Time Out says
Newstead is small town in Victoria Mt Alexander Shire. It sits in the state's 'golden triangle', one of the richest alluvial gold mining areas in the world. It's about a 90 minute drive north-west of Melbourne and just 15 minutes from Castlemaine. The town has its own primary school, two pubs, a motel, a bed and breakfast, a café and a winery just out of town. The town hosts several events each year including the Newstead Short Story Tattoo and Newstead Live – a music and folk festival.