Central Victorian Vacation – Ballarat to Bendigo
Distance: 200km via the Macedon Ranges
Only 200km? You’ll be amazed at the additional ground you’ll cover, and how much you can pack in on this road trip from Bendigo to Ballarat
The Wombat State Forest and Macedon Ranges State Park are among the outdoor highlights on this trip.
Take the Calder Fwy north towards . See its old jail. Visit the Pennyweight Flat Children’s Cemetery (a window on the harshness of life in the goldfields). Uncover all the secrets of the including the Garfield Waterwheel in Chewton.
Pop up to the lookout at Mount Tarrengower for incredible views. Visit the Victorian Goldfields Railway for a glimpse of old-time steam power.
From there, it’s only a Central Deborah Gold Mine. Catch a talking tram. See the historic joss house, used as a place of worship by Chinese miners. Take in the shade at , beautiful Rosalind Park in the heart of town.
Have a tipple at the grand old Shamrock Hotel. See the historic old post office and town hall. Visit the Dai Gum San historic Chinese precinct, which houses the world’s oldest imperial Chinese dragon (Loong) and what was the world’s longest Imperial Chinese dragon (Sun Loong) until the arrival of its successor in town (DaI Gum Loong) a few years back.
Use Bendigo to explore the wider region. Tour the popular Heathcote and Bendigo wine regions. Visit historic gold towns like Inglewood and Wedderburn. The are a gem. Walk to the top of the granite peak at , near Mitiamo, and head the Port of Echuca and the Barmah National Park.
Before you go
- Download the VicEmergency app and tune into the local emergency broadcasters
- Remember to keep 1.5 metres from anyone you don’t live with
- Carry a fitted face mask to wear in large retail premises or if you’re in a crowd
- Get tested and isolate at your accommodation if possible if you have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while you’re away
- Book ahead or have a plan B in case your destination is at capacity
- Never leave a campfire unattended, and always extinguish them with water rather than soil
- Don’t forget to shop local and support our Victorian businesses and producers, and
Reviewed 08 April 2021