Castlemaine and Local Area

Castlemaine is situated in the Mount Alexander shire in Central Victoria, off the Calder Highway, 120 km from Melbourne, 38km from Bendigo and 79km from Ballarat. Castlemaine railway station is on the Bendigo (Echuca / Swan Hill) train line and is serviced by 20 trains daily, making a Melbourne commute extremely convenient.

Castlemaine was founded on the discovery of gold in the 1850’s. It now has a population of 12,000 and is growing.

Today Castlemaine is renowned not only for its well-preserved built heritage, but as a regional arts center with one of the highest participation rates in the state.

Castlemaine is noted for its beautiful tree-lined streets, well-preserved heritage buildings, and attractive homes and gardens. It is home to an interesting and diverse population: a blend of established local families, tree changers and migrants.

More recently Castlemaine has developed a reputation as a fine food and wine destination offering a wide range of options from cafes and pubs to fine dining.

Castlemaine has an outstanding array of facilities with a number of primary schools, a Steiner school, a secondary school, Mount Alexander Hospital, regional botanical gardens, recreation facilities and the iconic Theatre Royal. There is a vibrant and strong local music scene.