If you can tear yourself away from your delightful accommodation there is plenty to do and see in historic Castlemaine.
The Theatre Royal is the longest continually running theatre on mainland Australia with food, wine, movies and live shows.
We have the Artists Markets and Farmers Markets on the first Sunday of the month and Wesley Hill Markets every Saturday where you can shop for fresh food and local produce. Cafes, coffee, antiques, dining, botanic gardens, history, walking and cycling tracks, Restorer’s Barn, clothing and gift shops are all within walking distance of your stay. The Mill has an antique bazaar open daily, a boutique ice cream factory, a brewery and coffee roasting all accessible to the public.
Restorers Barn has thousands of interesting collectables displayed in a huge old barn. The historic streetscape, spacious building and seemingly endless range of wall to wall relics from a bygone era create a unique ambience and ‘old world’ shopping experience.
The Mill is transforming into a place for food and artisan manufacturing, a part of Castlemaine’s creative vibrancy. Starting as the Castlemaine Woollen Mill in 1875, and finishing as Victoria Carpets in 2013, on-site in the food precinct are individual small businesses such as a Viennese inspired café, coffee roastery, wine co-op, gourmet ice-creamery, a bakery and Castlemaine Brewery.
The artisan precinct includes furniture makers, and metal craftsmen. Our vintage precinct – home of Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar and Platform No. 5, offer stallholder market-style spaces to sell vintage, re-purposed, hand-made and 2nd hand goods.
Artist studios and office spaces are also in use or currently being developed.
Castlemaine Art Museum, founded in 1913, it has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district. The beautiful Art Deco building, dating from 1931 with several extensions since then, is a work of art itself, with purpose-built galleries, lit largely by natural lighting.
The Gallery and Museum is fully accredited by Museums Australia. It is governed by private trustees and managed by a committee elected by subscribers. State and local government support is provided, and the Gallery has a strong tradition of support from benefactors, local families, artists and patrons.