Time Out says
Those that do not stay here stand outside and take photos. The Empyre was built in the late 1800s and is an exemplar of gold-rush architecture with its lace balconies and stained-glass windows. This boutique hotel offers a full-menu breakfast and has its own luxurious bar. There are its gardens to explore, but it’s also mere metres away from Castlemaine’s loveliest sights, such as the Theatre Royal of the same era. There’s off-street parking, too. Considering the luxury of this get-away, it’s reasonably priced, with rates ranging from around $265-$425 depending on the utter grandeur of your chosen room.