Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway, Puffing Billy, situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges and only one hour from Melbourne CBD.
With lush fern gullies brushing past the open side carriages and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy Railway makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.
Puffing Billy Railway Train Prices, Ticket Booking, Map & Timetable, VIC
Puffing Billy is indeed a family-friendly activity where you can take your kids in one of the open window carriages. Jump on board the open side carriages for a serene ride over the hills, across the iconic timber trestle bridges, down the valley and into the forest on the original mountain track between Belgrave and Lakeside.
Pre-purchase a picnic pack to enjoy as you ride over the hills, down the valley and into the lush forest on the original mountain track or hold onto your afternoon snacks and set lunch up by Emerald Lake Park. We have a range of delicious picnic and lunch packs available for adults, children, couples and families. These are available for pre-order with your train tickets and can be collected at Belgrave and Lakeside station.
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, the Emerald Lake Model Railway 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).
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a great day out with family and friends or a new location for the next morning and afternoon tea social, Puffing Billy Railway is the perfect place to head to. Passengers can enjoy a 30-minute journey from Belgrave, passing over the historic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge and through the forests of the Dandenong Ranges, before arriving at Menzies Creek to visit the museum and enjoy their morning tea, including scones, jam and cream with a hot beverage. A themed children’s play area and the Little Toot Café provide space to sit down, relax and await the 30-minute train journey back to Belgrave.
Toilets are located at each of the stops, but there are no restroom facilities on the train itself. For those travelling from Belgrave to Lakeside, the train trip takes about 1 hour each way.
Check out the Puffing Billy train timetable for a current schedule of trains, as numerous trains are 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 four years of age not occupying a seat are free (but must be booked prior to travel).
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!