Carisbrook is the centre of a rich agricultural area. The little town is proud of its many historic buildings, including the Masonic Lodge and the old log gaol. Built in 1852, the gaol retains its original interlocking and horizontally-laid log walls, but the shingle roof has been replaced by corrugated iron.
You can get an understanding of how the local squattocracy lived from Junction Lodge, a two-storey, bluestone homestead, complete with stables, barn, smithy, kitchen and workers’ quarters on Camp Street.
A few kilometres south of town the Tullaroop Reservoir, and, back toward Castlemaine, the big Cairn Curran Reservoir offer camping and fishing opportunities. Many picturesque picnic spots beckon you to relax with a hamper or barbecue. For example, along Deep Creek at Bucknall Reserve a quiet shady location can be enjoyed. Take a stoll along one of the Deep Creek walking tracks, the landscapes and birdlife make excellent photographic opportunities.
Carisbrook is the birthplace of Tilly Aston, born in 1873. Tilly, despite the loss of her sight at an early age, became an accomplished writer, poet, musician and teacher. She initiated the Braille Library and the Association for the Advancement for the Blind in Victoria (now Vision Australia).
Carisbrook is also home to the Maryborough Harness Racing Club which holds regular meets and a monthly Tourist Market on the first Sunday of each month. A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Carisbrook is available for the Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre.