A Great Country Town

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, motel and bed and breakfast accommodation, antique and collectable shops, vineyards and artist's studios. We are home to a kindergarten, a primary school, a swimming pool and football, netball and tennis 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.

Words in Winter 2014

It’s nearly August and that in Newstead means ‘Words in Winter’ which is celebrated all over town and from the beginning to the end of the month. This is everything and anything to do with words – celebrated with great passion and enthusiasm.

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