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. The living legend that is Puffing Billy was built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants. Today, the railway is a century old not-for-profit steam railway that connects and enriches people with the past, the environment and each other.
Take in the magic of steam train travel from the moment you arrive, with the sight of the historic locomotives being prepared for departure and the evocative sound of the train’s whistle. 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.
Along the verdant railway corridor, discover some of Melbourne’s most authentic and unique function spaces. From contemporary comfort to rustic charm, Puffing Billy Railway has just the ticket for a memorable function. All our venues and experiences are catered inhouse, with packages showcasing local produce and wine.
Add a stylish twist of steam to your next event, with options to charter a train, hire exclusive carriages for your group, or enjoy First Class wine and dine experiences in beautifully restored heritage dining carriages. Plus, there are diverse experiences off the rails – from paddle boating to bike hire – to reconnect and inspire your group.
Lakeside Visitor Centre – opening late 2021
Discover Puffing Billy Railway’s new state-of-the-art facility set in the scenic surrounds of Emerald Lake Park. Designed by renowned architects Terroir, Lakeside Visitor Centre’s light-filled event spaces echo the railway’s heritage without compromising on comfort or amenities.
The function space is soundproofed, features the latest AV technology, and includes an operable wall to divide the room. Enjoy panoramic views of the platform and historic artifact displays or deploy floor-to-ceiling blinds during your event for added privacy. The adjacent Great Hall and alfresco areas are perfect for pre-event cocktails or breakout sessions for large groups.
The Lakeside Visitor Centre is an all-weather facility, accommodating up to 300 guests seated or 540 in cocktail style across its versatile event spaces. The entire centre can be booked for exclusive use in the evenings, providing the freedom to customise your event.
Nobelius Packing Shed
One of Puffing Billy Railway’s finest hidden gems, the historic Nobelius Packing Shed is located within the grounds of Emerald Lake Park, once home to the largest nursery in the southern hemisphere. This beautifully restored early twentieth century building provides the ideal intimate and rustic venue, with an open fireplace to keep you warm and cosy in winter.
Menzies Creek Museum
Let your guests be truly immersed in some of Australia’s rarest and most unique railway artifacts as they dine and dance the night away at the Menzies Creek Museum. The museum is an hour’s drive from the CBD – or board Puffing Billy at Belgrave for an iconic 30-minute rail journey passing over the historic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge and through the forests of the Dandenong Ranges.
|Multi Purpose Function Room||175||100||200||200|
|Train Hire Dine-in Car||-||80||-||-|
|Menzies Creek Museum||1120||100||-||300|
|Nobelius Packing Shed||205||80||100||120|
* Venue capacities may be adjusted in line with COVID-19 restrictions
Direct Enquiries ToHolly Cochrane