Castlemaine is in the Victoria Goldfield region and a town of charm, small shops and cafes, 38km south of Bendigo. The town is famous for being the major location for the filming and setting of the popular Australian drama Blue Heelers, the Imperial Hotel exterior was shown as the local pub in most of the episodes.
Buda Historic Home
This historical home was built in 1857 by a retired Indian Arm Colonel and has impressive 19th Century gardens. Hunter Street, Castlemaine (03 5472 1032)
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
Here you can find a good collection of Australian art, especially work done by the colonial and gold mining artists. Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine (03 5472 2292)
Castlemaine Botanical Garden
A well established garden with some very old trees including an oak tree planted by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1867.
This impressive building of stone and brick houses a craft and antique market. The information centre is also located here. Mostyn Street, Castlemaine (03 5471 1795).
Castlemaine Old Gaol
This Gaol operated for 130 years before it was closed and is now an accommodation venue for law abiders. The Gaol is also open daily for tours. Bowden street, Castlemaine (03 5470 5311)
Located 20km northwest of Castlemaine is Maldon, a well preserved example of a gold rush town. The old historic buildings now house specialty shops, cafes and guesthouses.
Jirrahlinga Dingo Conservation Centre
A centre devoted to preserving Dingos.