– The Diggers’ Store –
The Diggers’ Store is an iconic heritage building in Castlemaine, established in 1857. Once selling mining supplies to the local diggers, it has an historical significance for the region.
Alex grew up at The Diggers Store and he and Tina took over management of the property in 2013.
In the store today visitors will find a multiple use space, with a gallery/project space, a selection of independent vinyl records, art works, and espresso.
Behind the main house and store, sits a carefully converted 1850s stable, that the couple run as bed & breakfast accommodation.
Adjoining the old stable is a large stone building containing a 100% analogue recording studio – Sound Recordings, operated by Alex.
The couple live in the big house with their daughter Odetta and cat Woody, and a wee brood of chooks.
– Venue Hire –
The Diggers Store has various spaces open for projects, including: art shows, photography, pop-up shops, meetings, workshops, and gatherings. Please see our Creative Spaces listing for more info.
– Coming Up –
Symposium – an exhibition by Katie Kilgour
Opening Saturday 28th May at 2:30pm
A collection of of dolls and effigies made from vintage kimono silks.
Exhibition open: 28th May – 12th June, 10am-4pm
Please see event page for more info.
-The Big Room Gallery-
Proposals Now Open:
The Diggers Store Big Room Gallery and Shop Space are available to show emerging and established practitioners to present solo or group exhibitions as well as events, performances, and ephemeral projects.
For a rough guide as to the size and wall space of the rooms please see this hand-drawn map.
– Accommodation –
The Diggers Store Bed and Breakfast provides a one of a kind Goldfields experience, in an authentically restored 19th Century stable.
The Diggers Store boasts fully self-contained, private accommodation, providing comfort and style, all nestled within a country garden setting.
Spectacular antique and vintage detailing throughout ensures a unique accommodation experience – many of the details sourced from the Australian Gold-Rush period.
The stable sits behind the main house, offering privacy from the rest of the action at The Diggers Store.
Set in the historic town of Campbells Creek, just 5 minutes drive from the centre of Castlemaine, you will have access to all that the area has to offer; from vineyards, to mineral springs, antiques, heritage diggings, hiking, culinary delights, and more.
– Breakfast –
Here at The Diggers Store, we understand the importance of good quality ingredients and sustainable methods of food growth. We try to ensure our ingredients are locally sourced, ethically produced, organically grown, and of a high standard.
We provide the following items to our guests so that they can prepare their own breakfast at their leisure:
House-made sourdough; free-range local ethical bacon sourced from Jonai Farms; fresh organic eggs from our backyard hens; locally grown, cold-pressed apple juice; hand-made nut butters and jams; hand-made toasted granola; a selection of seasonal fruit; organic milk; local goat’s yogurt; freshly ground organic, fair-trade coffee beans; a selection of teas
If that doesn’t grab you and you’d still prefer to organise your own brekky, let us know and we’ll provide you with a reduced room rate as per below pricing.
– Facilities –
- Full breakfast provisions (organic and locally sourced where possible)
- Full kitchen facilities
- Air conditioning – cooling and heating
- Gas BBQ
- Outdoor and indoor dining facilities
- Wireless internet
- A record player and a selection of records
- A selection of board games
- A selection of books
- Open fireplace and gas heater
- Off-street parking
- Iron and ironing board available on request
– Rates –
$190 per night per couple, with breakfast.
$175 per night per couple, without breakfast.
Extra person $40 per night.
Ideally sleeps a couple, but can sleep up to 5 people. (1 double bed, 1 double fold out couch, & 1 single foldout bed.) Portacot available.
There is a two night minimum stay.
Please see our booking and cancellation policy.
– Availability –
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– Press –
For some of us, moving to the country is a big enough step to take, let alone moving from one country to another country’s country! When New Zealand girl Tina met Australian boy Alex they were both living and working in NZ but shared a creative dream to one day open a B&B, a recording studio and a cafè… [more]
THE Diggers’ Store in Campbells Creek has taken on many identities in its 158 years; mining supply store, pub, bookshop, family home, bed and breakfast, even Catholic Church.
The parishioners may be long gone, but this place is still sacred to one man and his family…[more]
In the Ritual & Ceremony issue we hear the stories behind some treasured hand-me-downs and go inside a historic bed and breakfast…[more]
“I run The Diggers Store Bed and Breakfast. I get to meet loads of interesting folk and I get to bake for them. When I’m not baking bread and making jam, I’m caring for our gorgeous 6 month old daughter, Odetta.”…[more]
– Contact –
Phone: 0497 207 955
Location: 61 Main Road, Campbells Creek, Victoria 3451