Castlemaine has a free access and walking map that shows cultural heritage highlights of the town and includes disability access information. The map is available from the Visitor Information Centre, Castlemaine Market Building, Mostyn Street (telephone 03 5471 1795).
A fleet of bicycles, with helmets, are available for Festival patrons to get around. For bicycle hire locations telephone 03 5472 3733.
Train and coach
Friday 1 – Friday 8 April
Trains run between Melbourne and Castlemaine every hour from 6 am to 10:30 pm. Trains and coaches provide further links to surrounding cities — Bendigo, Maryborough and Ballarat — and surrounding towns. Fares from all over Victoria are surprisingly affordable. For timetables and fares, visit www.vline.com.au or telephone 136 196.
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April
Unfortunately track works in the Sunbury area will disrupt trains over the weekend. V/Line has made special travels arrangements for people going to the Castlemaine State Festival
Travelling from/to Melbourne to Castlemaine
Festival express buses will depart from Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal. Normal weekend timetable applies. Travel time will be around the same time as the train.
Travelling from/to Kyneton or Bendigo to Castlemaine
Trains will run between Kyneton and Bendigo. Normal weekend timetable applies.
With the Castlemaine Railway Station centrally located in town, taking the train makes for a great day trip and takes approximately 80 minutes from Melbourne. For those wanting to stay longer, many accommodation providers are also happy to arrange transport to and from the station.
V/Line is a Principal Sponsor of the Festival.
A steam train links Castlemaine and Maldon. For timetables and fares, visit the Victorian Goldfields Railway website www.vgr.com.au or contact them by telephone 03 5470 6658.
Castlemaine Bus Lines services Castlemaine, Chewton, Campbells Creek, Maldon and Bendigo. Timetables are aligned to V/Line and Victorian Goldfields Railway timetables. For timetables and fares, visit www.castlemainebuslines.com.au or telephone 03 5472 1455.
When in Castlemaine, Castlemaine Taxis can be contacted on 131 008. For mobile users or those calling from outside Castlemaine, telephone 03 5447 4477.
Bendigo Airport Service shuttle bus
Bendigo Airport Service runs four shuttle buses each weekday to and from Melbourne Airport and three each weekend day. Passengers are picked up outside the Castlemaine Market Building in Mostyn Street. For timetables and bookings, visit www.bendigoairportservice.com.au or telephone 03 5444 3939.