Ballarat to Echuca Roadtrip

Travelling to Echuca Moama from Ballarat? Why not make a day of it and visit some of the interesting towns, attractions and local businesses along the way.

Stop 1: Smeaton
Approx. 30 mins from Ballarat

  • Grab a coffee to enjoy while wandering Anderson’s Mill, a historic five story bluestone building and water wheel set on the banks of Birch’s Creek.
  • If you just can’t wait to get the to river to wet a line, head over to the Tuki Trout Farm where you’re guaranteed to catch a rainbow trout. The perfect fishing warm up for adults and children of all experience levels.

 Andersons Mill Smeaton credit Parks Victoria
Anderson's Mill, Smeaton: Parks Victoria

Maldon street credit Visit Victoria
Maldon Streetscape image: Visit Victoria

Stop 2: Maldon
Approx. 35 minutes from Smeaton

  • Named by the National Trust as ‘the most intact heritage streetscape’, a wander down the main street of Maldon is a must. Search for treasures in the boutique stores and grab a bite to eat in one of the historic café buildings. If you have time, you could venture further afield and take in one of the bush walks or nature trails, or ride the Victorian Goldfields Steam Railway.

Stop 3: Bendigo
Approx. 30 mins from Maldon

  • Tour the Central Deborah Gold Mine, take a ride on the Vintage Talking Tram or grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes and restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, walk or ride a section of the O’Keefe Rail Trail or explore the Greater Bendigo National Park.
  • As you leave Bendigo, stop in at Bendigo Pottery, Australia's oldest working pottery, where you can try making a pot on a wheel, take part in some clay play, view a demonstration and visit the museum and gallery.

Bendigo Pottery credit Visit Victoria
Bendigo Pottery image: Visit Victoria


Stop 4: Silo Art at Colbinabbin and Rochester

  • Choose to visit both silos on your way in to Echuca Moama, or select one to visit now and one on your way home to Ballarat. The Colbinabbin silos were painted in April 2020 by artist, Tim Bowtell, and tell the story of the railway and its significance in the Colbinabbin district. The Rochester GrainCorp silos were painted in 2018 by mural artist, Jimmy D’Vate and feature an Azure King Fisher and Squirrel Glider. See the Campaspe Art Trail map for other art experiences and attractions in and around Echuca Moama.
  • To visit both: Drive towards Colbinabbin (approx. 45 minutes from Bendigo) to view its silos, then journey towards Rochester (approx. 25 minutes from Colbinabbin).
  • Detour: Wine lovers may like to take a detour from Colbinabbin through the Heathcote Wine region

Stop 5: Echuca Moama
Approx. 20 minutes from Rochester

  • Grab some food, coffee and supplies in town before heading to your accommodation for the night. Visit the Visitor Information Centre at 2 Heygarth Street or view our itineraries and trails to help you explore the towns, parks, forests, and other attractions of the region.

Port of Echuca credit Visit Victoria
Port of Echuca image: Visit Victoria


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