Originally known as Mount Alexander



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Hub of the Mount Alexander Region.

The Historic Castlemaine market

The Mount Alexander Shire Office is situated at Castlemaine just 120 kilometres north-west of Melbourne via the Calder highway. Renowned for the arts, Castlemaine is a relaxed place with a sophisticated feel in a stately 19th century setting. Broad avenues and mature European gardens fit hand in glove with the primarily Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Castlemaine first gained notoriety in the 1850’s when it attracted the attention of the world as the richest shallow alluvial goldfield the world had ever seen. Today the town is graced with stunning gardens, gracious buildings, and stately boulevards as a legacy of the earth bound riches of yesteryear.

The major towns within the Shire of Mount Alexander, Castlemaine and Maldon are renowned for their gold mining heritage as well as their streetscapes and building styles The many small towns and settlements in the region also display their rich past from the roaring days of the early Victorian Gold Rushes.

Set amid rolling hills and a labyrinth of valleys and gullies, you’ll sense an air of discovery as you travel through small townships in the region including Chewton, Fryerstown, Guildford, Harcourt, Newstead, Taradale and Vaughan.

The region is now known for its developed tastes. It is renowned for its pursuit of the arts and has become home to approximately 400 practicing artists. Great food and wine experiences are a highlight in the region, with sidewalk dining, cafes and choice wineries.

Visitors are well catered for with many B&B’s, motels, caravan parks, and self-contained cottages to rest their weary bones. While the galleries, cafés, restaurants, antiques and collectables, historic homes and wineries of the surrounding district offer something for all tastes.


Historic Telegraph Station

Facilities available in Castlemaine

Supermarkets - Licensed Groceries - Butchers - Bakeries - Clothing Stores - Newsagency - Hotels - Milk Bar - Post Office - Tattslotto Agency - TAB - Picture Theatre - Gift Shops - Second Hand Shops - Hair Salons - Barber - Motor Mechanics - Petrol Supplies - Take Away foods - Garden Supplies - Swimming Pool - Bowling Greens - Tennis Courts - Golf Course - Pokie Venues - Churches - Museum - and much more.

Castlemaine Street Scene

Things see and Places to visit

Castlemaine Art gallery - Old Market Building - Art & Craft Shops - Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park - Forest Creek Historic Gold Diggings - Vaughan Mineral Springs - Skydancers Butterfly Sancturary - Buda Historic Home and Garden - Victorian Goldfields Railway - Plaistow Homestead - Langanook Wines - Mount Alexander Regional Park - Castlemaine Botanic Gardens - Falkner Gallery - Brian Nunan's Studio and Gallery -

Visitor Information Links

Current Local Events
Forest Creek Diggings
Local Markets


Eating Places

Bold Café
146 Duke St, Castlemaine
9am - 5pm 7 Days

Caffe Bar
66A Hargraves St, Castlemaine
10am - 2.30pm daily

Castlemaine Theatre Royal
30 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
9am until late. 7 days a week

Coffee Bean Café & Deli
229 Barker St, Castlemaine
9am - 5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat

Doveton Street Corner Store
61 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
6.30am - 6.30pm Mon - Sat, 8am - 5 pm Sunday

71 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
8.30am - 5pm Mon-Fri, Sat 9am - 2pm

Saff's Café
64 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
7am-6pm Mon & Tues 7am-11pm Wed - Sun

Templeton Café
31 Templeton St, Castlemaine
10am - 8pm Thurs, 10am-11pm Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm Sunday

The Chocolate Tree
Shop 1, 50 Mostyn St, IGA Complex, Castlemaine
9am - 5.30pm Mon - Fri 9am - 2.30pm Sat

Tilleys Tea Rooms
203 Barker St, Castlemaine
9am - 5pm Mon-Fri, 9am - 2pm Sat.

Togs Place Café & Gallery
58 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine
9am - 5pm daily, Friday & Saturday evenings

85 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
9.30am - 5pm Mon - Fri, 9.30am - 3.00pm Sat, 9.30am - 4.00pm Sun


Albion Hotel
150Duke St, Castlemaine

Bridge Hotel
21 Walker St, Castlemaine

Criterion Hotel
Corner Barker & Mostyn Streets, Castlemaine

Cumberland Hotel
191 Barker St, Castlemaine

Northern Hotel
Barker Street, Castlemaine

Railway Hotel
65 Gingell Street, Castlemaine


Capones Pizzera
50 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
5pm onwards 7 days a week

Castlemaine's New China Resturant
319 Barker St, Castlemaine
5pm - 10pm Sun - Thurs, 5pm - 11pm Frid & Sat

Edda's Resturant
16 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine
8am - 11pm Thurs - Mon

Fuel Restaurant & Bar
113 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
5pm until late 7 days




Campbell St Motor Lodge
33 Campbell Street, Castlemaine
03 5472 3477

Castlemaine Colonial Motel
252 Barker St, Castlemaine
03 5472 4000

Castle Motel
1 Duke Street, Castlemaine
03 5472 2433


Albion Hotel
150Duke St, Castlemaine

Bridge Hotel
21 Walker St, Castlemaine

Criterion Hotel
Corner Barker & Mostyn Streets, Castlemaine

Cumberland Hotel
191 Barker St, Castlemaine

Northern Hotel
Barker Street, Castlemaine

Railway Hotel
65 Gingell Street, Castlemaine

Apartments / Backpackers / Rooming
Mossbank Cottage
81 Odgers Road, CASTLEMAINE
03 5470 5041

Bed and Breakfasts
Apartment in the Midlands
2 Templeton St, Castlemaine
03 5472 1085

Castle View
49a Farnsworth St, Castlemaine
0437 410 420

Claremont Coach House
Claremont, Burnett Road, Castlemaine
03 5472 2281

Clevedon Accommodation
260 Barker Street, Castlemaine
03 5472 5212

Fitzgeralds on Lyttleton
108 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
0419 576 538

Green Gables Of Castlemaine B&B
94 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
03 5472 248

Ken & Chris's B&B
25 Johnstone St, Castlemaine
03 5472 5292

Lyttleton Close B&B
90 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine
5472 3387

Mossbank Cottage
81 Odgers Road, Castlemaine
03 5470 5041

Overlander Guesthouse
86 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
03 5470 6222

Rosslyn Cottage
55 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
03 5470 5395

The Hermitage B&B
Blakely Road, Castlemaine
03 5472 2008

Tuckpoint Cottage
60 Kennedy St, Castlemaine
0439 035 382

Wisteria House Bed & Breakfast
256 Barker St, Castlemaine
03 5470 6604

Caravan Parks
Castlemaine Central Cabin & Van Park
101 Barker Street, Castlemaine
03 5472 2160

Castlemaine Gardens Caravan Park
Doran Ave, (off Walker St), Castlemaine
03 5472 1125


Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre

Market building Moystyn Street,
Castlemaine, 3450
Ph. (03) 5470 6200 or 1800 171 888

Bendigo city and District

Castlemaine Video Clips

State of Victoria Time Zone
Eastern Standard Time
1st. Saturday in April to last Saturday in October
Eastern Standard Time = UTC/GMT plus 10 hours

Daylight Saving Time
1st. Saturday in November to last Saturday in March
Eastern Daylight Saving Time = UTC/GMT plus 11 hours

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