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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Free country train trips until February 7th


Because of recent disruptions V-Line is offering free train and coach services until 7th February 2016.

While it is free it is still suggested you make bookings in order to get seats. Conductors will not however be checking tickets. Here are some suggestions about where to go.

Castlemaine

Wander around the historic township where you can also take a ride on the Victorian Goldfields Railway (not free). A couple of the caravan parks are accessible from the station such as The Big4 Holiday Park which is right next to the Botanic Gardens and Castlemaine Central Cabin & Van Park is opposite the IGA.

Warrnambool

At three hours a lengthy but certainly a great train trip. Great beaches at the other end. Fantastic and huge adventure playground for the kids at Lake Pertobe. Here were my adventures when I travelled by train.

Ballarat

You would need to get a bus to Sovereign Hill and Lake Wendouree is walkable but it a bit of a hike. But right near the station is the Ballarat Art Gallery and I love having a drink in old worldy Craig's Hotel. For my train trip there and further suggestions click here.

Woodend

Have lunch at Holgate Brewhouse and wander around this charming township. For some great lunch spots and an award winning vanilla slice click here.

Bendigo

Having been to Bendigo by train I know the gallery is certainly walkable. They have some great exhibitions. Click here. For something different stay at the Art Series Schaller Studios.



Geelong

The Festival of Sails is on and the waterfront is well worth a look with its swimming pool, famous bollards, heritage carousel and many excellent restaurants.

Bairnsdale

Some nice architecture, good pub food and 13 opshops. What more could you ask for! More information on travelling there by train and what to do by click here.

These are just a few suggestions but you could go as far afield as Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura or other places in Gippsland. Don't forget reaching the border means you are half-way to Sydney.

You can find details at: V-Line


Further Tips:

Bring your own food.
Bring that book you have been dying to read or podcasts to listen to.
Bring a water bottle as there is a cold water tap at the end of each carriage.
Coffee in the dining cart isn't half bad.
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Why? Free transport for the whole family
When: Now until Feb 7
Where: Country Victoria leaving from Southern Cross
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It's now been extended till Feb 7th.
by amand (score: 1|33) 1414 days ago
how sad to find out about free country trips till 31 January on the 29th January! Will keep eye out for future ones. Thank you.
by vanda (score: 2|106) 1414 days ago
well I found out on 31st Jan ...not so lucky me !! oh I see extension 7th feb. this should be a given ... for all Summer months ...at least until end of March 2016...
by Yrfeewill (score: 1|16) 1412 days ago
This article reads as though the train travel is for anyone. Is this correct? Or does it only apply to those people who missed out on trains during the problem period?
by Naomi Parry (score: 1|81) 1414 days ago
A great article Nadine. I'm sure many people with take advantage of the free rides. Imagine what a treat it would be for children who have never travelled by train before.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7511) 1415 days ago
We went to Seymour yesterday and had a lovely day out. We checked out the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and had a play in the park. Not much open on a Saturday after 1pm.
by cindy (score: 0|2) 1412 days ago
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