Geelong & Ballarat
V/Line has a bus service from Melbourne to Geelong railway station. V/Line also travels along The Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. There are three daily V/Line trains between Melbourne and Warrnambool via Geelong and V/Line buses continue onto Port Fairy, Portland and Mt. Gambier.
There are regular trains which run daily between Melbourne and Ballarat. On weekdays V/Line buses travel from Ballarat to Warrnambool and Ballarat Coachlines have daily services to Melbourne Airport. Bellarine Transit Buses travel from Geelong to Torquay and Jan Juc.Related to:
- Road Trip
By Air : Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport is 22 kms (14 miles) north-west of the city centre. There is a shuttle bus service running at half hour intervals throughout the day and a taxi stand outside the main terminal building. It is cheaper for two people to travel by taxi as the shuttle service is quite expensive.
Melbourne's public transport system is called the Met, which includes trams, trains and buses on the one ticket. Melbourne has one of the largest tram and light-rail networks in the world.
By Taxi : Taxis are numerous but expensive.
By Tram : The free City Circle Tram travels around the city and ties up with other trams, trains and light rail routes around inner Melbourne city. The journey takes you past arcades, shopping malls and some major attractions. Just wait at any of the specially marked tram stops on Flinders, Spencer, LaTrobe or Spring Sts. Trams run in both directions every ten minutes. Daily 10am-sunset Trams run in both directions every ten minutes, seven days a week.
The Metcard - iit's easy to use. The card operates on all Met Trains, Trams and Buses. You can buy a various assortment of cards from ‘short trips’, ‘2 hour trips’, ‘daily’, ‘weekly’.
Only an hour or so by car from Melbourne, but the area is not that well served by public transport. Main 'problem' is that with Ballarat to the south west and Bendigo to the north west, the region falls between two main railway lines with no connecting line between the two. Consequently, to reach Daylesford, train to either Ballarat or Woodend (Bendigo line) and take the connecting coach service.
Macedon is connected to Melbourne on train line (Bendigo line), which is a few kms from Mount Macedon, as is Woodend (for Hanging Rock National Park)
Whilst Victoria has one of the best public transport systems in Australia, sadly that is not saying a great deal, with limited trainlines connecting the main towns and cities and a complementing bus service, which generally links with arrivals of trains at the more remote destinations. There are some local, privately owned initiatives which also try to improve connections - twice-weekly buses are not unusual in rural Victoria!
Melbourne and suburbs are well serviced - extensive commuter train lines running in several directions, 50 - 60kms out of the CBD.
If you are going Melbourne-Geelong: Melbourne-Ballarat: Melbourne-Bendigo: Melbourne-Traralgon: Melbourne- Wadonga, then you have a relatively straight forward run. Variations on a theme from that, and you start to struggle as far as the trains are concerned.
I've divided Victoria into sections, and will use the same for transport tips.
Coach to Mt Buller
Arriving from Interstate we travelled from Melbourne Airport to Mt Buller on the Ski Express Coach.
Coach tickets were pre purchased from our travel agent. Approx $100 return per adult/child.
Coach trip took approximately 3.5hrs with no stops along the way.
Drive through picturesque Victorian countryside.
Coach was new looking, and well appointed with DVD player and toilet.
When you begin the ascent of the mountain look out for the "gnome's house" - you will see it if you look out the left windows.
easy to get around
the road system in victoria is very impressive. the roads, including minor roads in the bush areas, are well maintained and the sign posting(directions) are easy to follow.
if you get lost you cannot read.....lol
contact the victoria motor vehicle club for maps.
Bendigo is the home to a collection of some 34 Vintage Trams. They are housed in Australia's oldest operating tramways complex which was built in 1901-3.
Every day 12 Vintage Trams are rostered for the daily Vintage "Talking" Tram Tours. They provide a taped commentary of the history of Bendigo and background on the many grand Victorian buildings.
There are two main companies in Echuca who will rent out houseboats.
Magic Murray Houseboats
Mooring at Goulburn Rd Box 802
Echuca VIC 3564
Rich River Houseboats
moored at Paddlewheel Park
Echuca VIC 3564
Cruising the Murray River in Echuca
You can take a cruise along the Murray River on one of six river boats currently operating there. Learn about the old Port of Echuca and the amazing riverboat days. The PS Adelaide was built in Echuca and launched in 1886.It is the third oldest steam driven boat in the world. During most of her 90 years of service as a logging boat, she towed barges laden with redgum logs from nearby forests to the sawmills at Echuca. It had been overhauled and was back in its first day of service the day I cruised on it.
Cycling In Melbourne
Melbourne has a wonderful system of bike paths that will take you right into the heart of the city. It is also very easy to take your bike onto the trains for longer distances.Related to:
Rent a convertable & drive the Great Ocean Road
The best way to travel the Great OCean Road is to drive. Get a convertable & it is even better. I found one on the net at carpool.com.au
Puffing Billy is a historic Steam Train which still travels on its original mountain track through the wonderfully scenic Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Emerald Lake. Just 40kms east of Melbourne.
Flew in on Air New Zealand...
Flew in on Air New Zealand from Christchuch, NZ.
Friend drove us to Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. The trams are fantastic in Melbourne.
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