The gold rush that took place in Castlemaine in 1851 saw 25,000 people flock to the area. The first post office opened a year later and a year after that, the first blocks of land were sold. Today, the town’s population is less than 7,000, but the history is as intriguing as ever. Like so many other ‘gold rush’ era towns, many of the original buildings are still standing, and these include the market, town hall and courthouse. Another impressive structure is the Theatre Royal, which has been in use since 1857 and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon!
If you’re visiting here, then a visit to the Castlemaine Diggings National Park is a must. Take to the tracks by car, foot or bike, and you’ll be amazing by the old mining relics scattered around, including old building sites and puddling machines. Rumor has it that there’s still gold to be found here, so keep a close eye out! Castlemaine as a town came about because of people wanting to strike it rich. Nowadays however, the town is rich in another sense – interesting history and amazing destinations.