Newstead is a thriving, vibrant town on the Loddon River in Central Victoria, 15 minutes from Castlemaine and about 1.5 hours north-west of Melbourne.
Come visit - you'll find a café
, two pubs
, a free wireless network
and bed and breakfast
and artist's studios
. We are home to a kindergarten
, a primary school
, a swimming pool
facilities. There are spots for picnics and a butcher
, a baker and supermarket
and a children's playground.
Across the year we host the Newstead Short Story Tattoo
- Australia's only festival dedicated to the short story, the Chopped Rod and Custom Show
- a celebration of all things hotrod, and Newstead Live
- a festival of folk, world and acoustic music.
Our website showcases all this activity. Newstead community groups and businesses maintain their own pages here, uploading news and events.