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HMAS Castlemaine

Gem Pier | Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Great insight into WW2, Small Navy Ship Life

This Corvette has been restored entirely by volunteers, donations and the small $6 adults and $3... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Really glad we made the visit.

We visited Williamstown (ferry ride from Southgate) with our young son over the school holidays... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2017
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Gem Pier | Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

This Corvette has been restored entirely by volunteers, donations and the small $6 adults and $3 kids entry fee. Not great if you are disabled as you have to climb the ladders between the levels. Set up as a museum with some sound effects and...More

Thank MargaretPowell
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We visited Williamstown (ferry ride from Southgate) with our young son over the school holidays. Just prior to returning, we visited HMAS Castlemaine for a tour and walk through. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and very informative, and we thoroughly enjoyed learning about this important...More

Thank corbo7
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This attraction is worth the visit for history buffs, and to gain an understanding of how cramped the living was in small ships during WW2 The Castlemeaine is a Corvette which served during WW2 largely in Australia and Timor waters. there is a small cost...More

Thank Dencal1945
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

HMAS Castlemaine is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored. Docked in the central harbour of Williamstown beside the main park (which has a great market on Sundays) and a stones throw from the multitude of restaurants, cafés and shops of main street Williamstown. A...More

Thank Aussie2012
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

One of the better flooding War History Museums HMAS Castlemaine used during the Second World War in the pacific fighting off the Japanese. Just amazing to walk around and take it this ship as it was back in war years. Well done to the Williamstown...More

Thank Waynedvh
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very cheap and well worth a visit, you can have the run of most areas or take advantage of one of the well informed volunteers. Need care when going down ladders so maybe not for small children.

1  Thank Victor M
Reviewed 29 August 2016 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...More

1  Thank peterq2
Reviewed 12 July 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...More

Thank Peter_B_Simons
Reviewed 20 May 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.

Thank SE s
Reviewed 9 May 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.

Thank Jeffry B
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