7 days in Ballarat, Daylesford & Bendigo Itinerary

7 days in Ballarat, Daylesford & Bendigo Itinerary

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7 days in Ballarat, Daylesford & Bendigo Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
1
Ballarat
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Daylesford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bendigo
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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On the 8th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Patrick's Cathedral and then don't miss a visit to Lydiard Street. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sturt Street Gardens, don't miss a visit to Arch of Victory, then do a tasting at Moorabool Ridge Winery, and finally look for gifts at The Amazing Mill Markets Ballarat.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballarat driving holiday planning tool .

Sydney to Ballarat is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Ballarat to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Daylesford.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Barwon Park, Moorabool Ridge Winery
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Barwon Park ©
Barwon Park
St Patrick's Cathedral ©
St Patrick's Cathedral
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St Alipius Presbytery

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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 11th (Thu): do a tasting at Captains Creek Organic Wines, sample the fine beverages at Daylesford Cider Company, then view the masterpieces at Stony Creek Gallery, then explore by horseback at Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, and finally admire the striking features of Maryborough Railway Station. On your second day here, do a tasting at Passing Clouds Winery, then do a tasting at Paramoor Winery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally wander the streets of Piper Street.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Daylesford online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Daylesford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Daylesford can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bendigo.

Things to do in Daylesford

Wineries Spas Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kyneton, Captains Creek Organic Wines, Paramoor Winery, Maryborough Railway Station, Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides
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Paramoor Winery ©
Paramoor Winery
Daylesford Cider Company ©
Daylesford Cider Company
Captains Creek Organic Wines ©
Captains Creek Organic Wines

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Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Fortuna Villa, get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, then contemplate the long history of Carman's Tunnel, and finally contemplate the long history of Castlemaine Historic Market Building. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St Kilian's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bendigo Joss House Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bendigo Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bendigo journey planner .

Traveling by car from Daylesford to Bendigo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bendigo

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Maldon, Castlemaine Historic Market Building
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The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion ©
Fortuna Villa ©
Fortuna Villa
St Kilian's Church ©
St Kilian's Church

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