CASTLEMAINE

Castlemaine just 30k from Bendigo is a pretty sensational place. A strong heritage management factor exists and there are lots of old buildings, and the churches in particular are a standout.

Castlemaine was named by chief goldfield commissioner, Captain W. Wright in honour of his Irish uncle, Viscount Castlemaine.

 Castlemaine began as a gold rush boomtown in 1851; it has since become a major regional centre known for its industrial and cultural institutions including the oldest continuously operating theatre in mainland Australia, the Theatre Royal.

The first European settlers named it Forrest Creek and as the population grew it became known as Mount Alexander.

In September 1851, three shepherds and a bullock driver discovered gold in Specimen Gully, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the north-east. And the rest is history.

All of the churches in Castlemaine deserve a good look over. All are over 100 years old.

The Anglican Church is a truly magnificent building that is open daily. Allow plenty of time to savior the design, stain glass windows and finish of the great building.

The Castlemaine hotels are classic early century Victorian Pubs.

The Castlemaine War Memorial is located at the town square.

Robert O’Hara Bourke of Bourke and Wills fame came from Castlemaine. This memorial honours his name and the exhibition.

The Gallery and Museum is also worth the time to visit.

Castlemaine is a really nice place that to enjoy and delight in the heritage a few days will be required.

 Heritage diary

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course