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