About The Area
Castlemaine is a small city in the goldfields region of central Victoria approximately 120 kilometres from Melbourne and 40 kilometres from Bendigo. Castlemaine began as a gold rush town in 1851 and was named by the chief goldfield commissioner, Captain Wright, after his uncle, Viscount Castlemaine.
Home to many cultural institutions including the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum; the area also hosts a variety of festivals – catering to arts, music, produce and rural interests throughout the year. The short commute distance from Melbourne makes Castlemaine a popular weekend getaway destination.
Increasingly Castlemaine and its environs are being seen as a viable alternative to living in Melbourne where rising house prices are forcing people to consider more affordable housing options. Combined with shorter commute times to the CBD offered by the regional rail system plus more people having home offices, working part time and better internet and phone coverage means that lifestyle options are more flexible.
Adjoining Castlemaine are the townships of Campbells Creek, Chewton, Barkers Creek and Harcourt. Whilst these areas maintain their own distinct identities and attractions, their proximity to Castlemaine has also resulted in commensurate growth in popularity and house prices.