The authentic Steam Railway linking Castlemaine and Maldon in central Victoria. Our heritage steam train runs every Sunday and Wednesday and some holiday Saturdays.
Leave behind the modern world and become immersed in the charming atmosphere of yesteryear - a truly unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a family day out or treat yourself and travel in our elegant first class carriages as your train takes you through the central Victorian Goldfields
Family fun, take the kids for a memorable day out. Watch the world go by from your family compartment. Listen to the whistle as the steam engine huffs and puffs up the hills, lean out the window and maybe spot a kangaroo or two!
For a touch of class , step back in time to an era of elegance and decadence to the Golden Age of rail travel when the journey was as important as the destination. Ride in Edwardian splendour or art deco style in our two first class carriages which offer a unique rail experience. Sit back and enjoy a drink from the fully equipped bar.. Ride the observation platform on our parlour car.
You can even ride with the driver for a small extra fare.
For a day out catch the train from Castlemaine to Maldon, enjoy lunch in one of the family friendly cafes or pubs in Victoria's first notable town, check out the eclectic shops and then relax with may be a drink from the bar as the train takes you back to Castlemaine. Only got a morning or afternoon? Then catch one of the services from Maldon to Castlemaine returning to Maldon.
Please go to our website vgr.com.au for all details of fares and timetables and any special offers and events being held on the railway.
Buda Historic Home & Garden is one of the great heritage assets of the Goldfields region. Buda was built in 1861 and from 1863 was the home of noted silversmith Ernest Leviny and his family. Complete with the family's art and craft collections, furnishings and domestic effects, the gracious historic home surrounded by one of the most important large 19th century suburban gardens surviving in Victoria was home to the remarkably creative Leviny family for a period of 118 years. Also displayed are works by many prominent Australian artists including Margaret Preston, M J McNally, Ursula Ridley Walker and Lionel Lindsay. The Gift shop on site has a range of Buda-exclusive merchandise featuring Leviny designs and other original pieces for visitors to purchase and take home. With three acres of enchanting gardens to explore, there is much to see and do. The plant nursery offers for sale a wide range of heritage trees, shrubs, roses and ground covers ideally suited to Australian conditions. Or you can purchase some local produce, delightful craft items, and souvenirs from Buda's Gift shop. The delightful Garden Room function venue, set beautifully amongst the gardens and available for hire, has the capacity to seat up to 65 people and has spectacular views of the Castlemaine township. View the website for more details on Buda Historic Home & Garden as well as many other special events that happen throughout the year. Visitors can be assured of a very warm welcome to Buda Historic Home & Garden at any time of the year.
From the remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded up fortunes, Australia's first national heritage park harbours fascinating tales of a golden past and retains much of its gold-rush character. Spring wildflowers, scenic drives, bushwalking, cycling, guided tours and gold fossicking are some of the highlights. Nearby Maldon Historic Reserve also protects many interesting relics from the gold era. Aboriginal Traditional Owners Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Castlemaine's Theatre Royal has been entertaining since 1858 and is still showing strong today! Catch the latest release quality, art-house films, Met Opera screenings, or experience top national and international touring artists who regularly appear live in concert in this authentic goldfields Theatre and local icon. Delicious meals - from the Royal's Mexican Cantina adjacent to the cinema - and also fine wines can be enjoyed in front of the movies (Wed to Sun) and most live shows are in a candle-lit cabaret setting with meal packages on offer. For those who can't bring themselves to leave, the Royal's luxury backstage accommodation is literally behind the silver screen and is full of historic pictures and movie memorabilia. On the first Sunday of every month visitors can explore the Castlemaine Artists Market which meanders through the grounds of the Theatre. A unique market of over 45 stalls showcasing local hand-made treasures from this diverse and artistic community. Relive the golden years of Central Victoria and Hollywood with a visit or even an overnight stay at this heritage-listed Victorian treasure.
The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum is renowned for its collection of Australian art and for its unique assembly of historical artefacts relating to the Mount Alexander goldfields district in Victoria. The gallery enjoys strong support from artists and art patrons. Association with famous personalities such as Dame Nellie Melba enriches its collection. Founded in 1913, the gallery and museum are committed to specialising in Australian art through various displays of oil paintings, watercolours, prints and drawings. Its art deco building, designed in 1931 by Peter Meldrum, is noted for its elegant design. The collection is best known for major works from the late 1800's. Traditional landscape paintings are a feature of the holdings, including works by such artists as Louis Buvelot, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, E. Phillips Fox, Rupert Bunny, Max Meldrum, Margaret Preston, R.W. Sturgess, S.M.A. Bale and John Longstaff. Among the contemporary artists represented in the collection are William Frater, Arnold Shore, Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams, John Brack, Jeffrey Smart, John Dent and Wendy Stavrianos. Part of the gallery's policy is to support senior and mid-career artists, primarily through exhibitions and publications. The collection also includes the largest holding of original artworks and photographs pertaining to the district surrounding Castlemaine. These items fulfil the gallery and museum's commitment to collect, conserve and communicate issues of historical relevance to the region. A selection of fine decorative arts including china, glassware and silver are among other attractions on permanent display.
Blackjack Vineyards was established in 1988 by winemakers Ian McKenzie and Ken Pollock; specialise in Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz wines.
Named after an American sailor who jumped ship during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and made his way to this part of the world; the pleasantly rustic winery is nestles among forested ranges in old orchard country at Harcourt, making it a picturesque place to discover these tasty reds.
Blackjack Vineyards wines are very interesting in their flavour; the Shiraz is ripe, sweet and jammy, but has lifted liquorice and bacony, tarry flavours and odours, too. And it will get better in the bottle.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is intense and quite fine, with a core of very pure cabernet fruit. There is savoury and meaty flavours on show, as well. These are big wines with generous dispositions.
Harcourt Valley Vineyards produces some of the biggest and highly flavoured wines you are likely to find.
Taste hand-crafted wines made from mature estate vines in their newly developed cellar door with a large deck giving views over the vineyard.
Harcourt Valley Vineyards is Bendigo's most awarded winery with 25 trophies and over 400 medals. For any further information please contact them.