Yes, we do have a vehicle, but we wanted to try going by train!
We checked on-line for accommodation, most of the hotels we tried were already booked out, but we managed to find one in the town of Echuca that was willing to offer a three night 'package'. We were happy with that so hurriedly packed our bags and caught the 1:28 V Line train from Ballan into Southern Cross Rail Station.
The V Line "fast trains" that run on the regional lines are very comfortable, have water on board and clean toilet facilities.
John on the V Line train at Southern Cross Rail Station
The cost of the adult, full fare, from Ballan thru to Echuca, off peak, return ticket was $59.80.
The Melbourne to Echuca section, return, off peak ticket is $45.80 (concession is $22.80)
The 1.28pm train from Ballan arrived at Southern Cross an hour later and we had time for a hot chocolate before boarding the V Line service to Echuca that was due to depart at 3.15pm. Again, a very comfortable train journey that took us through Sunbury, Kyneton, Castlemaine, Bendigo and Rochester before arriving at Echuca at 6.35pm.
All up the journey on the train was 4.5 hours.
The scenery - as seen in the images below - was well worth it, less stress too!
In the above image, you can clearly see where the 'suburbs of Melbourne' extend as far north as Sunbury!
when next you want a short break, why not think of a train journey?
Check the V Line website for all regional train journeys in Victoria, Australia.
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