Contact: Jan Stewart
Melbourne Bearbrass
Southern Cross Station
Spencer Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


You are invited to join a group of Probus members and friends who will travel by Vline to explore Castlemaine.

EVENT: Exploring Castlemaine

DATE: January 19, 2022, 10.06am to 5.30pm

FEE: $30, plus fare - (use one of your free travel vouchers) / otherwise approx. $17 return for seniors.

LOCATION: Southern Cross Railway Station

The focus of the day will be our visit to BUDA - an 1861 Goldfields Villa home and garden. It was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant collection of furniture, artworks and personal belongings, surrounded by 3 acres of heritage gardens.

Our visit will begin with lunch in the air-conditioned Garden room, followed by a guided tour of the house and garden.

Read about the fascinating family and their talents at You may also view the menu on the website.

Dietary restrictions may be catered for with advanced notice, so please email, up to 1 week prior, if needed.


After the tour ends, the rest of the afternoon is basically a “build your own adventure” from a number of options, being:

1. A wander through the farmers’ market that is alive until 4 pm.
2. A self-guided town walk of about an hour duration, taking in the splendid architecture.
3. A visit to the info. centre  in the Market Building, where there is also a Summer Art Show.
4. Get acquainted with “The Mill”, a creative hub for seekers of the collectible and curious.
5. Stroll through the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens and learn about the significant trees.
6. Help the local economy at a large bookstore, 2 shoe stores, cafes and boutiques.

Trains depart from 2.49pm and hourly thereafter. A departure at 3.49 will get you to Southern Cross station at 5.30pm.

Please register via the event on Clubrunner. Friends and family are most welcome. You could email the invitation to friends so that they could accept via the lower register option.

NOTE: participants will also need to transfer $30 for the tour and lunch to the Bearbrass account.


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