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Ballarat and Dunolly and the Ballarat Beer Festival by Heritage Train

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One of the biggest days on the Australian Beer Calendar

Join Vintage Rail Travel/707 Operations on their first mainline heritage train for 2020, onboard a heritage diesel hauled train travelling to Ballarat and Dunolly in conjunction with the annual Ballarat Beer Festival.

Travel in style to the Ballarat Beer Festival or an afternoon exploring Ballarat. Or take the option to extend your heritage train journey and travel to Dunolly before returning to Melbourne.

The highly anticipated, family-friendly Ballarat Beer Festival will once again provide festivalgoers with a fantastic day out this summer.

Discover over 150 craft beers, ciders and rare brews from Australian and International brewers, plus the very best of craft beer culture with beer education classes, blind tastings and trivia games, and enjoy a great line up of local and Australian bands. Tickets for the festival must be purchased separately.

You may also like to spend the day in Ballarat, exploring the city's galleries, museums, cafes, and history, including the Ballarat Tramway Museum and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

With heritage trams running every 12 minutes, you can see Australia's oldest operable tram on display, dating back to 1887, and view the various restoration works that are currently taking place in the workshop.

For those who don't wish to visit the Ballarat Beer Festival or spend the day exploring Ballarat, stay on the train and head further North for an afternoon trip to Dunolly, where you will have just under 2 hours to explore the historic town and enjoy a country lunch at one of the many local cafes and pubs.

The standard class carriages feature open saloon and compartment style seating areas in carriages which date to the 1950s. The cafe carriage and licensed lounge carriages will be attached and available for all passengers throughout the journey, serving a wide range of beer, wines and spirits along with hot and cold snack foods, confectionery, tea and coffee.

The heritage train features:

  • An all air-conditioned train of open saloon and compartment style seating

  • Cafe Hudson carriage

  • Licensed lounge carriages

  • Mainline heritage diesel locomotives

  • Relaxed vintage travel atmosphere

    Plan your journey and ticket options:

    Departing Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at 8.02 am the train will arrive into Wendouree at 11.28 am (from Wendouree it's a short stroll the festival at the Botanical Gardens). Or stay on the train and head north to the historic town of Dunolly for the afternoon.

    Departing Ballarat at 11.45 am, passengers will be picked up in Creswick (12.05 pm), Clunes (12.20 pm), Talbot (12.35 pm) and Maryborough (12.50pm) before arriving into Dunolly at 1.20 pm, allowing you just under 2 hours to explore this charming country town.

    The return journey will depart from Dunolly 3.10 pm with stops at Maryborough, Talbot, Clunes, Creswick and Ballarat at 4.55 pm. After a 5.25 pm departure from Wendouree, you will return to Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at 8.50 pm.

    The train will also call at North Shore for Geelong-based guests who wish to join the train. Outbound, the train will pick up passengers from North Shore at 9.12 am. On the return, passengers will be dropped off at North Shore at 7.43 pm.

    A range of ticketing options are now on sale, priced from $70 pp for Adults and $20 for Children. Please click here to see the price listing.

    To make a booking, please visit Trybooking.

    For more information on the Ballarat and Dunolly and the Ballarat Beer Festival by Heritage Train, please visit

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    I'm not one for beer but I'd be in it for the train ride.
    by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8057) 360 days ago
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