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Ballarat for the AFL

12 July 2017

Travelling to Melbourne to support your team & don’t want to pay Melbourne prices?  Why not stop in Ballarat instead and visit Victoria’s best goldfields town as well?

Trains depart hourly from Wendouree and Ballarat station, the first train of the day departs at 6am and the last train departs Melbourne Southern Cross Station just before midnight.  The train takes approximately 90 minutes and costs less than $30 per adult return.   Wendouree Station has 200 car parks and you can leave your car there all day for a small fee. 

V Line trains will drop you at Southern Cross Station which is located right beside Etihad Stadium or you can transfer onto a suburban train and journey to the MCG.  The MCG is only a couple of stops from Southern Cross or less than 10 minutes and you hop off at Jolimont Station.  Catch either the South Morang line or Hurstbridge line from Southern Cross OR you can catch the 48 tram from Collins St if you prefer to see the sights.  The local transfer is included in the cost of your Myki trip from Ballarat so you don’t need to get a different ticket. 

Take all the stress out of trying to drive in Melbourne with it’s weird hook turns, dinging trams, kamikaze pedestrians and the hassle of trying to find a car park (because most Melbourne hotels do not provide car parking and this can cost up to $50 per night in a public facility!)  Stay in Ballarat and enjoy a peaceful trip into the city by train.

Stay at the Bell Tower Inn; we are located on the Ring Road as you head into Ballarat from the west.  We have a variety of room types designed to meet your needs.  Our Queen Rooms come with 1 queen bed, ideal for singles or couples and our King Spa suites are popular with couples enjoying a  romantic getaway.  For families or groups travelling together, we have three options: Twin Rooms with 1 queen bed and a single bed for 3 guests, Family Rooms with 1 queen and 2 single beds suitable for 4 guests or Family Divided Rooms with 1 queen and 1 single bed in the main room and 2 single beds in a separate room suitable for 5 guests.  The Family Divided Rooms are accessed by 1 key, the kids have their own room within your hotel room and can be monitored by yourselves, but have their own quiet space to retreat to when sleep beckons. 

Car parking is available on-site and it is complimentary.  We also have a indoor heated swimming pool for you to enjoy and the Glasshouse restaurant serves a full hot breakfast each day. 

Add a second night to your stay and enjoy a round of golf at the Ballarat Golf Club.  We have a special package available on our website which includes 2 rounds of golf at the club ranked within the Top 100 of Golf Courses in Australia.  Tick two things off your bucket list – a round of golf and a trip to the G. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Bell Tower Inn, Ballarat soon.

Your Hosts

Andrew & Deb Cronin.