- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Ride the Puffing Billy Railway, Australia
The Puffing Billy railway is a historic steam train that starts at Belgrave and runs through the mountainous region of the Dandenong Ranges.
This historic steam train takes its passengers through the renowned mountainous landscape of Mount Dandenong, with picturesque surroundings and stunning scenery.
Puffing Billy Railway Train Prices, Tickets & Timetable Melbourne
Puffing Billy is operational as a tourist train and puffs across the original railway track that spans 25kms from Belgrave to Gembrook. The train ride is a beautiful scenic tour that has visitors marvelling at the beautiful Dandenong Ranges as the train rumbles by.
Puffing Billy is certainly a family friendly activity where you can take your kids in one of the open window carriages. Kids will love the fact that they can dangle their legs outside of the carriage as the scenery passes by. On selected weekends throughout the year, Thomas the Tank Engine trips are also run to entertain the kids. Pre-booking is a must, as tickets sell out fast.
Along the way, make sure you hop off at Puffing Billy Railway Steam Museum which gives an insightful look into how Puffing Billy was built, operated and has been restored up to the present day. The museum houses a wide array of relics that will captivate visitors who have an interest in railway history.
The distinct collection of locomotives, some more than a century old, are a significant addition to the museum. The Rolling Stock is also an attraction at the museum as are the various types of steam equipment.
For a great day out, pack a picnic and hop off at Lakeside (Emerald Lake). This is the perfect location for those travelling with children as there are picnic tables, parklands, playground facilities, a wading pool (open in the summer months), paddle boats for hire and a cafe where you can purchase lunch. Families often stop at Lakeside for a relaxing day in the outdoors and then catch Puffing Billy back to Belgrave Station (the headquarters of Puffing Billy).
Toilets are located at each of the stops, but there are no restroom facilities on the train itself. The full return trip from Belgrave to Gembrook takes approximately 2 hours each way. For those travelling from Belgrave to Lakeside, the train trip takes approximately 1 hour each way.
Check out the Puffing Billy train timetable for a current schedule of trains, as there are numerous trains travelling in each direction throughout the day. It is wise to book early during peak times, as Puffing Billy is the most popular activity for families visiting the Dandenong Ranges.
Ticket prices vary based on whether you purchase a one way or return ticket, and depending on how far along the line you intend to travel. Children and concessions are cheaper, and family tickets are also available for purchase. Children under 4 years of age not occupying a seat are free.
So if you are planning a visit to the Dandenong Ranges, add Puffing Billy to the top of your list. It is a fun day out that you will never forget! Buy your tickets online and save on admission prices!