Destination guide

Explore Castlemaine in holiday homes to rent

Located between the cities of Ballarat and Bendigo in Victoria, Castlemaine is a former gold-mining town with rich historic sites and beautiful natural spaces. Whether you want to stroll along historic streets or explore the hidden trails near the creeks, holiday homes to rent in Castlemaine put you within reach of all the area has to offer.


Heritage sites near Castlemaine holiday rentals

The rich gold-rush heritage and regional history of Castlemaine are showcased in many historic sites throughout the area. Holiday homes can be found near places like the Buda Historic Home & Garden, a vast estate with an art museum and formal garden, and the Victorian Goldfields Railway, a historic tourist railway with heritage trains. Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, a rustic site with gold-rush-era ruins and scenic bushwalks with prospecting opportunities, and Eureka Reef, a former mining site with relics and scenic trails, are also musts for history buffs. The HMAS Castlemaine, a Bathurst Class corvette from World War II, is another highlight for your trip.

Day trips

Best excursions near Castlemaine holiday homes

Castlemaine serves as an excellent base camp to explore the sights of Bendigo. Holiday homes are only a short distance from attractions like the Central Debora Gold Mine, a historic mine with guided tours and gold-panning activities, and the Bendigo Art Gallery, an exhibition space with artworks spanning many eras. The Golden Dragon Museum, a cultural complex with Chinese history exhibits, a traditional garden and tearoom, and Rosalind Park, a downtown park with ferns, gardens and a conservatory, are also great to visit.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Castlemaine

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Castlemaine is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Buda Historic Home & Garden (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Mt Franklin (14.8 mi / 23.8 km)
  • Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm (16.1 mi / 25.9 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Castlemaine

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), located 54.6 mi (87.9 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Castlemaine Station.

Food & drink 

Regional food and wine in Castlemaine

Victoria is the ultimate destination for foodies and wine enthusiasts. From its renowned wineries and rustic craft breweries to scenic riverside eateries and pop-up restaurants, Victoria boasts a rich culinary culture that ranges from Indian and Spanish cuisine to Chinese fare and 8-course gourmet menus. The wines are the highlight of the culture, with cool-climate varietals and full-bodied reds perfectly complementing the local produce and recipes. Whatever you’re craving, visit a restaurant or bar near your Castlemaine holiday accommodation to enjoy the distinctive tastes of the region.

Family friendly

Family fun near Castlemaine holiday homes

From gold-mining trails to exciting amusement parks, endless opportunities for fun are available for families with children during a trip to Castlemaine. Holiday homes can be found near places like The Zone Fun Park, a family fun centre with laser tag, paintball, mini golf and an arcade, and Jumpz Trampoline Park, a lively amusement centre with trampolines, jump zones and amusements. Kids may also enjoy re-enactments of gold panning and prospecting at local mine sites.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday accommodation in Castlemaine

If you’re looking for an intimate couple’s retreat, Castlemaine holiday homes give you the privacy and natural beauty you want while still being close to the main attractions in the area. Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, an expansive garden space with colourful blooms and trails, and Castlemaine Art Museum, featuring paintings and sculptures from Australian artists within an art deco gallery, are two of the top highlights. You could also get out into nature at Mount Alexander, a small mountain with hiking trails and spectacular views of the surrounding area. The historic city streets of Castlemaine with their beautiful architecture and unique shops are also great for an afternoon outing.

Where to stay near Castlemaine?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 88 holiday rentals near Castlemaine. From 43 Houses to 4 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Castlemaine for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Castlemaine?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Castlemaine. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Buda Historic Home & Garden: 296 holiday rentals
  • Castlemaine Station: 315 holiday rentals
  • The Mill Castlemaine: 285 holiday rentals
  • Hadfield's Rod Museum: 290 holiday rentals
  • Castlemaine Botanical Gardens: 274 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Castlemaine listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Castlemaine?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 43 Houses in Castlemaine. Our other popular types of Castlemaine holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 4 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 27 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 27 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Castlemaine?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 16 holiday homes with pool available in Castlemaine. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.