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No wheels? No worries! Wander Victoria car-free and carefree. Hop a train or a bus for a day trip or mini-break to beachside towns, national parks, riverside retreats and regional cities. Take your bike, your walking boots or just your curiosity, and explore art galleries, museums, forest trails, rail trails and country pubs. No designated drivers, no parking, no problems.

Regional trains and buses (V/line)

Regional train and bus trips are easy to book and usually deliver you right the centre of town. Step off the train and stroll to eateries, bars, whale-watching platforms and paddlesteamer museums.  

Art and history
Get art and about in the Goldfields: two of the country's biggest and best regional galleries are within easy walking distance of V/Line stations. Meander just 200 metres from Ballarat station to The Art Gallery of Ballarat, or take a 15-minute stroll to the Bendigo Art Gallery from Bendigo station.

History buffs, your V/Line tickets will get you a discount at loads of regional museums accessible by train: National Wool Museum (Geelong), Central Deborah Gold Mine (Bendigo), Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.; Ballarat) and Sovereign Hill (Ballarat).

Sovereign Hill even has a dedicated shuttle service ferrying prospectors direct from the station to the main attraction and back in just ten minutes.

Marine and maritime dreams
In just three hours, marine and maritime dreamers can reach the Great Ocean Road's Warrnambool station. From here, it's just a short walk to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, and an easy bike ride to the Logans Beach whale-watching platforms. (Whale-watching season: May–October).

Riverside
Go down to the river by train to explore Murray gateway town, Echuca–Moama. A three-hour trip from Melbourne and only 40 minutes from Bendigo, the trip to Echuca gives you plenty of time to let off steam: wander the historic port area, visit the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, take a paddle steamer ride and linger over a tipple or lunch at The American Hotel.

Mountain high
To explore the Grampians National Park, hop a V/Line bus to Halls Gap, the starting point for loads of hiking trails to scenic lookouts, and an ideal basecamp for all kinds of wildlife watching.

Bike trails
Set off for a two-wheeling wander to explore Victoria's network of scenic rail trails. Take your bike on V/Line trains, on selected coach services, or hire one at destinations across the state. Two-wheel it along converted, safe and easy-to-ride rail trails to local wineries, farm gates and country villages

Popular rail trails include the Murray to Mountain, Great Victorian Rail Trail and Lilydale to Warburton

Off the trail, Woodend is a perfect short trip for two-wheelers. From Woodend station, discover a network of quiet country roads, challenging hill climbs and regional forests around the Macedon Ranges, and relax with a meal at local craft brewery, Holgate Brewhouse.

Visit the V/Line website for regional train and coach timetables and fares.

Metropolitan trains

Chasing adventure with your myki? Done! You don't even have to go to the end of the line to find yourself far from the big smoke and immersed in a new world.

Belgrave line
Take the Belgrave line to Upper Ferntree Gully Station to explore Dandenong Ranges National Park on foot.  Forest walking trails, including the Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk, Ramblers’ Trail Loop (1.5km), Living Bush Nature Walk (2.5km) and Lyrebird Loop (4km), will make you glad you packed boots made for walking. 

Just three stations further down the line, Belgrave station is a short walk from Sherbrooke Forest. Part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the forest offers another 800 hectares of woodland hills and trails to ramble through.   

Weary legs? Swap trains at Belgrave and hop aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train for a daytrip through the Dandenong Ranges. The train never runs out of puff.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website for Belgrave line timetables. 

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Art galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery

Stop by the Bendigo Art Gallery and see works by contemporary Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Bill Henson.

Craft breweries

Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate Brewhouse is a family owned, 100 per cent independent craft-brewing company, cranking out classic beer styles in their microbrewing plant in...

Great Trails

Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail

Whisk yourself away to Victoria's best developed rail trail and dive into the heart of the Victorian alpine region, with its farmgates and wineries.

Great trails

Great Victorian Rail Trail

Conquer Australia's longest rail trail, winding your way through the idyllic countryside in the foothills of the spectacular Victorian Alps.

National parks & reserves

Grampians National Park

Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflowers and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites in the Grampians National Park.

Museums

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat

Delve into the stories of the Eureka Stockade, its impact on democracy and freedom in Australia and around the world, in an award-winning museum.

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

The iconic Port of Echuca, located 2. 5 hours north of Melbourne on the banks of the Mighty Murray River, is the only place in Australia where you...

Gold rush history

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.

Maritime history

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

By day or by night Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show is a must do - and winner of Victorian Tourism Award Hall of...

Walking & hiking

1000 Steps

March your way up the steep, 1000 step-climb to experience a tiny sense of the exhaustion felt by the Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

History & heritage

Puffing Billy Steam Railway

All aboard for a ride on Australia's oldest steam railway, through thick forests and lush fern gullies, or travel first class for olden-times romance.

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