Step into a timeless world of wonder with Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy, located in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges and only one-hour east of Melbourne.
Built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants, the Railway is now a major tourist attraction that invites visitors to come and experience a century-old tradition every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 600 volunteers.
Take in the magic of steam train travel from the moment you arrive, with the sight of the historic locomotives being prepared for departure, the smell of steam billowing out of the vessel’s chimney and the evocative sound of the train’s whistle.
Before long, 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 Gembrook.
Menzies Creek Museum
Puffing Billy Railway will bring even more rail history to life with the doors to its highly anticipated Menzies Creek Museum now open.
The new historic Museum covers a space of 1160 square metres and houses over 80 exhibits, including rare operational steam and diesel locomotives, carriages and a rail tractor. Adding to the atmosphere, the Museum also features an operational boiler house that services steam engines, fluid pumps and 500 brake horsepower generators.
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.
Offering a unique outdoor experience full of adventure, enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own exclusive carriage with family or friends.
Whether it’s reconnecting with loved ones on a multigenerational trip, catching up with friends, a surprise marriage proposal, birthday party or engagement celebrations, our exclusive carriage hire offers you and up to fourteen guests the opportunity to sit back and relax in our generously spaced open-side carriages.
Lakeside Visitor Centre
Opening early 2021, Puffing Billy Railway will be delighted to welcome visitors to its new state-of-the-art $20 million Visitor Centre at Lakeside Station in Emerald Lake Park.
The Lakeside Visitor Centre is an all-weather facility intended to provide unique cultural interpretations of the relationship between the Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy and their corresponding history, while also providing a café, corporate function spaces, locally sourced retail, food and beverage options.
If memories are the best souvenirs, then exploring regional Victoria on board one of the largest narrow-gauge and heritage steam railways in the world will ensure plenty of memorable moments to bring home.
Puffing Billy is located in the Dandenong Ranges, only 40 kilometres or one hour east of Melbourne. The railway line runs through Belgrave, Emerald and Gembrook.