Transport Attractions

Puffing Billy Belgrave

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Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy Railway
1 Old Monbulk Road
Belgrave
VIC
3160
Tel: 03 9757 0700

Directions

Belgrave Station is only 40km east from Melbourne, on Old Monbulk Road. There isn't parking at the attraction, but there are a number of options like the Metro Car Park and Safeway Car Park.

If you are using your GPS, put in 2 Bayview Road in Belgrave.

Where are we going today?

Choo Choo! Surely you have heard of the infamous Puffing Billy - that historic train where plumes of steam rise up into the forest above? Grab the family and head on down!

This century-old (that's 100 years!) steam train still runs on it's original track, which travels through the mountains from Belgrave to Gembrook. Your scenery will only be the incredible views of the Dandenong Ranges! This is also only about 40km east of Melbourne, so it doesn't take long to get out of the city and into the incredible nature that is waiting for you in the Australian country!

Puffing Billy was originally built to allow settlers in the Dandenongs to have easy access to Melbourne's markets so they could sell their produce. Then, at the turn of the century, all those families were looking for their own family day out (it's not a new thing!) and so it became a tourist attraction. It's a genuine relic of how families used to spend their days.

Most of the Puffing Billy journeys commence from Belgrave, which is the headquarters of the railway.

There is a refreshment room for snacks, drinks and souvenirs, then climb aboard to start your journey!

You will pass the locomotive running shed, before heading deep into Sherbrooke Forest which has incredible examples of "Mountain Ash" trees - the tallest flowing plants in the world! Pretty impressive!

Get your camera out for the famous Trestle Bridge, which spans 15 spans and is now classified by the National Trust of Victoria.  You will travel through Selby, and check out the remains of a landslide. A ton of scenic views will take you through the rest of the journey, and great historic points of interest which you can learn about as you pass alongside them. 

If you want something extra special, check out the lunch or dinner/dance tours!

Choo Choo! Are you ready for the Puffing Billy and become part of the rich Australian history!? 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $21.50
  • ChildrenFrom $10.50 (ages 4 to 16)
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

See site for timetabling.

All year round.

I'm Hungry!

There are refreshment rooms at Belgrave, Menzies Creek, Lakeside and Gembrook stations which stock a wide range of snacks, confectionery, drinks, ice creams and Puffing Billy Souvenirs! Choo Choo Choo-riffic! .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure that you are ready to board the train 30 minutes prior to departure time. This will give you extra time to make it easier to find seats all together for your family. .

Need a little extra help?

Friendly staff can provide special attention to Seniors or passengers with reduced mobility. It's recommended to give them a call to talk about any help you may need prior to arriving. .

Baby Facilities

Due to the narrow carriage doors on our heritage carriages, only folding or narrow type prams that can be placed under seats can be accommodated on Puffing Billy..

What people are saying?

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    Gave 3 stars only because my toddler had enjoyed it. It was an exhausting experience, mainly due to confusion, loss of time, and unnecessarily charges by the staff members that had characterised this day!! Firstly, the signs leading to the car park are 2 separate signs, in 2 opposite directions...so leave yourself plenty of time to find your way from the carpark into the station. Then, at the counter, I asked for a ticket to Menzies Creek. The staff member had quoted me a price that was $16 more than what was listed on the web for this particular...Read More

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    I have been a few times now I have two children 5 and 1. The staff at the ticket booths were slow, grumpy and used the wrong account on my credit card after I repeatedly instructed him. No apology or offer to correct his mistake.

    You can not buy tickets online... Instead you have to line up ... In keeping with the historical train perhaps.

    Boarding the train is another mess. They have no seating and people with manners or children can find themselves on a carriage with no cover and / or no seats. The tickets are over sold and staff seem more...Read More

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    It was a childhood memory which first triggered my interest in a trip to the Dandenong Rangers while in Melbourne. We decided to make a day of it and book a lunch on Puffing Billy and a leisurely train journey along the picturesque line running from Belgrave to the beautiful Emerald Lake. We passed through magnificent tree fern forests framing expansive views over the Yarra Valley.
    As we sampled the Christmas in July menu. The three course meal was nice, similar to basic pub style fare, a little pricy, but due to the logistics and our friendly...Read More

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    I am a Disability Support Worker and my client used to love visiting the Puffing Billy, so I often took him there. On 3/4/13, my client and I were on the 11:10 train at Belgrave at 10:40 in the middle enclosed carriage, waiting for departure.

    At 11:05, the conductor opened the carriage door and then aggressively and rudely said, "I'm gonna have to get you to move your stuff and put your bag overhead because I need to fit more people on."

    Now understand that we'd been there before everyone else, and we had done nothing wrong whatsoever, yet she...Read More

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    Volunteers do such a great job. Wanting only for my kids to have a great time.
    Been going every trip to Melbourne since a kid myself.

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by Lena F

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Gave 3 stars only because my toddler had enjoyed it. It was an exhausting experience, mainly due to confusion, loss of time, and unnecessarily charges by the staff members that had characterised this day!! Firstly, the signs leading to the car park are 2 separate signs, in 2 opposite directions...so leave yourself plenty of time to find your way from the carpark into the station. Then, at the counter, I asked for a ticket to Menzies Creek. The staff member had quoted me a price that was $16 more than what was listed on the web for this particular ticket. When I expressed my confusion at this, she confirmed that no, it is in fact the right price for this ticket. Being with an active toddler, I didn't glance at the actual ticket until an hour later. When I did, I saw that she sold me a more expensive ticket to a much further destination than what I had requested :/. Thinking initially that our final stop is the Menzies Creek, we got off, had a lovely time walking around and decided it was time to leave :). Nice and early, as we planned. I approached the 'milkbar' staff to confirm the time of the return train.....the timetable on the web and on the main station stated "11:38am", so I was quite stunned when their reply was: "1pm". Huh?? They instructed to confirm with the conductor, who did indeed confirm the 1pm arrival, and that we can actually go much further. Well, with 1.5hrs to spare, and having already paid the extra $16 for this ticket, I thought we might as well keep going. Boring, unnecessary, repetitive and quite tiring, so if you're travelling with young kids- consider going just to Menzies Creek and back!!! My 3yo, as much as he adores trains, was really tired by the end of this unplanned additional leg of the journey. The distance between the main stops felt like hours, and then you're back to the main station, following their stupid sign to "The Puffing Billy carpark", when you recall that there's 2 of them, and sure enough the sign is leading you to the carpark where u didn't park your car ;). Back you go... In short, my child had a fun time, but I really wish the staff had stuck to what the info online and on their main station stipulated in terms of both the fees and the timetable. What's the point of planning your trip when it's all over the place when you arrive?!?!

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by Steven Main

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I have been a few times now I have two children 5 and 1. The staff at the ticket booths were slow, grumpy and used the wrong account on my credit card after I repeatedly instructed him. No apology or offer to correct his mistake.

You can not buy tickets online... Instead you have to line up ... In keeping with the historical train perhaps.

Boarding the train is another mess. They have no seating and people with manners or children can find themselves on a carriage with no cover and / or no seats. The tickets are over sold and staff seem more concerned with packing people on than the enjoyment of passengers.

Families with children were forced to stand for the entire journey on our carriage after paying $100??

A good experience undermined by overpricing and service and staff that disappoint.

Exception being John the station master who was polite and helpful.

by chris maybank

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It was a childhood memory which first triggered my interest in a trip to the Dandenong Rangers while in Melbourne. We decided to make a day of it and book a lunch on Puffing Billy and a leisurely train journey along the picturesque line running from Belgrave to the beautiful Emerald Lake. We passed through magnificent tree fern forests framing expansive views over the Yarra Valley.
As we sampled the Christmas in July menu. The three course meal was nice, similar to basic pub style fare, a little pricy, but due to the logistics and our friendly and chatty waiter Matt, cost was overlooked.
If you've not booked a lunch, pack a picnic basket, but leave time for the short walk around the Emerald Lake, before climbing aboard for the return trip back to Belgrave. We had a happy day, blessed with sunny weather forJuly.
Happy to recommend!

by Daniel M

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I am a Disability Support Worker and my client used to love visiting the Puffing Billy, so I often took him there. On 3/4/13, my client and I were on the 11:10 train at Belgrave at 10:40 in the middle enclosed carriage, waiting for departure.

At 11:05, the conductor opened the carriage door and then aggressively and rudely said, "I'm gonna have to get you to move your stuff and put your bag overhead because I need to fit more people on."

Now understand that we'd been there before everyone else, and we had done nothing wrong whatsoever, yet she ordered in an aggressive, disparaging manner.

While I was repacking my client's snack box into his bag, she came back in and ordered us aggressively and rudely again, stating, "I need you to move because I need to get two more people in."

Turning to my client, she forcibly yelled at him, "Move up."

Because my client is clearly disabled, he needs coactive assistance, so he didn't move up immediately when she said.

She repeated her order aggressively, to him, "Could you please move up?"

She then asked me curtly and sarcastically, clearly with racial prejudice, "Does he understand English??"

This racist, insensitive, bigoted comment was offensive, demeaning, devaluing and humiliating in front of the rest of the passengers. My client, who is non-verbal and vulnerable, was unable to reply to her disgraceful humiliating taunts.

My client understands English very well. She should have had the sensitivity to understand that many travellers are disabled, just like many of their volunteers are. How dare she humiliate him in front of the rest of the passengers? Don't disabled people have enough self-perception problems to deal with?

I replied, "He's disabled."

She continued trying to move him along the seat, but of course he wouldn't move. Visibly hurt by what she said, I softly spoke to him – as a fellow human being – and prompted him to do so.

The absence of respect and dignity in her manner was breathtaking. In fact, I have never witnessed such conduct toward my visibly disabled client. This incident ruined the trip for me but more so for my client who is a train buff. This costly event is always anticipated with delight by my client. At one point during the trip, he wept.

I lodged a complaint to PB's management, which was met with reassurances of an investigation. After a length period, I finally received a response, whereby management dismissed the complaint, and instead made underhanded, insulting statements regarding my client and his disability.

What's notable is that the staff person breached PB's own policies, yet when I pointed this out, they didn't even acknowledge my email.

My client and I have not visited since.

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 64° F / 18° C
Humidity: 60 %
Wind: SSW - 14 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 76° F / 24° C
Humidity: 49 %
Wind: SSE - 9 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 62° F / 17° C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: WSW - 18 MPH

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