Overview

Towns by train

Start your regional adventures on the right track – hop on Victoria's regional trains and buses (V/line) direct to your destination. Relax into your seat and gaze out the window at shifting landscapes and open skies for an authentic slow travel experience. Once you arrive, hit the pavement to find excellent galleries, parks, cafes and heritage buildings all within a stone's throw of the station.

Goldfields

Alight at Ballarat station and stroll just 200 metres to The Art Gallery of Ballarat. Within five minutes, you could be at Hop Temple, Mitchell Harris Wines or Yellow Espresso cafe. Or take the dedicated shuttle service from the station to Sovereign Hill and back.

Arrive at Bendigo station and find yourself at the doorstep of the Discovery Science & Technology Centre. Wander 10 minutes to cafes along Mitchell Street and Lyttleton Terrace or a further 100 metres to hatted Masons of Bendigo. Bendigo Art Gallery and the View Street arts precinct lie another 600 metres west.

From Castlemaine station, walk for 10 minutes into town to reach the Castlemaine Art Gallery, cafes and the Theatre Royal. Or amble north from the station to the 19th-century botanical gardens, The Mill vintage market, surrounding eateries and pubs.

Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula

Take the five-minute walk from the station to Geelong Gallery or head east to reach the National Wool Museum and the Waterfront, with its carousel, gardens and restaurants. The cafes of Little Malop and Ryrie Streets are only 10 minutes from the station.

 

Great Ocean Road

Pull up at Warrnambool station and stroll for 15 minutes along Merri Street to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Stop in at the Warrnambool Art Gallery on your way back, then head towards town to Liebig Street for cafes or modern European fare at Pickled Pig.

Gippsland

Time your visit to coincide with the monthly farmers market at Warragul's Civic Park, a 15-minute walk from the railway station. Your foodie adventures continue with lunch at The Courthouse Restaurant or at Stella's Pantry, both within easy walking distance of the park. Stroll south to Burke Street Park to access the Warragul Linear Park Arts Discovery Trail, a community arts project.

Stop off at Traralgon and walk up Franklin Street, arriving at the grand old Post Office and Courthouse building in under 10 minutes. Admire more gold rush architecture across Kay Street Gardens to Ryans Hotel. Catch a show at nearby Latrobe Performing Arts Centre and stop in at Little Prince or Neilsons Kitchen for sustenance on your way back to the station.

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

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