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Address: Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 9397-2363
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Small ship, easily explored

HMAS Castlemaine is currently berthed in Williamstown. The ship itself is fairly small, with only 3 decks that you can go on. Admission is $6 for one adult. All the different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore, Singapore
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63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

HMAS Castlemaine is currently berthed in Williamstown. The ship itself is fairly small, with only 3 decks that you can go on. Admission is $6 for one adult. All the different rooms are well laid-out, preserved and with clear descriptions of their former roles when the ship was operational. You'll be done in less than an hour. The ship is... More 

Thank HinYeung
Des Moines, Iowa
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

It was interesting visiting this ship. Something I was looking forward to for months. It's packed with history. Too bad there isn't a short video playing about it. It would be great if all the rooms could be open. I know they need the crew mess for displays. I seen no sign of what it looked liked.

Thank leymas
Ararat, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

the detail to the story of the HMAS Castlemaine told by the volunteer was really interesting. touring the ship and seeing what the crew had to endure was an very big eye opener..congratulations.

Thank toni h
Penrith, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Fascinating to wander the ship, informative displays and the gentlemen were only too happy to tell fascinating stories of it's history, and ensure we'd seen everything. Well worth the small admission fee

Thank NaomiHR
Geelong, Australia
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46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We have been to Williamstown many times but never bothered to take a tour of the HMAS Castlemaine - obviously a big mistake. Last weekend we took the plunge and boy was it worth it. Its a minesweeper used in WW2 (not just for minesweeping) and its the only one left in Australia. It has been carefully restored and the... More 

Thank Grahmmm
Melbourne, Australia
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232 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We spent nearly an hour wandering around the ship with our two young grandchildren. They have a couple of gun batteries on board that you can rotate and elevate and on one of them they have helmets for the kids to put on for great photos. Can climb up to the bridge and down to the boiler room, and although... More 

Thank David S
Perth, Australia
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My son and i saw this from the Pier and couldn't resist a quick tour of the ship. We enjoyed walking all over the deck and inside the cabins and engine room. You can get a real good feel for what is was like back in WW2 with life on board this vessel. Great people helping out on board as... More 

Thank acodling
Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Great work have gone into to retrofitting this old Naval vessel. And i believe its done mostly by volunteers (there is a small entry fee but for the upkeep they do, its a very small price to pay). Enjoyed strolling on the decks and seeing & knowing how Sailors lived and survived during Second World war time (the Engineer's and... More 

Thank Hari K
Melbourne, Australia
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323 reviews
184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The HMAS Castlemaine is stationed connected to Gem Pier in Williamstown. There is a small charge to board and look around the museum, relic, quarters, machinery and artillery. The day we went there was also an army vehicle display on the pier with old army jeeps, transport trucks and motorcycles. A novel visit for the historian, interested observers and kids... More 

Thank Hammercounty
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We stumbled upon this corvette, and one of the volunteers let us in 15 mins before closing time for free. He gave us a quick tour of the ship and the small museum inside, except the boiler room, and we left 30 mins after closing time.

Thank HrySng

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