home, it makes perfect sense to finish your day in the country sampling a local wine or larger alongside some innovative snacks at the chic Depot Bar.
Get a group of friends together and take advantage of Melbourne on the Move’s affordable charter bus hire services. To make a booking, call our friendly team on 1300 55 86 86.