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HMAS Castlemaine

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Address: Gem Pier | Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 9397-2363
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Terrific tour of the Castlemaine

Whilst staying a few nights in Williamson we strolled on to the pier and decided to have a look at the Castlemaine Mine Sweeper. We were highly delighted when a guide came and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
peterq2
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Maffra, Australia
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Maffra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whilst staying a few nights in Williamson we strolled on to the pier and decided to have a look at the Castlemaine Mine Sweeper. We were highly delighted when a guide came and joined us and took us on the grand tour. His explanation was superb. He highlighted all the salient points and guided us all the way. His knowledge... More 

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Portland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

HMAS Castlemaine was built in Williamstown Victoria. Castlemaine is now retired and moored in Williamstown and gives a first hand view of the function of a mine sweeper, how the crew and officers lived and worked. The volunteers make this exhibition come to life with their knowledge and experience. We had the opportunity to visit the engine room and listen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

If you like ships you must visit this ship.You can see this when you do your river cruise from South Bank.The boat stops here.You can visit when you get off at Williamstowm pier.

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Thank SE s
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

The HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, one of the smallest ocean-going warships afloat. The ship was built during World War II at the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, near where it is noew berthed. Aficionados of naval history will love this ship. You can go aboard.

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Thank Jeffry B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

An amazing war ship, volenteers can share at lot of history with you if you are interested in history or you can just look about on your own, we wished we had more time! History we were told was amazing, you could spend 2 hrs on the ship! Check website for more details & price! It's a must if you... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

There was more to see than I expected including the very interesting small museum with all sorts of memorabilia and information on the history of the former minesweeper. It is only open on weekends. You can pretty much walk all over the ship and there is plenty to look at and take photos of. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We were wandering around Williamstown and happened upon the HMAS Castlemaine, a corvette class mine-sweeper, now moored at the pier. It was great to be able to not only wander the various parts and levels of this old war-horse but to also listen to the stories of its' campaigns and history from the volunteers who now man the Castlemaine. Well... More 

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Horsham, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Dropped by for a quick view with my young son. One of the most accessible ex-service displays I have experienced. Would definitely visit again for a better look around.

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Thank rohbrown
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Nice replica of an Australian Naval ship. Located next to/on Gem Pier access via the park. Reasonably cheap, it only is a small ship with 3 decks but good to explore for a while, get up top with the naval guns, anti aircraft gun. Good history and exploration information on the background, well preserved by the volunteers.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The HMAS Castlemaine is moored at Gem Pier in Williamstown. After six months' of contraction, it was launched later in 1941. Australia was in dire straits, with Japan threatening and Britain standing alone in Europe. This ship is small, but it did a big job. Just go below and imagine what it would be like to go to sea in... More 

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