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Address: Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 9397-2363
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An amazing tour by very knowledgeable staff

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Geelong, Australia

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Geelong, Australia
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41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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 

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Perth, Australia
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18 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 

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Calgary, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It was only $6. and what a great time we all had. Small ship but they have done a wonderful job with the displays and artifacts. The staff was wonderful and very helpful.

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Kaeng Khoi, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was so impressed with the quality of this museum ship, which really should be regarded as a National treasure. You are able to access most of the ship, which gives an insight into life on a Corvette in the Second World War Pacific theatre. The volunteer crew were all helpful and very enthusiastic. I thought the $6 admission for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Had a couple of hours to kill and I love ships and museums, it's only $6.00 an adult so very good value for money, so we went on and had a look, it's a small ship so it does not take a long time to walk around, lots of Intresting documents and artefacts and great to get up close with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Our group ranged from 5 to 75 and all enjoyed their time on board. Lots to explore and experience; history brought alive and the starting point for lots of conversations with my children. Where you take them is up to you! We popped on board and stayed much, much longer than anticipated and enjoyed every minute of our extended stay!... More 

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