How To Get There
Ballarat is on the eastern perimeter of the Central Goldfields region, so travellers are advised to take the Western Freeway from Melbourne.
To visit Kilmore or Heathcote, take the Hume Freeway as far as Wallan, where you branch off onto the McIvor Highway. For most other destinations, take the Calder Freeway. Midland Highway links Ballarat to Castlemaine, Bendigo and then Echuca, on the Murray River and NSW border.
The major towns of the Central Goldfields are all accessible by train from Melbourne, and make excellent single day destinatioons from the capital. Trains depart from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at regular intervals throughout the day.