Castlemaine, in The Goldfields Region, has a rich goldrush heritage still visible in many of the buildings today. Castlemaine is part of Australia’s cultural history – it was the original home of Castlemaine XXXX beer and the “wild colonial boy” in the folk ballad. “‘Tis of a wild Colonial Boy, Jack Doolan was his name, Of poor but honest parents he was born in Castlemaine.”
The Great Dividing Trail a 280km public walking trail follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Creswick, Ballarat and Buninyong.
Castlemaine is 120 km a drive from Melbourne. Visit the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historic Museum