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!?