From Thursday 28 October 2021 all visitors to Buda will be required to show verification of double-vaccination status, in line with government regulations. Thank you for your understanding.

Welcome to Buda

Buda is an authentic goldfields villa house and garden located in Castlemaine Central Victoria.

Named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny, it was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings.

Come to Buda and enjoy walking through the historic house where you will be transported to another era, in this Museums Australia accredited museum. Wander three acres of heritage garden featuring original plantings and structures, including the bird aviary, tennis pavilion and grape pergola, along with many original garden ornaments created by the Leviny family members.


Bus tours and large groups are welcome at Buda from Monday to Sunday, every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day, by prior appointment. Tour guides provided and catering available.
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The Buda Giftshop stocks unique giftware, homewares and jewellery featuring original Leviny designs as well as art cards and craftwork produced locally.

The Buda Plant Nursery stocks heritage and drought-hardy plants as well as a variety of fruit trees and native plants.

Why not make a day of it and have a Picnic at Buda! A viewing of this historic home of the Leviny family is a must for lovers of the Arts and Crafts movement, heritage gardens and Gold Rush architecture. A gentle stroll around the grounds could be capped off with a picnic lunch on the lawn overlooking the township or listening to the aviary birds while seated at our comfortable tables in the courtyard.

You are welcome at anytime to bring your own rug and picnic hamper, but for those travelling, or an extra special treat, why not book an exclusive Buda gourmet hamper lovingly prepared by Melanie of Fryers Teahouse.

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Kids Treasure hunt

Click for instructions. Also available onsite as a paper version and there’s one for under 5’s.


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status

All eligible visitors must have received both COVID-19 vaccinations and provide verification of their vaccination status to enter Buda.

Acceptable proof of vaccination status (with proof of ID) includes:

  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate uploaded to the Services Victoria app.
  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate uploaded to phone wallet
  • Official Australian Immunisation Register certificate
  • Printed COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Medical exemption with valid, original letter signed and issued by a specified medical practitioner class ID

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See our Covid Safe plan

These uncertain times have hit the creative industries hard and present challenging circumstances. You can continue to support Buda by making a tax deductible donation so we can continue to make plans for post COVID-19.

Looking for a venue?

The Buda Garden Room is a stunning venue for weddings, special birthday parties and celebrations.

A fully equipped space, it also functions well for workshops, seminars and multi-day conferences.

Contact our friendly team to receive our weddings package, and to discuss your needs.

Call Buda Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm on (03) 5472 1032 or

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November 2021

Traditional Arts Fair Workshop – Furoshiki with Duang Tengtrirat

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The art of Furoshiki; the Japanese art of no waste wrapping

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Tinsmithing with the Old Woolshed Tinsmith

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Learn new skills and help revive a lost trade in this choice of two tinsmithing workshops.

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Traditional Arts Fair

Traditional Arts Fair

November 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Buda Historic Home and Garden, 42 Hunter St
CASTLEMAINE, VIC 3450 Australia
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The Traditional Arts Fair committee has made the difficult decision to once again reimagine this year's fair into a series of several smaller events. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 difficulties, we have decided that smaller events that are able to be managed with Covid safe requirements will be more rewarding for all.

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