Castlemaine – the town and what’s on

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Upcoming events




Minim Wine and AXLE – New Wines New Works
Boomtown Wine Cooperative at The Mill Castlemaine
Saturday 8th June – 12pm-9pm

Wine launch 12-5pm
Artwork Opening 6-9pm
Roll up for a release of seven single site, single varietal wines, including three new expressions. A significant release across 2017 and 2018 vintages including Riesling, Fiano, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Barbera, Nero D’Avola and Shiraz.
AND…this is a chance to unveil new label artwork by the immensely wonderful @axle_sd, with whom Minim has collaborated with over the last few years!
There will be an abundance of country hospitality to keep you warm and well loved while you feast on wine and art and forget about work and politics.
Winemaker Tim says, ‘I CAN NOT WAIT TO RELEASE THESE WINES and would love to see you at this posh event we’re throwing.’

Phone: 0417 237 155



Castlemaine Jazz Festival
Various locations
Start: Fri 7th June  | End: Mon 10 June 2019

Castlemaine Jazz Festival, on Queen’s Birthday weekend, aims to promote the performance and appreciation of jazz in all its forms.

The festival offers a wide range of styles played by emerging and experienced musicians in a number of venues.

In a world of overwhelming choice; choose JAZZ and keep this fine musical tradition alive.

Phone: 0409 309 753


Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Start: Fri 19th July  | End: Sun 21 July 2019

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival  is an annual three day event held in July at the iconic Theatre Royal Castlemaine, central Victoria, mainland Australia’s oldest continuously operating cinema.

The Festival offers a curated program showcasing the very best in Australian and international non-fiction films. It features a world-class program, introducing audiences to a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters. The 2019 Festival includes one high profile world premiere event, one Victorian premiere screening/event, and a Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival exclusive screening and event, as well as nine other strong and diverse films.

The festival provides a deep and enriching experience by connecting audiences with many of the film directors and key contributors by way of live in venue and live via Skype Q&A sessions. Single session, day pass and full festival pass ticketing options – on sale in June.

Phone: 0413 563 404


The Town

Castlemaine was once renowned for its gold and is now renowned for its vibrancy and liveability. Just 120km north west of Melbourne and 110 km from the Melbourne International Airport, Castlemaine is a dynamic central Victorian community nestled between Bendigo and Ballarat. Home to the richest shallow alluvial goldfield the world has ever seen and now celebrated for its eclectic mix of manufacturing, the arts, hot rods, fine food, wines and beers, heritage, history and scenery, Castlemaine today is a relaxed 21st century city.

  Autumn at the Mill Castlemaine 

The Arts

Castlemaine is famous for its arts scene, from the 100’s of artists that open their doors for Arts Open to the major Australian and International works at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. Around 400 practising artists have made the region their home and you will find sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings, textiles, music and everything imaginable in between.

The Castlemaine State Festival is held in autumn, and major venues such as the Theatre Royal, Australia’s oldest continually operating theatre, hold events all year round. Add to the growing list the Old Castlemaine Gaol, The Arts hub of Lot 19 and The Mill and you’ll find a cultural scene far outweighing towns of similar size.


Castlemaine’s history moved from the Goldrush to major manufacturing with several 1875 factories still standing such as Thompsons Foundry and The Old Castlemaine Woollen Mill. Today a culture led economic regeneration is in progress. Craftspeople and artisans embrace and preserve our built history by repurposing and redefining heritage spaces and contribute their skills to the town with vision and integrity. They can be seen at work at The Mill, The Old Goods Shed, The Old Castlemaine Gaol and cottages and heritage buildings throughout the town.

Castlemaine’s fresh produce

Foodies and wine and beer lovers won’t be disappointed. A number of talented chefs have made the move to the area including those at 2 hatted resturants, so book a table and try some of the region’s finest food coupled with exceptional local wines. Try the local brew at the Castlemaine Brewing Company’s Taproom or buy your freshly roasted coffee at Coffee Basics own roastery. Stock up on olive oil, cheeses, preserves and fresh regional produce at the Castlemaine Farmer’s market and don’t forget The Mill also boasts Icecream Social for handmade ice-cream and the Boomtown Wines co-op.

Antiques and collectables

Collectors, beware. Allow plenty of time to browse the Restorers Barn in Mostyn street, then take a stroll to discover the little shops around each corner such as the Corner Store Merchants and Tonks second hand. Then head for the fascinating wall-to-wall vintage and collectables at the Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar at the Mill.

Heritage and History

Explore Castlemaine’s rich history and heritage with a self-guided tour of its grand public buildings, wide streets, ornate hotels and century-old shops. You’ll find a range of self-guided walks that take in the village and beyond. Hire an MP3 player from the Visitor Information Centre in the historic Market Building on Mostyn Street and start exploring.

The great outdoors

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the lake in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens opposite The Mill. Established in 1856 the gardens have recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Visit Buda Historic Home and Garden with its magnificent 19th Century gardens and house. Then head out along the Goldfields Track by foot or on two wheels. where there are amazing historic sites, ruins and relics to discover in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.

And also

Here’s how Sarah Willcocks of Melbourne’s The Urban list saw Castlemaine…

10 ways Castlemaine is better than Melbourne…Yes, really.