A visit to Williamstown is a great opportunity to take the kids to see the impressive warship, HMAS Castlemaine. One of 60 Australian-built Bathurst Class Corvettes to serve throughout World War II, the HMAS Castlemaine is the last such vessel still afloat.
Volunteers worked hard over 40 years to restore the ship, and it is now open for public viewing from 10 am on weekends, and public holidays, or by appointment. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated to see how crews lived and worked on the ship during wartime, see the original engines power up and inspect a large range of artefacts from Australia’s maritime past. Budding shipwrights will find heaven in the control rooms, where there’s a mind-boggling array of dials and knobs! And if your little one loves all things that go ‘boom!’, the armaments on full display will be a hit, including the elevated guns.
HMAS Castlemaine is anchored at Gem Pier, in the heart of Williamstown, in handy proximity to Commonwealth Reserve, where you’ll also find a very popular playground, a rotunda, and numerous cafes and restaurants – not to mention ice-cream shops!