Summer will arrive, we just have to be patient and when she does, there are plenty of reasons to get out and about in our fabulous towns. One of the most enticing is Castlemaine. With a population of around 7,000, Castlemaine is not too big and not too small. It’s not far to travel no matter where you live, as it is after all the Centre of Victoria. Yes, it draws on its gold history and beautiful historic architecture and there are amazing sites around that you can ramble and explore, but there is more, so much more to do in this town. Food, wine, cider, organic meats, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, its all there to either consume on your trip or to take home – did we mention the coffee? Castlemaine also boasts one of the best regional Art Galleries that has as its point of difference the fact that it only exhibits Australian artworks, with Buda Historic Home and Garden and the Theatre Royal, the oldest surviving cinema in Australia’s iconic landmarks. This is a town that positively abounds with artists, around 400 in fact who work and exhibit in the region.
If you time your trip carefully, you can catch the monthly farmers market and artist’s market held on the first weekend of each month and a visit to Castlemaine is not complete without a visit to The Mill. This is the old Castlemaine Woollen Mill, built in 1875, which has been transformed into a place for food and artisan manufacturing. Just out of town is the stunning butterfly house at ASQ Skydancers garden and cafe and a bit further along the road is Harcourt – think apples, think Harcourt.
Castlemaine is a destination to be explored at any time, but during summer, it is stunning. So bundle the kids, mum and dad, grandma and grandpa and old Mr. Whoziwhatsit who lives down the street and head to Castlemaine for a day or longer.