Belgrave is home to Puffing Billy, a beautifully preserved steam train running daily except Christmas Day.
Starting from Belgrave Railway Station the journey winds 25km through the mountain district to Gembrook.
You may know the popular Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. And perhaps you're familiar with the fact that it runs on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges - thanks to the efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers. But when was the last time you went for a ride on it? Together with traditional train journeys the railway offers a range of Wine and Dine experiences. The Steam & Cuisine Luncheon Train offers a first class menu in heritage dining carriages whilst you travel through the fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges. Travel on the Dinner & Dance Train to the historic Nobelius Packing Shed whilst enjoying your entree, followed by a two course dining experience, musical entertainment and dancing at the shed. The railway also offers special themed dining experiences. Murder on the Puffing Billy Express offers an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense. Experience the glitter and glamour of our Bollywood Spectacular, enjoy traditional Indian cuisine and the performances of our Bollywood dances. Join us for a night of toe tapping on our Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway evenings. Experience Off the Rails Comedy train for a hilarious night of belly laughs with our talented Stand-up Comedians. Rock & Roll on Puffing Billy offers live entertainment and dancing to and the Rocka'Billy Country Train enjoy the fine wine, food and country and rockabilly music. Our Halloween train Spooky Special will transport ghosts, witches, vampires zombies into the depths of the Dandenong Ranges. Entertain the whole family with A Day out with Thomas at Emerald Station.
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On the 22.07.17 we went on the Puffing Billy Dinner/Dance Train to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday. The whole experience has been totally amazing from the booking right through to the final disembarking of the train. Nothing was too much trouble for Angie who was co-ordinating the evening, she was so friendly and certainly helped to make the evening a success for us. The food was really good, hot and plentiful. Our friends are still talking about the fantastic evening which is a credit to the Puffing Billy staff. Thanks again for making the night a memorable one. Michele
This steam train is a really good activity for families, school holidays and visitors to Melbourne. In the lovely Dandenong Ranges, the train route runs through lush bush and the authentic carriages take you back to another era. It's a very popular attraction and most enjoyable. No matter what your age, you'll find something to enjoy about "Puffing Billy". It runs all year round and only takes an hour or so to complete its journey. You can do it as part of a whole day visit to the Dandenongs - there's plenty of places to find to have morning tea, afternoon tea or lunch. It's fun!.
Adults will find it quite boring, in my opinion. I went once as a young adult, and then 10 years later as a parent (mainly for my child who adores trains). Children under the age of 4 are luckily admitted for free, so take advantage of that as the tickets are quite pricey!
The views are nice, but after 15-20mins you get the hang of it, so my advice is just go to the first main stop (Menzies Creek), esp if you are with young kids.
We ended up going till Lakeside, which felt like forever to get to and then back when you're with an active toddler.