Puffing Billy – Heritage Train Ride Experience

Step back in time as you take a ride on Australia’s most famous, century-old steam train that still runs at 24km/h on its original mountain track. The goal of this re-enactment is to bring back the historic scenes of old railways. It is an awesome experience that shows you the great vegetation that exists in the area.

This heritage railway has narrow gauge tracks which stop at 11 stations with five stopping stations. The stations are Belgrave, Selby, Menzies Creek, Clematis, Emerald, Nobelius, Lakeside(Emerald Lake), Wright, Cockatoo, Fielder and finally Gembrook. Most photographed, iconic monument on the puffing bully is the Historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge.

When it was opened in 1900, it was only used by the farming and timber community. It is one of the only steam trains from the 1900’s to be still running with its iconic smoke and the interior that is unique to the steam train.

The journey takes you through the glorious Dandenong Ranges. Dangle your legs out of the carriage and wave to all those people you pass by. Soak up the fresh air from the lush rainforests lined with beautiful ferns. The train winds round the mountains from Belgrave, the foothills of the ranges all the way up to Gembrook which spans 25km or around 2hrs each way.

Emerald Lake is a great place to enjoy, unwind and have a picnic; return journey to Belgrave takes only an hour. There are picnic tables, parklands, Emerald lake café and tearoom (good for hot and cold food), shops, bakeries, fishing opportunities in the lake, playground facilities, BBQ facilities and it has peddled boats for hire.

Peddle boating at the Emerald lake is a great entertainment for kids and adults. The capacity of the boat is three with one or two children per session.

Emerald Lake Model Railway is a must-see for any age.  The largest working HO scale model (1:87) in the Southern Hemisphere that has a viewing area larger than an average house. The model railway is also an interactive display; it has buttons to press, trains to watch and fascinating miniatures living in towns, city and country. This little world consists of more than 2,000 metres of track and includes 250 houses and buildings, 450 cars and trucks, 1,100 trees and 1,500 miniature people. It is open seven days a week 11 am– 4 pm. Open on weekends and school holidays only during the winter months and Closed on Christmas Day. Phone no. (03)5968 3455

The historic town of Gembrook which has an Avenue of honour commemorating the local soldiers who fought in WW2. The township has a variety of dining options as well as local market.

Along the way to Menzies Creek, check out the famous puffing Billy Railway Steam Museum which gives an insight into how the railway was built and operated. The museum also is home to a collection of locomotives and relics like steam equipment and artefacts from the period.

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Heritage Train ride experience

Transport from Melbourne CBD

Puffing Billy is located at Belgrave, Victoria, Southeast of Melbourne approximately 50km or 1hr away from Melbourne. There is a train that runs every 30min from Flinders Street station to Belgrave station on Belgrave line takes approx. 70min.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

Visit Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner to plan your trip.

Car Park 

Free car park available at the Puffing Billy railway station carpark, Belgrave Metro train carpark, Belgrave CFA(Country Fire Authority), Woolworths Belgrave Car Park and the Mater Christi College(during school holidays). Check for any restrictions if parking along the main street shops. At different stations, Free parking is available within station grounds except in Lakeside station.



1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160


Phone no.

(03) 9757 0700




Opening times

The Puffing Train is open every day of the year, except for Christmas day. Make sure to order your tickets online. Otherwise, there could be a wait up to an hour before your train’s departure. Due to the popularity of this activity, make sure to book ahead during the peak.

Children under four without occupying seat travel free on Puffing Billy except on special events. Other ticket prices are for Belgrave to Emerald or Lakeside for a discounted family tickets and concession tickets are available.



Age group:

This attraction is suitable for all ages. More suited for families.



There are many different types of Puffing Billy experiences including daily lunch on-board in the First Class dining carriages. Other special events at Puffing Billy include Day Out with Thomas and Santa Special events, Dinner & Dance Trains and Murder Mystery Dinners. On top of all of these, the train also offers driver experience days.

Visit Duration

A trip should take more than 5 hours to soak in the beauty of the surrounding environment.

Food and Drink

There is a luncheon train where exquisite food is served throughout the train ride. There is lunch and dinner at the first class which serves a three-course meal.

Services & Retail 

Belgrave is where the administration, the onset of the Puffing Billy railway, the ticketing office, the refreshments and the souvenir shops are located. There are no toilets in the train but on the stations.

Near by sites:

There are many things to do near Puffing Billy. Located 500m from Puffing Billy Railway is Glen Harrow Tree top Adventure which  is an excellent outdoor activity for all ages.

Dandenong ranges are 12km away from where you will find William Rickett Sanctuary, Sassafras, Skyhigh Observatory, popular 1000 step in Kokoda memorial walk and Rhododendron gardens.


Things to note and safety tip

  • Standing and walking on the track isn’t permitted. Smoking is not permitted on the train or the roofed areas.
  • Alcohol is not permitted except in dining trains.
  •  This might be a little expensive for a ride on the train, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that highlights the beauty of Victoria.
  • Narrow and foldable prams are allowed in the carriages.

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