How to get to Castlemaine

By road from regional Victoria

Castlemaine is located on the junction of the Midland and Pyrenees Highways. The Midland Highway connects Ballarat and Bendigo via Daylesford and Castlemaine. The Pyrenees Highway connects Maryborough with Castlemaine via Newstead.

By road from Melbourne

Castlemaine is approximately 120 kilometres north-west of Melbourne: a 90-minute drive from Melbourne city centre. Leave Melbourne via the Tullamarine Freeway and follow the signs to Bendigo and the Calder Freeway: an excellent dual-track road through stunning country. The Freeway has been extended to Ravenswood, north of Harcourt, and you can avoid the narrow, winding road through Chewton by continuing on to Harcourt and coming to Castlemaine that way. Your journey will take the same time. Gardens in Barkers Creek and Sutton Grange are close to the Harcourt exit.

By train from Melbourne

V/Line Castlemaine and Districe Festival of Gardens

Castlemaine is on the Bendigo railway line and most trains take approximately one-and-a-half hours from Southern Cross station in Melbourne. Timetables and further details are available on the V/Line website. Walking maps will be available at Castlemaine Railway Station for visitors who come by train.

District map

The district maCastlemaine and District Festival of Gardens mapp on the left identifies the local towns.

Details of opening hours, with addresses and descriptions of the gardens are in the souvenir program and on the Gardens page.

There’s plenty of other information in the program: what’s on in Castlemaine and the Shire, suggestions for places to eat, to shop and to visit.