Visits & Bookings
HMAS Castlemaine is open for inspection every weekend and public holiday from 11am to 4pm. Adults $8, Children 4-16 yrs $4, Families (two adults & two children) $20. Children under 4 yrs – free. During the summer the ship is usually open every day from Boxing Day until the third Sunday of January (please check website for confirmation at the time).
Visitors to HMAS Castlemaine are free to explore the ship, watching the original engines turning, viewing the restored equipment and frequently changing exhibits. Visitors are welcome to traverse the guns, ring bells and use voicepipes to relay messages between compartments. Guided tours are usually available – typically visitors take an hour to visit all compartments in the ship.
Smoking is not permitted on board. Footwear suitable for climbing steel ladders is essential – high heel shoes and scuffs are unsuitable. Space is available for prams and pushers to be left on the deck as they are difficult to manoeuvre throughout the many passages and openings. Minor first-aid facilities are available.
Tuesdays are working days and visitors may not be admitted, depending upon the work being undertaken on that day. We may be able to accommodate weekday visits through prior arrangement. People with mobility impairments are best to call ahead to organise special requirements. Owing to the nature of the ship, wheelchair access is difficult though we strive to assist all visitors in every way.
To organise a visit, ring us on (03) 9397 2363 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Bookings and Events
HMAS Castlemaine is available for group bookings for a range of functions and guided tours, and can accommodate 60 guests onboard at a time. Groups are best kept to 30 people, although we can accomodate two groups totalling 60 people on the ship at once. The ship is also available for hire as a function, film, display or performance space. Costings vary based on the timing, space and services requested.
Facilities on board include a commercial galley, first-aid trained volunteers, teaching room, knowledgeable and veteran guides and interactive operating machinery. Toilets are easily accessible, located at the Commonwealth Reserve Information Centre at the shore end of Gem Pier.
Tours can be organised for a day or time of the week outside our regular opening hours, which are weekends and public holidays. To organise a group booking and price, email email@example.com or call us on (03) 9397 2363.