3 days in Ballarat & Daylesford Itinerary

3 days in Ballarat & Daylesford Itinerary

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3 days in Ballarat & Daylesford Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Daylesford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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night
Ballarat

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On the 30th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill and then explore the activities along Lake Wendouree. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Art Gallery of Ballarat, look for all kinds of wild species at Ballarat Wildlife Park, then get engrossed in the history at The Gold Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ballarat journey planner.

Melbourne to Ballarat is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Daylesford.

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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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Daylesford

Daylesford ©
Known for its natural spring mineral spas, Daylesford is a rejuvenating spot to take the waters and sample local wine.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Mill Markets, and finally explore the activities along Lake Daylesford.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Daylesford sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Daylesford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Daylesford, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Daylesford

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Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens ©
Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

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