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Informative and fascinating

At only $8 for entry, this attraction is great value. The volunteers are friendly, helpful and very... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Melbourne, Australia
Well presented history lesson

Worth visiting with your little one(s) or if you are history buff. Well preserved and presented... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Michal R
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Gem Pier | Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 August 2012

This is a wonderfully informative piece of history and relevant to our modern times of course, great for the kids and big kids alike.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

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...More

3  Thank Tony20002
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

At only $8 for entry, this attraction is great value. The volunteers are friendly, helpful and very informative. Their passion for this historic ship from the war was evidence that as they shared many stories from the service carried out by the officers and crew....More

Thank langs4d
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Worth visiting with your little one(s) or if you are history buff. Well preserved and presented, knowledgeable staff.

Thank Michal R
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Located in Williamstown the HMAS Castlemaine is a great piece of maritime history. The guides are excellent with great knowledge of the ship.

Thank Barnycanbill
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Visited on Saturday 3rd March. We were on a boat cruise to Williamstown and spotted this old ship moored at Gem Pier. We wondered down to have a look at this piece of Australia's Maritime History. Recommend you do the same.

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

HMAS Castlemaine is permanently moored and staffed by volunteers. Admission is amazing value, please leave a donation too. Static display is broad and thorough, photos, artefacts, detailed descriptions. The Bofors has limited movement, better than the national Maritime museum at Darling Harbour. Engine room is...More

Thank I5730PBrebeccaw
Reviewed 3 January 2018

I have walked pass this museum so many times I can’t remember,but yesterday I was walking past with my 10 year old grandson and on a whim went on to visit.It was a great experience for both of us.This old warship has been lovingly restored...More

Thank 699GrahamF
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Well worth seeking out and visiting. Fascinating display on life on a small ship in the Pacific campaign. Really friendly team of volunteers, great enthusiasm for the ship, and it shows. Recommended

Thank david B
Reviewed 23 October 2017

HMAS Castlemaine is permanently moored at Gem Pier, not far from the dockyards where she was built. Between 1942 & 1945 it escorted convoys along Australia's east coast, running rescue missions into Timor. The Castlemaine also ran supplies into islands around New Guinea, patrolled Arafura...More

Thank Arthur B
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

A great heritage item for Melbourne. Well worth a look. It has lots of exhibits and some originality. Good for exploring. Good for kids too. Reasonable priced entry.

Thank john k
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Castlemaine , a Bathurst Class corvette was built in 1942 at the Williamstown Naval Dockyards just down the road from gem Pier and is now a floating museum. Although not open when visited you can get up close and you realise how small the fighting...More

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