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The Goldlander to Ballarat-Dunolly and the Ballarat Beer Festival

Saturday 19 February 2022

Join 707 Operations on our first mainline heritage train for 2022 on board a heritage diesel hauled train travelling to Ballarat and Dunolly in conjunction with the annual Ballarat Beer Festival. Our train will travel from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station to Ballarat (for the Ballarat Beer Festival) or onwards to Dunolly on Saturday 19 February. Book your tickets here.

Ballarat is home to one of the biggest days of the Australian Beer Calendar - The annual Ballarat Beer Festival on Saturday 19 February 2022. The Festival showcases over 150 craft beers, ciders and rare brews from Australian and International brewers, with entry included with you fare - more festival details at Ballarat Beer Festival.

For those who don't wish visit the Ballarat Beer Festival and the craft beer scene or spend the day exploring Ballarat, stay on the train as we head further North for an afternoon trip to Dunolly where we will have a 2 hour stop to explore the historic town and enjoy a country lunch at one of the many local cafe's and pubs.

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Or spend the day in Ballarat exploring the cities gallaries, museums, cafes, and history, including the Ballarat Tramway Museum through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. With heritage trams running every 12 minutes you can see on display Australia's oldest operable tram dating from 1887, view the various restoration works that are currently taking place in the workshop prior to attending the Festival.

Our train feature open saloon and compartment style seating areas in carriages which date from the 1950's. Our cafe carriage and licenced lounge carraiges will be attached and available for all passengers throughout the journey serving a wide range of beer, wines and spirits along with hot and cold snack foods, confectionary, tea and coffee.

Our heritage train & excursion features:

- An all air-conditioned train of open saloon and compartment style seating

- Cafe Hudson carriage

- Liceneced lounge carriages

- Mainline heritage diesel locomotives

- Relaxed vintage travel atmosphere

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Private Compartment and Open Saloon Seats

Departing Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at 8.35 am and a stop at Sunshine (8.50 am( the train will arrive into Ballarat (with a shuttle transfer to the Festival) at 11.10 am. Or stay on the train as we head north the historic town of Dunolly for the afternoon. Departing Ballarat at 11.30 am, we will pick up passengers as Creswick (11.50 pm), Clunes (12.05 pm) and Maryborough (12.35 pm) before arriving into Dunolly at 1.10 pm allowing you just over 2 hours to explore this charming country town, ps don't forget to book your lunch options in Dunolly.

The return journey will depart from Dunolly 3.30 pm with stops at Maryborough, Clunes, Creswick and Ballarat at 5.05 pm. After a 5.40 pm departure from Ballarat we will arrive back to Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at 8.00 pm.

Book your tickets here.

Melbourne to Ballart and return fares (includes festival entry)

Adult Melbourne (Southern Cross) to Wendouree $100
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) $340
Child (4 to 16 yrs) $40
Child (under 4 yrs) Free
707 Operations Member $90
Compartment (seating up to 8 adults) $845 per compartment

Melbourne to Dunolly and return fares

Adult Melbourne (Southern Cross) to Dunolly $95
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) $225
Child (4 to 16 yrs) $35
Child (under 4 yrs) Free
707 Operations Member $80
Compartment (seating up to 8 adults) $570 per compartment

Ballarat/Creswick to Dunolly and return fares

Adult $35
Child (4 to 16 yrs) $15
Child (under 4 yrs) Free

Clunes/Maryborough to Dunolly and return fares

Adult $25
Child (4 to 16 yrs) $10
Child (under 4 yrs) Free

Or contact us directly at contact@707operations.com.au for generous group discounts of 20 or more passengers.

Train Travel Times - to be confirmed

The following train times are approximate and subject to change. Please visit our website two days prior to departure to check for any updates.

To Ballarat/Dunolly
From Dunolly/Ballarat
8.30 am Southern Cross Station
8.00 pm
8.50 am Sunshine 7.44 pm
11.10 - 11.30 am Ballarat 5.05 - 5.40 pm
11.50 am Creswick 4.30 pm
12.05 pm Clunes 4.15 pm
12.35 pm Maryborough 3.55 pm
1.10 pm Arrive Dunolly Station 3.30 pm

Passengers may join or leave the train at any of the stations listed.

COVIDSafe Travel

You'll also notice some subtle (but necessary) changes as you travel with us in 2021. We've adopted a COVID-Safe plan in line with Government requirements. You'll notice extra on-train cleaning, extra hand sanitising and capacity limits on all of our future journeys, as well as contact tracing documentation prior to boarding. Our volunteers will be on hand to make the check-in and travel process as streamlined as possible, but we do ask for your cooperation to follow all published guidelines when on board our trains.

The health and safety of our passengers and volunteer train staff are of utmost importance to us. For travel on any future day or overnight excursion all guests over the age of 16 must show their COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of entry to boarding any train service. The quickest and easiest way to show proof of vaccination is by adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app.

If you don't have a smartphone or are unable to use one, there are additional non-digital proof of vaccination status options available including an official copy of your Australian Immunisation Register vaccination certificate or a printed copy of your digital vaccination certificate from myGov.

Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/get-your-covid-19-digital-certificate to find out more.

Refund Policy

For passengers who are unable to show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to boarding the train, a refund of the fare paid will be made as per our terms and conditions of travel.

Medical Exemptions

If you have an exemption please provide it at the time of booking via email to contact@707operations.com.au and present it at the time of boarding. Please ensure your medical exemption is valid and signed by a medical practitioner.

We ask that any guests who are booked to travel with Seven-O-Seven Operations that experience cold or flu like symptoms in the week prior to our departure date please contact our office on 0420 806 820 for advice before travelling.

Book Tickets here.


Revised: 25 October 2022