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.

Chopped 2014 - October 3rd - 5th

Chopped is drag racing where it started in the dirt! A throw back in time to a 1950s/60s HopUp Carnival!

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An initiative of Newstead 2021