Getting here and 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.

Travelling by plane

Those further afield can choose to travel between Bendigo and Sydney via Qantas, with an approximate travel time of 1 hour and 50 minutes. Connecting flights are available for those wishing to travel beyond Sydney. For more information or to book, visit

Airport shuttle services 

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

Visitor information centres

Contact a visitor information centre and unlock the secrets to the exciting Goldfields region. Book accommodation, find out about local events, exhibitions and attractions, or get the inside knowledge on that cosy little restaurant you never knew existed.


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