April 13, 2016


Special V/Line train services will run to the Clunes Booktown Festival later this month, to make it easier for people in Ballarat to get to the popular annual event.

This year will be the 10 year anniversary of the Booktown Festival, and is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard said V/Line will run six extra trains during the festival between Ballarat and Maryborough via Clunes.

“V/Line is running extra services on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May, so people can get on board the Booktown train and enjoy a good book on the journey home,” Mr Howard said.

“As many regular train travellers know, not only do our regional trains take people on a scenic journey through our historic goldfields region but train travel also provides a great opportunity to get some reading done.

“With more than 20,000 reading and writing enthusiasts expected to visit the festival this year, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to get there to enjoy this fantastic event and the best that our region has to offer.”

Clunes Booktown Festival Artistic Director, Ailsa Brackley du Bois said the trains would also include performers to get people into the festival spirit.

“Clunes Booktown Festival has partnered with Federation University to offer pop-up Shakespeare performances on the special trains heading to the festival from Ballarat,” Ms Brackley du Bois said.

“A traditional town crier, with a bell in hand, will welcome visitors travelling to Booktown on public transport.

“We are thrilled that V/Line is supporting the community once again by offering these special services, which have been very popular with our festival-goers.”

V/Line will run six additional Clunes services on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May between Ballarat and Maryborough via Clunes.

A minibus shuttle will operate from Clunes Railway Station to take visitors to and from the festival.

For more information on services or to book a ticket, visit vline.com.au, call 1800 800 007 or visit their nearest staffed station or V/Line ticket agent. 

More information about the festival is available at clunesbooktown.com.au