Newstead town straddles the Loddon River at the crossroads of forests, woodlands and volcanic plains country. It is well serviced educationally by a local kindergarten and state primary school. There is a Steiner school nearby and secondary students bus to schools in Castlemaine (17km), Maryborough (31km) and Bendigo (52km). It is largely a commuter town. Mostly, people travel to Castlemaine, 15 minutes away, or Bendigo or Ballarat, both almost an hour away, for medical services and for work. The area is also home to many artists and creatives.
Source: Census 2016, Quick stats
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Newstead’s Energy Profile
Source: Powercor, 2016
Newstead and Surrounds
Newstead incorporates a wide area and community life is richly imbued with volunteerism. A history of fund raising has built the swimming pool and the fire station and continues to contribute many other services and facilities. Today, the community continues to be strongly connected and has a proven record of initiating and completing projects for the town’s betterment. There are more than 30 active community groups in Newstead.
Surrounding areas that connect to Newstead include:
- Green Gully
- Muckleford South
- Welshmans Reef
- Joyces Creek