The ship will be open to the public on Cup Day, 2nd November, and every following Saturday and Sunday. To gain entry, visitors must wear a mask and have proof of double vaccination.

NEW BOOK! Fifty-six Australian corvettes went to war in the 1940s. This is the story of the only one still afloat.

Castlemaine book

Lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, crew lists, armaments, equipment and corvette history: discover the amazing journey of HMAS Castlemaine.


Voyages of HMAS Castlemaine
Voyages of HMAS Castlemaine 1942-1945

Welcome to HMAS Castlemaine — the restored Bathurst Class Corvette

Visit heritage-registered HMAS Castlemaine and and see how crews lived and worked during wartime, witness the original engines turning over, and experience Australian maritime history in our Museum. HMAS Castlemaine is owned, preserved and operated by the Maritime Trust of Australia, a totally volunteer run organisation, and has been restored and maintained by the volunteers since 1974. The ship is afloat at Gem Pier in Williamstown, Victoria, close to cafes, playgrounds and galleries.

We have a COVIDSafe plan in place and ask all our visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing. We would also prefer to receive payments by card if possible.

Opening Hours

HMAS Castlemaine is open from 11am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays, apart from days of extreme heat (over 36°C).

Entry Fees

Adults $8, Children 4-16 yrs $4, Families (two adults & two children) $20. Children under 4 yrs free. All profits go towards the ship.

Crew on Deck 1944
Crew on Deck, 1944
Sadly, one of the few remaining wartime crew members of HMAS Castlemaine, Donald George Strang, has died on 25 November 2021 at the age of 100. Please see the Ship's Company of Officers and Crew for our listing of all crew members, and if you have any information to update these Honour Rolls it would be greatly appreciated.