Puffing Billy Railway

Updated 23 March 2020 - After careful consideration of advice from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, Puffing Billy Railway have made the decision to temporarily close until further notice.


Step back in time at Australia’s favourite steam train: Puffing Billy, located in the Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world and operates every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of over 600 volunteers.

Puffing Billy Railway is a major tourist attraction and incites visitors to come and experience a century-old tradition. Ride in the open sides carriages as the historic steam trains continue to run on their original 24km mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook, in the natural surrounds of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.


Start at Belgrave
Belgrave Station is the headquarters of the Railway and only a short walk from the Belgrave Township and Metro train station.

After boarding, Puffing Billy chugs away and you and your family can take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest, a superb temperate rainforest with native ‘Mountain Ash’ trees. Within minutes, you will cross Puffing Billy’s most famous landmark – the iconic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge.


Start at Lakeside (Emerald Lake Park)
Escape the crowds and enjoy a family outing aboard Puffing Billy from Lakeside (Emerald Lake Park) to Gembrook. Emerald Lake Park is the perfect spot to enjoy for families before or after their journey and offers BBQ facilities and picnic tables, playground facilities, a wading pool and paddle boats for hire.

Once your journey is underway, Puffing Billy skirts the unspoilt Wright State Forest and as the train climbs towards Gembrook, there are spectacular views of rolling farmlands and distant mountain ranges.

Tours are offered by all major day tour operators.


Looking for an alternative?

Travel first-class in the comfort of their luxury, fully enclosed dining carriages, on the daily ‘Steam & Cuisine’ Luncheon experience. Indulge in a delicious seasonal three-course menu or Grazing Platter filled with a selection of cured meats, fine cheeses and Devonshire Tea.

Other special events taking place at Puffing Billy include:

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express – An intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy’s evening dining train special.

High Tea Express – Partnering with local Montrose business, Mary Eats Cake, Puffing Billy offers an exquisite high tea experience onboard the luxury carriages.

Puffing Billy Running Festival – In a test of endurance, fitness and good old fashion family fun, Puffing Billy Railway is thrilled to introduce the Puffing Billy Running Festival; the newest running event on the circuit. Returning in 2021, new and exciting races can be enjoyed by everyone, including courses designed for parents and their little ones! Be the first to hear the latest news about the race here.

A Day out with Thomas – See ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ in full steam at Puffing Billy’s GEMBROOK Station every Autumn and Spring. Sign up to be the first to know when Thomas tickets go on sale.

Bookings are essential for all special events. To stay up-to-date on all Puffing Billy news, join the mailing list.


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