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Castlemaine (Victoria)

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Victoria Castlemaine

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Introduction

Castlemaine is a town in the Goldfields region of Victoria, near Bendigo. The discovery of gold in 1851 established the town. Many old buildings from the gold rush era still remain, providing a nice historic centre and some interesting sights and relics related to the era. Castlemaine is also a veritable hub in the hot-rodding culture and quite a few signs of this can be seen around the town, from old cars to specialist mechanics.

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Sights and Activities

  • Castlemaine Art Gallery & Museum features a good collection of Australian art, particularly from the late 1800s. 14 Lyttleton Street, Tel: 03 5472 2292. Open Mon - Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat & Sun, Public Holidays 12pm to 5pm. Adults $4.00
  • Botanical Gardens - these gardens, established in 1860 provide some nice relief on a hot summer's day.
  • Old Castlemaine Gaol
  • Buda Historic Home & Garden - an authentic old house from the gold rush era. 42 Hunter Street, Tel: 03 5472 1032. Open Wed - Sat 12 noon- 5pm & Sun 10am - 5pm.
  • Victorian Goldfields Railway - a steam train links the towns of Castlemaine and Maldon.
  • Theatre Royal - if you fancy a movie out while in Castlemaine, then have a look at the Theatre Royal. The building dates back to 1854. 30 Hargraves St, Tel: 03 5472 1196
  • Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park - a 7500 hectare national park to the east and south of town, which includes relics from the gold mining era.
  • The Restorer's Barn is an interesting shop to wander around, full of old tools, supplies, doors and the likes. 129-133 Mostyn Street.

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Events and Festivals

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Getting There

By Train

V-line trains can take you to Castlemaine from Melbourne's Southern Cross station in about 90 minutes, with trains leaving roughly every hour during the day.

By Car

From Melbourne, travel north along the Calder Freeway (M79) until the freeway ends just after Kyneton. Continue along the smaller road through to Castlemaine.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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