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Fabulous Dog Friendly Camping at Mount Alexander, Vic

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Once we get our camping on it’s hard to hold us back! This time we escaped all the way to Mount Alexander Victoria, right outside the ever growing hipster hub Castlemaine Vic. 

Top Reasons to Pitch Your Tent at Mount Alexander Bush Camping Area

1. Another truly beautiful and FREE dog friendly spot! Well, free camping is purely addictive. You mean I can pitch my tent and live in these beautiful environs for as long as I like without paying anything? I’m IN!

This is another well maintained and lovely spot, this time with flushing toilets & some running water. Fire pits, picnic tables all included. It’s a beautiful road up Mount Alexander. We had some days of misty wet weather and the ascent up to the camping was just mystical in the mist. You can see beautiful vineyards off to the side of the road. Plenty of kangaroos present, so drive very cautiously at evening and dusk.

2. Castlemaine was everything it promised.  It’s a small town (about 10 minutes drive from the camp spot) but it’s hip and it’s hearty. The town has funky facades and just looks good. Castlemaine has heaps of great markets from the Artists Market to the Farmers Market to the District Garden Club Market. On the weekend we were about they were all happening. I got some DELICIOUS dahl from the Artists Market at the school & some sugar free whole fruit gelato for the kids. Good food can be easily found at a range of cafes and restaurants.

Your dog will enjoy the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.  Your 2 legged munchkins will be most impressed here as well. My partner and I actually sat down and enjoyed about 2 hour’s peace here. Unbelievable! Don’t miss Coffee Basics at the Castlemaine Woolen Mills. There’s is no way you could expect what you will find there. Just go there. I’ll leave it as a surprise.

Beware: you will see many an attractive beard in Castlemaine.

3.  Delightful Daylesford You’ve probably heard of Daylesford (about 20 minutes drive from Castlemaine) and the bubbling mineral waters springs. The scenery is gorgeous. There is artwork aplenty. We didn’t make it to Lake Daylesford but I heard it offers a fine walk for our canines. Jubilee Lake is also a dog friendly area to explore. You can even take the Tipperary Walking Track from the picturesque Lake Daylesford to the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve.

4. Make your way to Maldon Another gorgeous little town. Victoria seems chock full of these little beauties in fact. I was struck time and time again by the enchanting front gardens. People are taking pride here to live up to their license plate “The Garden State”, and it shows. In fact, most towns seem to have their own botanical gardens! And you aren’t limited to a pub, pie or fish & chips when you hit a wee town and your stomach starts growling. There’s a nice touch of class in this whole area. Anyway, Maldon is a sweet little historic town of quaint cafes and shops. Apparently it was once a thriving metropolis although you’d never guess that now.

5.  Vineyards aplenty, mate!  I think I may have revealed our love of a good drop when camping in the last post. Well, we were not disappointed AT ALL in this area. You can find vineyards galore around you in  Harcourt, Maldon, Newstead, Guildford.You’ve even got couple of cideries in Harcourt. Harcourt is a mere hop from Castlemaine.

6. You can get there from here! You can get to Bendigo in 34 minutes. You can get to Ballarat in less than an hour and a half. You can get to Melbourne in less than 2 hours. All places are great options for a change of pace or a rainy day.

Apart from carving the tip of my finger right off on Halloween with a unexpectedly ridiculously sharp knife, and pondering rushing off to the hospital for a couple of hours, we had an entirely supreme trip! The pictures don’t do it justice. (You can see my evil pumpkin, named Bloody, on the bottom left.)

All the very best to your pack!

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