Travelling to Castlemaine & Bendigo

The Festival is held in autumn, a particularly beautiful season in the region, and has become synonymous with the intimacy, relaxed sophistication, vitality, and open creative spirit which so quintessentially defines the town and the Goldfields region. Broad avenues and mature European gardens fit hand in glove with the primarily Victorian and Edwardian architecture, a haven for artists, tourists and locals. This richness and diversity is evidenced by the variety of private studios and galleries that display locally produced artworks. Around 500 practising artists have made the region their home.


Castlemaine Railway Station is centrally located, and train travel is an easy and pleasurable 1.5 hour journey from Melbourne. V/Line trains run between Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station along the Bendigo line to Castlemaine, or Bendigo departing regularly from 6am to 11:30pm. For more information visit or phone 1800 800 007.


Castlemaine is approximately 120 kms north –west of Melbourne, or a 1.5 hour drive via the Tullamarine Freeway, following the signs to Bendigo and the Calder Freeway. Bendigo is approximately 155 kms from Melbourne or a 2-hour drive.


There are local buses servicing Castlemaine, Chewton, Campbells Creek, Maldon and Bendigo. For service schedules visit


Castlemaine and Bendigo Taxis service all areas in the region and can be contacted on 131 008.


A range of walking maps, including natural and cultural heritage walks in Castlemaine, Bendigo and surrounding areas, are available from the Visitor Information Centres. For downloadable walking maps, visit

V/Line Free coach service

Our generous supporters, V/line are offering a free coach services to travel directly from Castlemaine Station and Bendigo Theatres and return over the opening weekend of the festival.

Saturday 20 March

Castlemaine to the theatres

Castlemaine Station09:1512:4515:4517:45
Capital Theatre10:0016:30
Ulumbarra Theatre13:3018:30

Theatres to Castlemaine

Ulumbarra Theatre  15:3020:30
Capital Theatre12:0018:30
Castlemaine Station12:4516:1519:1521:15

Sunday 21 March

Castlemaine to the Capital theatre

Castlemaine Station  09:15
Capital Theatre10:00

Capital theatre to Castlemaine

Capital Theatre11:45
Castlemaine Station12:30
For more information