Ballarat is an historical gold mining town located 110 kilometers north-west of Melbourne. This inland regional city of 100,000 people is considered the capital of western Victoria and has a strong, proud place in Australia’s history. Nestled among green rolling hills, Ballarat is loved for its history and heritage, equally admired for its great hospitality and warm, welcoming community.
THE RUSH IS STILL ON IN BALLARAT
Ballarat has become one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations, with gold plated experiences to be enjoyed by all.
Born in the romantic and turbulent gold rush era, Ballarat’s story is intermingled with the nation’s history. When the world flocked to Ballarat in the 1850s in search of gold, it left a stunning heritage of art and culture, grand architecture, stunning gardens and above all fascinating stories for you to discover every day.
When you visit Ballarat, you’ll be caught up in its fascinating gold rush history at Sovereign Hill and feel the drama of early diggers and police troopers as they stumbled onto the pages of Australian history at the sound at light spectacular Blood on the Southern Cross.
Get up close and personal with native animals at the Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park, and visit Australia’s onlu medieval adventure park Kryal Castle, where myths, legends and fairy tales come to life.
Plus there’s a wealth of walking and riding trails and a treasure trove of activities awaiting the visitor right throughout the region.
Located just over 110 kilometres and connected via an excellent highway and freeway network, Ballarat is only an hour and a half by road or rail from Melbourne. Visitors arriving by air into Melbourne can continue on to Ballarat by taking the Airport Shuttle Bus, which runs a number of daily services. V/Line runs a number of trains daily to Ballarat from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to travel via train from Melbourne to Ballarat.
For further information about your Ballarat experience visit www.visitballarat.com.au or call 1800 44 66 33
Ballarat is well serviced by air, rail and road. Victoria’s two largest airports are within an hour’s drive. A shuttle service runs from Melbourne’s airport (Tullamarine) to Ballarat and the fast train means rail travel from the centre of Melbourne to the centre of Ballarat is just over an hour. Ballarat sits on the junction of three of the state’s major freeways and is very well serviced by a public bus service, taxi services and car hire companies.
VLine operates trains regularly from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Ballarat Station.
Sit back relax and enjoy the countryside views on the train journey taking approximately 80 minutes.
(Ph 18 0080 0007 – in Australia)
Ballarat is located centrally in Victoria with bus services available from a number of locations. For details of bus travel throughout Victoria, visit VLine.
Self-driving can be a great option if planning to further explore the many attractions of Victoria at your own pace.
Driving routes and distances:
Ballarat to Melbourne 110km 75mins via Western Freeway
Ballarat to Geelong 85km 60mins via Midland Highway
Ballarat to Adelaide 614km 6.5hrs via Western Highway
Ballarat to Sydney 962km 9.5hrs via National Highway and Hume Highway
Ballarat to Grampians 135km 90mins via Western Freeway
Ballarat Taxi Co-operative has a wide range of services to accommodate your needs in Ballarat. Hail a yellow taxi roadside or book ahead.
Ballarat Taxi Co-operative: http://www.131008.com/ballarat
(Ph 131 008 – in Australia)
Ballarat buses run frequently from the city centre, to Lake Wendouree and throughout the whole town. Ballarat is serviced by Davis Buslines; routes can be found on their website. Ask your accommodation provider or the Visitor Information Centre which route you are situated on.
Lake Wendouree can be accessed by Route 15, 16, and 18.
Davis Buslines: http://cdcvictoria.com.au/timetables/ballarat
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