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Getting here & around

Travelling by car

The Goldfields region is within easy reach of Melbourne. The Western Freeway leads past the townships of Bacchus Marsh and Ballan to Ballarat. Follow the Calder Highway past Kyneton to Castlemaine, then further north to Bendigo. You can also get to Bendigo from Melbourne by driving north on the Hume Freeway via Kilmore, then veering onto the Northern Highway via Heathcote and then onto the McIvor Highway.

If you are travelling from interstate why not explore the region and its neighbours? Consider following the Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive from Canberra to Bendigo, or the Great Southern Touring Route to Ballarat via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians.

Public transport options

V/Line offers train services from Southern Cross Station direct to Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat and Maryborough. Travel time from Melbourne to Bendigo is approximately 2 hours, and 1.5 hours from Melbourne to Ballarat. Connecting coach services operate from Bendigo and Ballarat to other towns within the Goldfields.

Airport shuttle services 

Shuttle services operate between Melbourne Airport and both Ballarat and Bendigo. For timetables and fares, visit airportshuttlebus.com.au (Ballarat) and bendigoairportservice.com.au (Bendigo).

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Travel information

Visitor information centres

Visitor information centres can help you book accommodation in their region, and give you advice about local events and things to do.



Visit towns across the Goldfields and experience their unique history, ornate streetscapes, great wine and local produce, and boutique accommodation.



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