Chat with the owners
1. What is your favourite building in this area?
Our favourite building is 139 White Gum Road. Like our nesting birds we have loved to nest here. We have basked in the land itself and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Our hill is a favourite part of the property and is also an infinite source of rocks and wood.
The thing about living here is that there is no traffic stress. We have worked from home before but it has been a totally different experience here. We and can take a break by simply walking up the hill or down by the dam. And, as a business we have valued the nearby tower that ensures great communication services and had no logistical problems delivering and receiving goods.
2. Where do you take visitors to Castlemaine?
We have had lots of visitors since we have lived here. Our friends love escaping from Melbourne to come here and enjoy the open fires in winter and the pergola in summer. The pergola has a story of its own. It was built from the remains of a 100 year old bridge.
When we have visitors who have not been to Castlemaine we often like to take them out to Maldon and on out to Cairn Curran.
Our favourite food haunts are Saffs, the Public Inn, the Railway Hotel and The Good Table.
We have always enjoyed going to the Wesley Hill Market and the monthly Farmer’s Market on the first Sunday of the month. The most exciting thing is that we are still discovering new things. A recent find was North Harcourt and the Oak Forest and we now use the back road through Sutton Grange to Bendigo rather than just driving up the freeway.
3. How does Castlemaine feed your inspiration?
We love to check out the notice boards at places like the Stonemans noticeboard in Hardgraves Street. This is one way of knowing just what is on offer in the area.
Aside from being stimulated by the diverse range of events that are happening nature feeds our creativity. We love the wildlife, our animals, the birds that arrive regularly and our garden. The Open Garden Festival is a treat every two years and inspires further development of the garden.
Nine Good Reasons to Live in This Region
1. Sacrifice nothing in this region. You’ll love the local café and restaurant scene. Coffee Basics, located in the old hospital, is a delicious option for quick catch up. Enjoy cake and coffee, or long relaxed lunches with friends at numerous eateries in Castlemaine, Maldon and Newstead. Experience the culture and history of this old goldfields area. Engage in the State Arts Festival. Visit local gardens for inspiration or simply head out bush walking along the Great Dividing Trail or along trails in the Muckleford State Forest.
2 Easily located in Central Victoria, the region is less than 90 minutes northwest of Melbourne this region and is served by a reliable, efficient, V/Line VLocity train service. Professionals have, for example, identified that they can enjoy a ‘tree change’ without losing access to professional networks, meetings, social events and professional development opportunities. 18 trains service Melbourne each day and the fare includes free zone 1& 2 travel and alleviates any need to find parking for the car.
3. Castlemaine and Maldon have a rich history that harks back to the gold rushes of the 1800s. You’ll love waking up here every day to country sounds. You’ll feel part of the rich tapestry of the past that can be experienced in this region.
4. In this region you will have access to all the best amenities and professionals as well as excellent government services, communications and transport infrastructure. You’ve got the best of everything right here so you won’t have to give up your city comforts.
5. Hear that? Neither do we. Shut out the noise of the city and raise your family the way you’ve always wanted to. The Mount Alexander region is the best place in regional Victoria to give your kids space to run around, climb trees and explore. They’ll be exhausted at the end of the day after all that fresh air. That peace and quiet is sounding good, isn’t it?
6. You don’t have to give up the best education when you leave the big city. Everything you need to provide your kids with first-rate education and community based lifestyle is all but on your doorstep. The Castlemaine Steiner school is a popular draw card for families with young children.
7. If you remember a time when your neighbours were like a part of your family you’ll know how much better life was. Life IS like this in this area! Studies have shown that people who know and trust their neighbours are more likely to report better health.
8. There is support here from womb to tomb. Castlemaine Health and cooperating service meet the requirements of all age groups.
9. Whatever your fields of interest you will find kindred spirits in one or more of the numerous clubs and activity groups.