Ballarat is the perfect destination for a day trip if you’re coming from regional Victoria or from the big city. Read below for our top ways to get to Ballarat and back in a day, as well as how to get around once you’re in Ballarat.
GETTING TO BALLARAT
If you’re travelling to Spilt Milk from Melbourne, V/Line will take you from Melbourne to Ballarat Station. From there you can jump on a free shuttle service to the festival, picking up on Mair Street via Coffee Palace Lane.
Melbourne on the Move will be offering shuttle buses from Melbourne and regional Victoria to the gates of Spilt Milk on event day. The buses will be picking up people from the below locations:
- Ararat – Railway station
- Bacchus Marsh – Railway station
- Beaufort – Beaufort Band Rotunda
- Bendigo – Railway station
- Caroline Springs – Railway station
- Castlemaine – Railway station
- Creswick – Visitor Information Centre
- Daylesford – Opposite Coles, Albert Street
- Geelong – Railway station
- Horsham – Railway station
- Kyneton – Information Centre, High Street
- Melbourne – Carlton Gardens, opposite Spring Street
- Melton – Railway station
- Mordialloc – Bus stop outside Mordialloc Beach Primary
- Ringwood – Railway station, Bus Bay 10
- Werribee – Railway station, Comben Drive
Ticket prices will vary based on where you will be getting on and off. To book tickets and for more information on bus schedules, visit Melbourne on the Move.
A solid option if you’ve got a big group is pitching in for a private bus to get you from A to Spilt Milk! There will be pre-paid private bus parking next to the festival so you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to get picked up. You can check out private bus options on buscharter.com.au and buy a bus parking pass via Moshtix.
If you’ve got a deso and want a good old fashion road trip then the road to Ballarat is an easy drive. You’ll be able to pull up right next to the festival in the dedicated all-day parking lot off of Gillies St. Parking requires a pre-purchased car or bus pass which you can buy via Moshtix.
Why not treat yourself and arrive in style? Microflite offers bespoke helicopter trips to a number of towns in regional Victoria including Ballarat! So if you’ve got the disposable income, would definitely recommend this option. Please someone, do it.
ONCE YOU’RE IN BALLARAT
Free shuttle buses
Free shuttle services will be running to Spilt Milk from the town centre, picking up from Mair St via Coffee Palace Lane.
There is an extensive Uber network in Ballarat that works off their universal app that you can use to get to Spilt Milk. Your driver will drop you at the drop off zone on Gillies Street, just across from the Spilt Milk entry.
Haven’t got the app? Download it for free here.
Ballarat’s regular bus services will be running on the day. If you are coming from Ballarat central, jump on the 26 straight to the Victoria Park/Sturt St stop. From there you can walk across the parklands to the gates of the festival. If you are coming from Wendouree station, the 10 will take you to the top of Victoria Park in front of Ballarat Highschool on Sturt St.
Get a Lift
Have you convinced someone to drop you off? Firstly, you owe them. Secondly, get them to drop you off at drop off/pick up zone on Sturt Street to make for smooth drive by.
Drive & Park
If you’ve sourced yourself a deso for the day, there is a dedicated parking lot next to the festival just off of Gillies St. Parking requires a pre-purchased car or bus pass.
Book a Taxi
Ask your driver to follow the signage towards the drop off zone on Gillies Street and you’ll be able to walk up to the Spilt Milk entry from there.
Take a Walk
If you want to warm up your legs, or save some money to spend on merch later you can walk to Victoria Park. It’ll take less than 40 minutes on foot from Wendouree Station and Ballarat Central.
The area surrounding Victoria Park, including the drop off zones and bus stops, are completely alcohol-free, so don’t bring those roadies with you.
GETTING HOME FROM BALLARAT
If you’ve pre-booked a bus through Melbourne on the Move, you will be able to jump on exactly where it drops you off. You’ll find your buses just across from the festival entrance, past Caretakers Drive.
To book buses to and from Spilt Milk Ballarat, head to the Melbourne on the Move website.
Free Bus Shuttles
If you’re heading back to town for some after-partying or back to your digs, there will be shuttle buses from Gillies Street heading to town, both Big4’s, Fed Uni and other accom hotspots in Ballarat.
V/Line has train lines running between most regional towns in Victoria making it simple for you to get to Ballarat and Back. Note: The last train leaves from Ballarat at 9:30pm, so check out the below options if you want to catch the last acts!
Get picked up
There will be road closures around Victoria Park for Spilt Milk, so make sure your lift knows where they can pick you up from in advance. There is a public drop off and pick up zone on Sturt Street at the top of Victoria Park, right near the front entrance.
Keep an eye out on the Spilt Milk map and for directional signs on event day showing you the way to the pick-up zones.