How to get to The Artisan Hills
The Artisan Hills is accessible by road, bus and train. Located at the end of the M80 Ring Road (formerly the 'Western Ring Road'), it is an easy 25 kms north-east of the city and 25 kms from the airport. From the CBD, take the Tullamarine Fwy tollway to the M80. The Artisan Hills start at its Greensborough tip.
Alternatively, you can take the Eastern Freeway to Burke Road, then follow Rosanna Road to the Greensborough Hwy. From the airport simply head straight down the M80.
Travel on tollways requires a City Link e-tag or day pass.
Find all public transport options for The Artisan Hills, in the Shire of Nillumbik.
Public transport users require a myki card, a reusable and durable smartcard you can top up either online (allow up to 24 hours to process) or instantly at train station myki machines and selected retailers.
Failure to ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’ every trip risks a fine. Each travelling person needs a card. To find out about concession myki cards (for concession card holders, seniors and children), contact Public Transport Victoria or find your nearest stockist.
myki visitor value packs give tourists enough credit for a day’s travel, plus discounts to selected Melbourne and regional attractions.
Use the journey planner to find the train, tram or bus service you need or contact Public Transport Victoria. Visitors with mobility issues should consider using our Saturday Community Bus (see below).
Cycling, walking and horse riding trails
The Artisan Hills is full of beautiful trails to explore on bike, horse or foot. Replenish yourself with a wander through bushland reserves and scenic vistas. See our full list of recreational trails
Taxi services in the northern areas
Crown Cabs services many of the townships beyond Hurstbridge including Arthurs Creek, Panton Hill, St Andrews, Kinglake and Strathewen.
See their website for information or call 03 9310 5422.
Saturday Community Bus
The Saturday Community Bus covers the outer north on Saturdays. It was started by a group of local residents frustrated by public transport ending at Hurstbridge and is driven by a team of volunteers.
The bus travels from Hurstbridge Railway Station to Panton Hill, Smiths Gully, St Andrews, Cottles Bridge and back to Hurstbridge. It is a great way to visit the St Andrews Market, or venues such as the Panton Hill Hotel, without having to worry about parking or driving.
Locals and visitors to The Artisan Hills are welcome aboard the bus, which seats 10 passengers. Pre-bookings are not available.
The bus is sponsored by the St Andrews Market and supported by Nillumbik Shire Council. Passengers are asked to contribute a gold coin to help cover running costs.
A concrete bus stop pad has been installed at the lower market entrance. Signage will follow shortly; meanwhile look out for the fluoro bollards and bunting.
To find out more:
The Saturday bus will not run on days of Total Fire Ban. Updates are posted on the Saturday Community Bus Facebook page.
Passengers with specific access requirements, including wheelchair users, are asked to call 03 9433 3723 by the Wednesday before intended travel.