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.
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.
From Melbourne, travel north along the Calder Freeway (M79) until the freeway ends just after Kyneton. Continue along the smaller road through to Castlemaine.
Internet cafés 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.
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:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
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.. 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.
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