Puffing Billy Railway, Victoria’s Favourite Steam Train
All aboard…!!!. The perfect family day trip from Melbourne is on the Puffing Billy Railway, Victoria’s favourite steam train which runs through the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges. If you are looking for fun activities for kids in Melbourne or around, you won’t be disappointed with Puffing Billy!
Puffing Billy Railway, From Belgrave to Emerald Lake or Gembrook
About around an hour east of Melbourne, you can board the Puffing Billy steam train. Starting at the iconic Belgrave station heading to Emerald Lake, over the bridge, passing Menzies Creek, and into the forests of the Dandenong Ranges. If you want to go further than the lake, you can continue your trip onto Gembrook.
Start early as this is a full day trip and you want to make the most of it. Pack lunch and have a picnic with a view. Take a walk around the lake or let the kids run around while you relax. During the Summer time you can head out on the water boats, or even swim in the pool by the lake.
Hang your feet outside the train windows!
Puffing Billy is most famous for letting its’s passengers sit on the edge and hang your feet out of the windows. This is the full Puffing Billy Railway experience and is an amazing feeling, especially on a nice sunny day where you can feel the breeze and smell the fresh air of the Dandenong Ranges.
Bookings for Puffing Billy Railway can be made online and it is recommended that you book in advance to avoid disappointment as only limited tickets are available on the day.
You can see the Puffing Billy Timetable on their website here.
You can start at Belgrave Station or Lakeside
Return Journey Adult
Belgrave to Emerald or Lakeside $57 / Lakeside to Gembrook $57 / Belgrave to Gembrook $75
Child (4-16 years)
Belgrave to Emerald or Lakeside $29.50 / Lakeside to Gembrook $29.50 / Belgrave to Gembrook $38
Belgrave to Emerald or Lakeside $114 / Lakeside to Gembrook $114 / Belgrave to Gembrook $150
Children under 4 years, not occupying a seat, are carried FREE on excursion trains only.
Due to the narrow carriage doors only folding or narrow type prams that can be placed under seats can be accommodated on Puffing Billy.
This information is correct when published, however please check the Puffing Billy WEBSITE for for information and updates.
Day trip from Melbourne or weekend in the Dandenong Ranges
Puffing Billy can be an easy family day trip from Melbourne, but why not take a weekend away into the Dandenong Ranges and visit the surroundings while you are there such as Healesville Sanctuary, the Alfred Nicolas Gardens, or Marysville.
All aboard on Puffing Billy, a fun activity in Melbourne for kids and the perfect day out for the whole family.