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Public transport from Melb to Araps
armyiain
8/08/2006
1:09:05 PM
Gday All

Whats the best way to get from Melb to Araps via public transport? How much, how long etc? I tried to follow some links from a previous thread but they were all dead.

DaCrux
8/08/2006
2:20:19 PM
that's why they invented google ;)
http://www.vline.com.au/index.aspx?sid=0
stuart
8/08/2006
2:22:49 PM
> I tried to follow some links from a previous thread but they were all dead.

Threads as abandoned as the abandoned hope of all ye who try getting to Araps via public transport.

It can be done, but is a woeful train/bus combo that takes lots of time and features irregular and inconvenient departures and arrivals, as is the case with most non-car country/non-city travel in Oz. I've not done this actual trip (though many like it), but have had it explained by friends who've been damned enough to have to do it.

Sadly, hiring a car would be the better option in a case like this, or else cadging a lift from someone you might meet at a gym mid-week. Most climbers I know are happy to give people rides if they've got room.

Hope (the non-whinging part of) this helps.

master of drung
8/08/2006
2:25:48 PM
v-line train & bus to horsham all one ticket then you can supposedly catch a school bus once a day from horsham to arapiles maybe through the tourist place in town but that road has some of the easiest hitchhiking I have ever done, as long as you look a bit like a climber what ever that means.
i think there is a bus direct from melb to horsham that may be a fraction cheaper but it involved officially buying a ticket to adelaide and unofficially getting off at horsham (firefly is probably the name of the company)
jonorock
8/08/2006
3:09:52 PM
You can catch Greyhound Bus from Canberra to Horsham and I think from Sydney also. But they will not let you catch it from Melbourne. Leaves Canberra 9pm arrive Melbourne around 7 then leave for Horsham around 7.30 and arrive mid afternoon.
armyiain
8/08/2006
9:58:25 PM
Thanks for all the help. The Canb - Horsham bus ride sounds like absolute hell, but is probably the cheapest and easiest.

adski
9/08/2006
12:22:25 AM
Here's a nice roadtrip idea:

Sleep on the overnight XPT train from central 6pm to melberg 6am, a couple of hours watching the city wake up, then a train to Ballarat for elevensies, then a coach with running commentary through gold country to Horsham. Pick up supplies and catch the 2pm bus that goes past Mt Arapiles. Niiiice.

I've done it a couple of times and it's actually quite a relaxing trip, if you have the right outlook. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

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