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Car(e)free

Victoria

  • Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, High Country, Victoria, Australia

No wheels? No worries! Wander Victoria car-free and carefree. Hop a train or a bus for a day trip or mini-break to beachside towns, national parks, riverside retreats and regional cities. Take your bike, your walking boots or just your curiosity, and explore art galleries, museums, forest trails, rail trails and country pubs. No designated drivers, no parking, no problems.

Regional trains and buses (V/line)
Regional train and bus trips are easy to book and usually deliver you right the centre of town. Step off the train and stroll to eateries, bars, whale-watching platforms and paddlesteamer museums.  

Art and history
Get art and about in the Goldfields: two of the country's biggest and best regional galleries are within easy walking distance of V/Line stations. Meander just 200 metres from Ballarat station to The Art Gallery of Ballarat, or take a 15-minute stroll to the Bendigo Art Gallery from Bendigo station.

History buffs, your V/Line tickets will get you a discount at loads of regional museums accessible by train: National Wool Museum (Geelong), Central Deborah Gold Mine (Bendigo), Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.; Ballarat) and Sovereign Hill (Ballarat).

Sovereign Hill even has a dedicated shuttle service ferrying prospectors direct from the station to the main attraction and back in just ten minutes.

Marine and maritime dreams
In just three hours, marine and maritime dreamers can reach the Great Ocean Road's Warrnambool station. From here, it's just a short walk to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, and an easy bike ride to the Logans Beach whale-watching platforms. (Whale-watching season: May–October).

Riverside
Go down to the river by train to explore Murray gateway town, Echuca–Moama. A three-hour trip from Melbourne and only 40 minutes from Bendigo, the trip to Echuca gives you plenty of time to let off steam: wander the historic port area, visit the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, take a paddle steamer ride and linger over a tipple or lunch at The American Hotel.

Mountain high
To explore the Grampians National Park, hop a V/Line bus to Halls Gap, the starting point for loads of hiking trails to scenic lookouts, and an ideal basecamp for all kinds of wildlife watching.

Bike trails
Set off for a two-wheeling wander to explore Victoria's network of scenic rail trails. Take your bike on V/Line trains, on selected coach services, or hire one at destinations across the state. Two-wheel it along converted, safe and easy-to-ride rail trails to local wineries, farm gates and country villages

Popular rail trails include the Murray to Mountain, Great Victorian Rail Trail and Lilydale to Warburton

Off the trail, Woodend is a perfect short trip for two-wheelers. From Woodend station, discover a network of quiet country roads, challenging hill climbs and regional forests around the Macedon Ranges, and relax with a meal at local craft brewery, Holgate Brewhouse.

Visit the V/Line website for regional train and coach timetables and fares.

Metropolitan trains
Chasing adventure with your myki? Done! You don't even have to go to the end of the line to find yourself far from the big smoke and immersed in a new world.

Belgrave line
Take the Belgrave line to Upper Ferntree Gully Station to explore Dandenong Ranges National Park on foot.  Forest walking trails, including the Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk, Ramblers’ Trail Loop (1.5km), Living Bush Nature Walk (2.5km) and Lyrebird Loop (4km), will make you glad you packed boots made for walking. 

Just three stations further down the line, Belgrave station is a short walk from Sherbrooke Forest. Part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the forest offers another 800 hectares of woodland hills and trails to ramble through.   

Weary legs? Swap trains at Belgrave and hop aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train for a daytrip through the Dandenong Ranges. The train never runs out of puff.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website for Belgrave line timetables.