6 days in Daylesford, Grampians & Ballarat Itinerary

6 days in Daylesford, Grampians & Ballarat Itinerary

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6 days in Daylesford, Grampians & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Daylesford
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Halls Gap
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ballarat
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Daylesford, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Daylesford trip planner .

Melbourne to Daylesford is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Daylesford

Parks Nature Spas
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Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Spas & Wellness
Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens ©
Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

1
night
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
On the 22nd (Sat), stroll through Halls Gap Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Pinnacle, and then stroll through Chatauqua Peak.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Halls Gap visit planning tool .

Getting from Daylesford to Halls Gap by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ballarat.

Things to do in Halls Gap

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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo

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nights
Ballarat

Ballarat
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You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballarat: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong) and Werribee (Werribee River Park & Werribee Open Range Zoo). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Sovereign Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Lake Wendouree, and step into the grandiose world of Kryal Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ballarat trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Halls Gap to Ballarat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Ballarat, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Werribee, The Great Ocean Road, Eastern Beach Reserve
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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