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.

Bonsais and Buddhas - Newstead Gardens Open for Festival of Gardens

A home for lost gnomes and an old world garden of a 19th century shop, now full of antiques. Vegetable plots, friendly community and over the river, an intriguing sculpture garden.  This weekend, when the 13th Biennial Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens opens on Saturday morning, the little town of Newstead will have four wonderful and very different gardens to visit. 

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An initiative of Newstead 2021