Victoria - Melbourne West - regional arts and culture with V/Line

Yes, you can access some great regional galleries without a car

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Bendigo Art Gallery

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Art Gallery of Ballarat
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Victoria has a rich and diverse range of artistic and cultural attractions throughout the state. Regional Victoria offers a unique collection of artworks and artefacts providing an insight into the history of regional Victoria.

The galleries and museums of Victoria are sure to keep even the most avid art and history enthusiast satisfied.

As part of a day trip or a weekend away, V/Line offers convenient and affordable transport to escape the city buzz and see some of the great artworks exhibited in places such as Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine and Warrnambool.

V/Line offers a chance to relax and enjoy the scenery of the Victorian countryside and arrive refreshed and ready to view the amazing collections and exhibitions on show in regional areas.

Train travel is also a popular way for families to take the kids on a great day out – where the journey is just as much fun as the destination. V/Line’s Family Traveller tickets (two adults and up to four children) are excellent value.

Here are a few of the great regional cultural attractions on offer…

 

Day Trips

GEELONG

Established in 1896, Geelong Gallery has accumulated a large collection of Australian and European paintings and decorative arts. Focusing mainly on early images of the Geelong area, the collection includes English porcelain, British art pottery, colonial Australian silver, as well as contemporary Australian paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics.

Geelong Gallery has an exciting year of exhibitions ahead, including a showcase of pieces from the permanent collection which were selected as ‘visitor favorites’ in a poll conducted in 1914. This exhibition kicks off Geelong Gallery’s 2010 exhibitions and will be running until 26 April.

The gallery is only a short walk from Geelong Station and is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 1pm to 5pm. Entry is free.

53 Little Malop St
Geelong VIC 3220
Ph: (03) 5229 3645

Getting there with V/Line

The trip to Geelong takes approximately one hour from Melbourne. Getting there is easy with V/Line, with a return economy full fare ticket from Melbourne to Geelong only $12.80 during offpeak times including weekends (concession return ticket $6.40 on weekdays, $9.20 on weekends). If you are taking the family, purchase a V/Line Family Traveller for $25.60 (two adults and up to four kids valid during off-peak times including weekends). V/Line Geelong tickets include FREE access to Geelong’s town buses.

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BENDIGO

The Bendigo Art Gallery is one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional art galleries, comprising a collection that ranges from the 1850s to present day pieces. The gallery also has a special collection of art from the Bendigo goldfields as well as 19th century European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts.

The gallery’s renovation program has introduced a gallery café and gift shop, as well as a contemporary wing. The gift shop stocks works by local artists and a range of homewares, jewellery and cosmetics. The café provides the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy a coffee overlooking Rosalind Park.

Bendigo Art Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry is by donation.

42 View St
Bendigo VIC 3550
Ph: (03) 5443 4991

 

Since the height of the goldfields in the 1850s, Chinese culture and heritage has had a significant influence in Bendigo’s history. Opened in 1991, the gallery has collected artefacts that are historically significant to the Chinese community, with particular attention paid to items relevant to the goldfields of Victoria.

One of the permanent collection’s highlights are the Loong and Sun Loong, these are the world’s oldest and longest imperial dragons. These are exhibited along with their accompanying processional regalia.

The surroundings of the museum are just as spectacular with the Classical Chinese Garden located alongside the museum. This garden was designed to resemble the gardens in Beijing’s famed Imperial Palace.

Adult entry tickets are $8, concession and student tickets are $6, tickets for children under 15 years are $4 and children under five years enter free.

5-9 Bridge St
Bendigo VIC 3550
Ph: (03) 5441 5044

 

Getting there with V/Line

Getting to Bendigo takes just under two hours. Take the family and get a V/Line Family Traveller return ticket from Melbourne to Bendigo station for $63.20 during off-peak times including weekends (valid for two adults and up to 4 children). An adult full fare ticket is $31.60 return to Melbourne during off-peak times including weekends. An off-peak concession ticket is only $15.80 return from Melbourne ($22.40 on weekends).

A local bus service departs regularly from Bendigo station to the Golden Dragon Museum, which is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. A family ticket is $20 (this includes two adults and up to four children).

The Bendigo Art Gallery is a 20 minute walk from the station or a short bus ride, with buses leaving frequently from Bendigo Station. V/Line Bendigo tickets include FREE access to Bendigo’s town buses.

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BALLARAT

The Art Gallery of Ballarat has an extensive collection and a busy exhibitions schedule, making it an exciting place to view new and dynamic pieces from contemporary artists, as well as themed shows drawing from the gallery’s existing collection.

Visitors can take a walk through Australian history with a magnificent collection of Australian paintings, ceramics and works on paper. The gallery is also the home to the original flag from 1854 Eureka Stockade. The flag is displayed in its own gallery with other goldfields related artwork.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is situated in the heart of Ballarat’s arts and heritage precinct, located on the same street as the train station, which is only a few minutes walk away. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops around the gallery to keep you entertained.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is open daily from 10am to 5pm and free guided tours begin at 2pm Wednesday through to Sunday. Entry is free.

40 Lydiard St North
Ballarat VIC 3350
Ph: (03) 5320 5858

 

Opening in 2005, The Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre has added a new dimension to Ballarat’s creative arts scene. Kirrit Barreet – meaning the place of creation - is owned and operated by the local Aboriginal people.

The centre was established to preserve Koori culture through education and art. It houses an art gallery, museum, retail shop and gardens. There are six exhibitions per year and an artist in residence.

Along with the main exhibitions featuring arts and crafts from local and Victorian artists, the Centre displays information about Aboriginal Australia and the Koori and Wathaurong tribe. Visitors can view interactive shows about Aboriginal culture and displays of traditional artefacts.

The centre is open 9am to 5pm weekdays. Entry is free.

407 Main Road
Ballarat VIC 3350
Phone: (03) 5332 2755

 

Getting there with V/Line

The journey to Ballarat is about one hour and 20 minutes from Melbourne and the Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre is a short bus ride from Ballarat Station. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is a five minute walk from the station. An adult full fare ticket is only $20.80 return from Melbourne during off-peak times. An off-peak concession ticket is $10.40 return on weekdays and $14.80 on weekends. Take advantage of the V/Line Family Traveller, an off-peak return ticket from Melbourne is only $41.60 (valid for two adults and up to four children). V/Line Ballarat tickets include FREE access to Ballarat’s town buses.

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CASTLEMAINE

The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum was founded in 1913 and is renowned for its collection of Australian art and its unique assemble of historical artefacts relating to the Mount Alexander goldfields district.

Visitors can view major works from the late 1800s, including traditional landscape paintings and works by Louis Buvelot, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, E. Phillips Fox, Rupert Bunny, Max Meldrum, Margaret Preston, R. W. Sturgess, S.M.A. Bale and John Longstaff.

The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Entry is $8 for adults, $3 for Seniors and Concessions, $2 for full-time students, $2 for children under 16 years and children under 6 years are admitted free. A family pass is $8.

14 Lyttleton St
Castlemaine VIC 3450
Ph: (03) 5472 2292

Getting there with V/Line

A V/Line Family Traveller ticket is great value at $46.40 return to Melbourne during off-peak times including weekends (valid for two adults and up to four children). An off-peak adult full fare ticket is $23.20 return and an off-peak concession ticket is $11.60 return on weekdays ($16.40 on weekends). It takes approximately one and a half hours to travel to Castlemaine from Melbourne and the gallery is a 15 minute walk from the station.

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Overnight/Weekend Trips

WARRNAMBOOL

Established in 1886 the Warrnambool Art Gallery offers a large collection, ranging from turn of the century European paintings to avante garde modernism of the 1940s. Visitors can view artists such as Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman and Joy Hester as well as images of the shipwreck coast region and its heritage.

The gallery is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays. Entry is free.

165 Timor St,
Warrnambool 3280
Ph: (03) 5559 4949

Getting there with V/Line

Warrnambool is approximately three hours and 20 minutes from Melbourne by train. Take advantage of the V/Line Family Traveller ticket for just $104.00 return from Melbourne (valid for two adults and up to four children). An adult full fare ticket is $52.00 return from Melbourne. Concession tickets are only $26.00 return from Melbourne on weekdays, and $37.00 return on weekends. Warrnambool Art Gallery is a 10 minute walk from Warrnambool Station and is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Entry is free.

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SHEPPARTON

Established in 1936, The Shepparton Art Gallery was started by well-known Victorian artist Sir John Longstaff along with Robert D. Elliot. The first work purchased by the gallery was ‘A Wet Day at Tallarook’ by John Rowell. Since then, Shepparton Art Gallery has accumulated a great collection of works and in 2001 the gallery moved into its new home at the Civic Centre.

The gallery has three temporary exhibition spaces, which allows for a fantastic program of exhibitions from the local community or artists from the greater Shepparton area as well as national and international touring exhibitions.

A highlight of the gallery’s program is the biennale Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award and the National Indigenous Ceramic Art Award.

The Gallery is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry is free.

Eastbank Centre,
70 Welsford Street,
Shepparton VIC 3630

Getting there with V/Line

A full-fare adult return ticket is $35.20 and a concession ticket is only $17.60 return ($25.20 on weekends) from Melbourne. Take the family and get great value with the V/Line Family Traveller ticket at only $70.40 return to Melbourne (valid for two adults and up to 4 children). The journey from Melbourne to Shepparton takes approximately two and a half hours from Melbourne by train. The Shepparton Art Gallery is a short bus ride or a 20 minute walk from the station.

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