How to travel from Ballarat to Mackay, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Mackay is around 2,348km (1,459 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the train and then fly which takes around 6hrs.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballarat to Mackay by train, plane, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Train and Plane

Take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Mackay (MKY).

  • Duration6hrs
  • Flight time3h 40m
  • Typical cost
    A$235($160)
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Train

Take the train to Southern Cross, Central Station then Brisbane and then to Mackay.

  • Duration1 day 15h
  • Departs5 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$370($250)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Bus

Take the bus to Southern Cross Coach Terminal, Sydney then Brisbane and then to Mackay.

  • Duration2 days
  • Departs6 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$480($320)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Mackay.

  • Duration1 day 3h
  • Distance2,387km (1,483 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Mackay

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Mackay by train, plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then fly which costs around A$235 ($160) and will take around 6hrs.

The distance between Ballarat and Mackay is around 2,348km (1,459 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,896km (1,178 miles)

It takes around 6hrs to get from Ballarat and Mackay by train and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 3h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Mackay is to take the train and then fly which takes around 6hrs and will set you back approx A$235 ($160).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Mackay, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then fly which will typically cost around A$235 ($160) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Ballarat and Mackay. It typically takes around 1 day 15h and departs 5 times a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Ballarat to Mackay. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Southern Cross, Central Station and Brisbane. These services run 5 times a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 15h.

V-Line, XPT, NSW TrainLink and Queensland Rail Travel run train services between Ballarat and Mackay. Trains depart 5 times a week and will take around 1 day 15h, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballarat and Mackay. It typically takes around 2 days and departs 6 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Mackay. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Southern Cross Coach Terminal, Sydney and Brisbane. These services run 6 times a week and will take a minimum of 2 days.

V-Line, Firefly Express, Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Ballarat and Mackay. Buses run 6 times a week and take around 2 days on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Ballarat to Mackay. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Mackay (MKY). instead which will take 6hrs.

The closest major airport to Mackay is Mackay Airport (MKY) (MKY) which is approximately 4km (2 miles) from Mackay. Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) (HTI) and Cairns Airport (CNS) (CNS) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Ballarat and Mackay. The distance is around 2,387km (1,483 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 3h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Mackay is to take the train and then fly which takes, on average, 6hrs and will usually cost around A$235 ($160).

How do I get from Ballarat to Mackay

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Mackay

Transport options from Ballarat to Mackay
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train and Plane
6hrs
A$235($160)
twice daily2,348km (1,459 miles)
Train + 1 similar
1 day 15h
A$370($250)
5 times a week2,982km (1,853 miles)
Train via Southern Cross1 day 15h
A$370($250)
5 times a week2,982km (1,853 miles)
Bus
2 days
A$480($320)
6 times a week3,266km (2,029 miles)
Drive
1 day 3h
A$315($215)
on demand2,387km (1,483 miles)

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Airports near Mackay

The following major airports near Mackay offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

MKY
Mackay Airport (MKY)
Domestic Airport
Distance
4km (2 miles) from Mackay
HTI
Hamilton Island Airport (HTI)
Domestic Airport
Distance
91km (57 miles) from Mackay
CNS
Cairns Airport (CNS)
International Airport
Distance
596km (370 miles) from Mackay