Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12-5pm
Sundays and Public Holidays 10am – 5pm
CLOSED: Christmas Day & Good Friday


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.

Following the success of the 2018 fair, Buda’s annual Traditional Arts Fair is coming to again Castlemaine on Sunday 24th November 2019, showcasing traditional arts, cooking and gardening in as many and varied forms as possible, in the spirit of the Leviny daughters.


Patchwork, spinning, weaving, knitting, lacemaking, etching, quiltmaking, emboidery, fishing rods, pickling, metalwork, knitting pattern making, handmade body products, lacemakers, weaving, etching, and much more!


Craft beer, Handmade Icecream, Coffee, Buda special gourmet BBQ, Devonshire teas, Light lunches, music and children’s activities.


Whilst here, you will be able to take a “behind the scenes” tour of the house. These will have a focus on specialised fields and be with one of Buda’s special tour guides.

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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June 2019

Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Twilight Jazz

June 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Buda Twilight jazz evening in conjunction with the Castlemaine Jazz Festival featuring CHONK: Melbourne‘s hottest swing outfit specialising in the music of Count Basie and the Benny Goodman sextet

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August 2019

A Remarkable Life

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ernest Leviny, Colonial Goldsmith and Jeweller.
An armchair journey through the life and times of Hungarian born Ernest Leviny. Talk by Buda Curator Lauretta Zilles, with afternoon tea.

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September 2019

Buda Annual Fundraising Dinner

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Annual Josine McEwan Fundraising Dinner with special guest speaker Katie Finlay and
seasonal Thai meal by Duang Tengtrirat.

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Nursery &
Gift Shop

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The House
& Collection

Buda historic Home and Garden acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the traditional owners of the land on which we operate. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.