Historic Town Walk of Castlemaine
Want to learn more about this fascinating gold rush region? Explore the central streets of Castlemaine on a guided walking tour with a local history expert.
Throughout the Australian Heritage Festival, these one hour tours will set off from the historic Market Building at 2pm each Saturday.
Within a year of gold being discovered in 1851, the Mount Alexander goldfields boasted a digging population of over 30,000 people, and was known to millions around the globe. It had become the richest shallow alluvial goldfield in the world.
By 1860 local government was well established and Castlemaine declared itself “The Great Centre”. Substantial public buildings and private homes were built and major industries serving goldmining and the surrounding communities developed. The advent of the railway in 1862 further added to the stability of the town.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Castlemaine’s beautiful main streets with an expert guide from the Castlemaine Historical Society. The tour will highlight many of the town’s notable landmarks in addition to various sites of historical significance.