Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Castlemaine

Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum

A superb art deco building houses this gallery, which features colonial and contemporary Australian art, including works by well-known Australian artists such as Frederick McCubbin, Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams a…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Castlemaine

Public Inn

A rustic facade of what was Castlemaine's former fire station opens to a slick yet casual restaurant and bar space with a 'barrel wall', where local wines are dispensed. Food is a set menu of highly seasonal, high-e…
Top Choice Historic Building in Castlemaine

The Mill

Originally the Castlemaine Woolen Mills (1875), this red-brick industrial complex has been developed into one of the town's coolest precincts. It's worth dropping in for a look around; a number of local businesses h…
Museum in Castlemaine

Old Castlemaine Gaol

Built in 1861, the last prisoners moved out of this imposing Pentonville-style Old Castlemaine Gaol in 1990. Today you can take a guided tour of the old cells, gallows and watchtowers, and hear tales of executions a…
Brewery in Castlemaine

Castlemaine Brewing Co.

It's been a long time in between drinks, but finally Castlemaine has got a brewery back in town. It's a good one too, set up within the Mill complex, with 10 of its beers on tap and bar looking on to its vats. There…
Bakery in Castlemaine

Johhny Baker

Not your usual country bakery, here it's all about hand-rolled croissants baked with Belgian butter, among other mind-blowing sugary pastries. Its pies are equally as popular, with favourites including the vegetaria…
Live Music in Castlemaine

Bridge Hotel

One of regional Victoria's best live-music venues, the Bridge books a solid lineup of rock 'n' roll and indie bands. such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and a few internationals. They also do great burgers a…
Cafe in Castlemaine

Governor's Cafe

A part of the Old Castlemaine Gaol, the Governor's has a commanding hilltop location with sweeping views over town. It does local Malmsbury roasted coffee, brekky burritos, steak sandwiches and has an outdoor area w…
Museum in Castlemaine

Buda

Home to a Hungarian silversmith and his family for 120 years, Buda has permanent displays of the family’s extensive art and craft collections, furnishings and personal belongings. There’s an interesting mix of archi…
Winery in Castlemaine

Boomtown Wine

Three winemaker mates have come together to use this shared space to produce their wines on site using locally grown grapes. It's within the Mill complex, and offers free tastings along with a small bar to enjoy a g…