Blogs from Castlemaine (Australia), Victoria, Australia, Oceania


We pick up our hire car today and head north to the goldfields region. I start with a run round Flagstaff Park. It looks like a pretty Park from the road, but I soon realise that the reason I can see it from the road is that the entire park is raised. Whichever way you run, it’s uphill to the middle. Next to collect our car. It takes forever. Primarily because the staff are desperately trying to flog a variety of extras. Eventually we are served, pay for the extras added to the bill we thought we’d already paid and escape the city. The car is enormous. (They’ve run out of small cars and initially try and sell the big one as an ‘upgrade’). It’s done 822 km – it’s the newest car I’ve ever been ... read more
Flagstaff Park Melbourne
Kew Cemetery Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Castlemaine (Australia) September 30th 2015

After a pleasant camp at Mt Tarrengower, we were fresh and ready for more tours of the goldfields. First port of call though was the Castlemaine dentist (to assess a damaged tooth)! We celebrated surviving the dentist with morning tea (including something sweet of course) and then drove around Castlemaine checking out all of the lovely old buildings. We stopped at the Castlemaine Market building (which is now unfortunately a visitor information centre) and took some photos before driving up to the hill and inspecting the old jail site. Castlemaine was a central area from where smaller rushes (in what became outlying suburbs) occurred. We drove out to Chewton and then out in to the bush a short distance to inspect the remains of the Garfield Wheel. There are only the stone supports remaining now but ... read more
Castlemaine Market building
Drinking fountain, Castlemaine
Chinese Bank, Castlemaine

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Castlemaine (Australia) February 13th 2013

After an early start, we left Porepunkah. The smoke haze from the Hotham fires limited our visibilty to under 500 metres. The burning eyes stayed with us until we turned off at Seymour. Geoffrey, the GPS took us along some beautiful back roads straight to the Caravan Park at Castlemaine. This was a huge mistake!!!! Looking at it from the front we comtemplated not staying, but a walk around the park itself confirmed our initial assessment. A quick search of the directory, found one at Creswick, another 60 odd kms. One phone call and we rode straight there. Our second camp set up, ran a lot smoother than the first, even though it was after 4pm and we were both tired from a days riding. It didn't take us long to find a pub that had ... read more

We had a drive around Junee before leaving next morning, driving up to look at the old homestead of Monte Crisco, a large two-storeyed building with many sheds surrounding it. A lot of the land has been sold off, there are quite a few new streets and homes around it now. Our next stop was an interesting town called Coolamon, with old shops and wide main street. There was an old grocery store at the top of the street, built 1906, and with the original long counters, shelves and trolley rails for the money to be carried to the office up above. Nowadays, it's used as a hall by the locals - there were a couple of men unpacking antiques for an upcoming auction. We were in pretty countryside until Narrandera, (on the Murrumbidge River) but ... read more
Bendigo Pottery Kilns
The Shamrock Hotel and the Town Hall, Bendigo
Daylesford Main Street

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