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
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Halls Gap
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ballarat
— 1 night
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), take in nature's colorful creations at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve and then learn about winemaking at Passing Clouds Winery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Daylesford day trip planning website .

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. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Halls Gap.

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Wildlife Parks Wineries

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Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
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Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve ©
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

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Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Visiting Climbing Tours and Grampians Adventure Golf will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grampians National Park and Venus Baths Loop. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of MacKenzie Falls, get great views at Reed Lookout, and make a trip to Boroka Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Halls Gap road trip planning site .

You can drive from Daylesford to Halls Gap in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Outdoors Parks Trails

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Victoria
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MacKenzie Falls ©
MacKenzie Falls
Climbing Tours
Grampians National Park ©
Grampians National Park

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
Hamilton is a large town in south-western Victoria, Australia, at the intersection of the Glenelg Highway and the Henty Highway. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Wannon Falls, then admire the sheer force of Nigretta Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at MacKenzie Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Halls Gap to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature
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MacKenzie Falls ©
MacKenzie Falls
Nigretta Falls ©
Nigretta Falls
Wannon Falls ©
Wannon Falls

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
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On the 26th (Wed), make a trip to Arch of Victory, don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at St George's Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Lydiard Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ballarat online route planner .

You can drive from Hamilton to Ballarat in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ballarat are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Nature

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St George's Lake
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St George's Lake ©
St George's Lake
Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial ©
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Lydiard Street

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