Attending the Festival


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Attending the Festival

Whether if you are coming to the festival from Melbourne or Bendigo, or across state from Ballarat or elsewhere, getting here by public transport (Bendigo line) or car up the Calder Freeway is easy. Our main festival program screens at Theatre Royal, in the heart of Castlemaine, and films in The Yurt will be just two minutes walk away on the Western Reserve.

Festival venues are surrounded by great places to eat and drink. We hope you can join us at Love Shack on opening and closing nights, as the bar will be staying open specially for us.
 
Soup Bar: World In A Bowl
To keep you warm and fed throughout your festival experience, the Soup Bar: World In A Bowl will be in the Theatre Royal Courtyard. Delicious hearty soups will be on offer at very affordable prices. There will be three soup options each day featuring different cuisines, such as Duang’s famous laksa, Middle Eastern soups, Italian, South American and other delights.
 
Theatre Royal
The bar will be serving, cocktails, local & international wines, beer and an extensive array of non-alcoholic offerings. You can also enjoy your drink in the cinema or in their garden. The Theatre Royal’s pizza kitchen will be open over the Festival 5pm-8pm each day.
theatreroyalcastlemaine.com.au
 
Wild Food & Wine
Wild is a small restaurant and wine bar in the regional centre of Castlemaine. They bring the best of the regions produce and beverages in a friendly and professional environment. The menu is based around sharing plates and they can cater to the single diner through to large groups. In addition to the tables available online there are outdoor tables for casual walk-ins.
26A Templeton St, Castlemaine — 5 minutes walk from the Theatre Royal
wildfoodandwine.com

Getting here

TRAIN

Castlemaine Railway Station is centrally located, and train travel is an easy and pleasurable 1.5 hour journey from Melbourne. V/Line trains run between Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station along the Bendigo line to Castlemaine, or Bendigo departing regularly from 6am to 11:30pm. For more information visit vline.com.au or phone 1800 800 007.


BUS
There are local buses servicing Castlemaine, Chewton, Campbells Creek, Maldon and Bendigo. For service schedules visit pvt.vic.gov.au

 

CAR

Castlemaine is approximately 120 kms north –west of Melbourne, or a 1.5 hour drive via the Tullamarine Freeway, following the signs to Bendigo and the Calder Freeway. Bendigo is approximately 155 kms from Melbourne or a 2-hour drive.

 

TAXI

Castlemaine Taxis service all areas in the region and can be contacted on 131 008.

Places to stay

NORTHERN ARTS HOTEL

The Northern Arts Hotel is located within easy strolling distance to the beautiful Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, The Mill Castlemaine artisan precinct and the Bridge Hotel. The deliciously renowned Johnny Baker is also on your doorstep (seriously!). And the Northern Arts Hotel is a great base from which to explore the many riches of the central Victoria region.



VISITING CASTLEMAINE

The Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre offers a free accommodation service providing knowledgeable advice for your specific accommodation needs.

CASTLEMAINE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Market Building, 44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Phone: 03 5471 1795 or toll free 1800 171 888
visitors@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Castlemaine Region info:

maldoncastlemaine.com.au

bendigoregion.com.au/visit-castlemaine-maldon

mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Visiting_the_Shire

Eating and drinking

Love Shack

Love Shack Public Bar & Brewery is a love letter to the regional Victorian pubs of yesterday. There’s just as much love, care and passion in the Public Bar as there is in our beers.

We tend to keep things cosy and laidback here, with warmth and comfort being the key descriptors. But every now and then it’s a bit of a party. If you want to know what you’ll be in for on a night, best thing is to check our Instagram and see what’s goin’ on.

Soup Bar: World in a Bowl

Soup Bar: World in a Bowl, a fundraiser for Castlemaine Community House, is serving hot soup in the courtyard of the Theatre Royal throughout the Festival.

Castlemaine Community House Inc. operates to provide a range of programs and services under a community development framework across the Shire of Mount Alexander.

Opened in April 2016 at The Mill Castlemaine next to the Botanical Gardens, Shedshaker Brewery’s Taproom is open six days a week serving delicious beverages, yummy food and beaucoup conviviality — with live music most nights!

 

The expansive cellar door has been fashioned rustically for both function and charm. A recent renovation has seen the installation of a permanent kitchen and an inviting bar area. An ideal setting for enjoying the wines on offer.

Das Kaffeehaus is a Viennese coffee house serving traditional Austrian food, with traditional Viennese flair! Enjoy our freshly roasted coffee, sip on local and Austrian beers and wines, feast on good, old-fashioned, “like Oma used to cook”, hearty meals.

Animus Distillery, located in Kyenton (25 mins by car), was founded in 2015, by four friends with a shared passion for producing world-class spirits. The Distillery boasts a range of incredible local regional producers of wines, beer, cider, gin & takeaway cocktails.

Things to see and do

The Mill Castlemaine showcases Castlemaine’s creativity at its best. Savour delicious food and beverages; discover vintage treasure and artisan-made wares, admire and create art, and enjoy live music and events.

Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Museum has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district. With five gallery spaces and a dedicated museum, CAM presents a vibrant calendar of changing exhibitions. 

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