We have developed a handy brochure to help you get to (and around) the shire.

You can collect a hard copy from the Civic Centre at Castlemaine, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre or Castlemaine Community House.


V/Line rail

The Melbourne-Bendigo train line passes through the shire. All services stop at Castlemaine Station.

If you’re a Victorian senior, you may be eligible for a free myki card and 50 per cent discount on travel.

Timetable information is available from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) or by calling 1800 800 007.

V/Line buses

The following V/Line bus services operate in the Shire:
  • Ballarat – Bendigo (via Baringhup, Maldon, Newstead, Castlemaine, Harcourt)
  • Daylesford - Melbourne (via Castlemaine)
  • Kyneton – Bendigo (via Taradale, Elphinstone, Chewton, Castlemaine, Harcourt)
  • Maryborough – Melbourne (via Castlemaine, Guildford, Strangways, Newstead)
  • Mildura – Ballarat (via Harcourt, Castlemaine, Guildford, Maldon, Welshmans Reef, Newstead)

Timetable information is available from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) or by calling 1800 800 007.

Local buses

The following local bus services operate in the shire:
  • Castlemaine - Campbells Creek (Route 1)
  • Castlemaine Town Loop (Route 2)
  • Castlemaine - Harcourt (Route 3)
  • Castlemaine - Maldon (Route 4)
  • Castlemaine - Taradale via Chewton (Route 5)
  • Castlemaine - Chewton via Loddon Prison (Route 6) – weekends only
  • Kyneton - Taradale - Castlemaine – Bendigo
  • Ballarat - Bendigo via Maryborough and Castlemaine
Timetable information is available from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) or by calling 1800 800 007.


Castlemaine Taxis

Castlemaine Taxis provide taxi services throughout the Shire. They also provide a Sunday Bus service between Maldon and Castlemaine. This service is free if you have a valid V/Line ticket, or otherwise charged at bus fare prices.

For information and bookings call 131 008.

The Multi-purpose Taxi Program (MPTP)

This service provides accessible transport for people with a severe disability.

For information on eligibility and bookings contact the Taxi Services Commission on 1800 638 802 (Free call).

Community buses

Newstead and District Community Bus

The Newstead Rural Transaction Centre (RTC) runs a community transport service to Castlemaine and Maryborough. It is available to for residents of:
  • Newstead
  • Guildford
  • Welshman’s Reef
  • Strangways
  • Yapeen
All trips must be booked in advance by calling the RTC. The bus is also available for charter.
For information and bookings contact Newstead RTC on 5476 2360.

Baringhup and Maldon Community Bus

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre provides a bus for charter for community organisations. Rates are affordable for community groups.

For information and bookings contact Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on  5475 2093 (9am to 5pm). Alternatively, email or visit

Community wellbeing bus

Council has a new Community Wellbeing Bus, named ‘Peggy’. Peggy helps those who don’t have access to transport get to aquatic, wellness and exercise facilities in the area. The bus is the first wheelchair accessible bus for the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Peggy picks up people from their home in the local area and takes them to the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat. It's an ideal place for the community to get active!

The bus operates twice a week and days/times depend on booking numbers. For bookings and information, download the Community Wellbeing Bus brochure(PDF, 108KB) or call us on 5471 1797.

Patient transport

Castlemaine Health provides free transport to and from medical appointments outside the shire. Speak to your GP for more information and a referral.

Maldon Hospital provides accessible transport to see doctors at the Maldon Medical Clinic. This service runs on the First and Third Tuesday of each month. The cost for this service is a gold coin donation. For information and bookings contact Maldon Medical Clinic on 5475 2366.

Historic rail

The Victorian Goldfields Railway offers a historic tourist train ride experience between Castlemaine, Muckleford and Maldon on Wednesdays and Sundays. For information and bookings visit or call 5470 6658.

Visit our tourism site for more great things to see and do.