HMAS Castlemaine is one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and is the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over four decades.
HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public on weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. Visitors can see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original main engines turning over, and view a wide range of artefacts documenting Australian maritime history.
See the Gallery for images of the ship, modern and historic.
HMAS Castlemaine, open from 10am every weekend, is located at Gem Pier in the heart of Williamstown, near the information centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, and close to cafes, playgrounds and heritage sites: Scienceworks and the Newport Rail Museum are both within a ten-minute drive, and Seaworks is just a stroll away.
It was the 70th anniversary of HMAS Castlemaine‘s launch on 17 June 2012, and we have a new range of souvenirs to celebrate: wine glasses, mugs, ship’s caps and postmarked postcards – see Ship Souvenirs.
Opening Hours: Weekends & public holidays from 10am. Last admissions – 4pm.
Adults $6, Children 4-16 yrs $3, Families (two adults & two children) $15. Children under 4 yrs – free.