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Rail Paddle & Plate

Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
+61 418 352 153
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Paddle and plate

The best non steam hauled trip on broad gauge. Caught train at Werribee heading to Ballarat via... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
maj0rmitch
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Wyndham Vale, Australia
Warrnambool trip

DERMPAV ran a number of short trips out from Warrnambool station to the Westvic Sidings in... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2018
Lindsay B
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Experience quality dining and the charm of travel from a bygone era with Victoria’s spectacular Rail, Paddle and Plate tour! The excitement begins onboard a vintage train that will take you on a scenic rail journey Ballarat. Enjoy a delicious meal the paddle ferry Begonia Princess as you cruise on picturesque Lake Wendouree.
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  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
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+61 418 352 153
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The best non steam hauled trip on broad gauge. Caught train at Werribee heading to Ballarat via Geelong for a meal on the lake and return. Thoroughly spoilt by the crew all trip. A memorable day well worth the trip. Trip was made in Feb...More

Thank maj0rmitch
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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Many thanks for your kind review, we worked extremely hard to create a marvelous experience for our passengers. Unfortunately this has now closed due to the rail gauge standardisation project that will prevent us operating between Geelong and Ballarat. Many thanks for your kind comments...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

DERMPAV ran a number of short trips out from Warrnambool station to the Westvic Sidings in conjunction with a visit to the local model railway exhibition. These proved very popular with locals and most trips were near capacity. The crew were friendly and all were...More

Thank Lindsay B
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

I booked this trip after seeing an advert on Facebook. Hubby likes trains, so I booked for our 29th wedding anniversary. We boarded at Newport and from the moment we boarded to the moment we disembarked, the staff were brilliant, tea, coffee and snacks provided...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is such a great day out. If you board the rail car at Newport then it is a 9 Hour return journey, so be prepared for that but you will have just the best time ever. The DERMPAV volunteers have this tour sorted and...More

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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Hi Ron H Many thanks for your kind words and the tine you have taken to review our event, these are appreciated. We find these are a great guide to other potential customers that might wish to come along to enjoy a great night out....More

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Spot on all day. Well organised and run and particular thanks to all the staff involved - Ken, Colin, Frank and the lovely ladies who kept us supplied with drinks and eats. On time at Newport station and given a tray of sandwiches and pastries...More

Thank Rob C
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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Hi Rob C Many thanks for your recommendation and review our event, I will pass on your thanks to our staff involved that make this a successful tour. These reviews offer a great guide to other potential customers that might wish to come along to...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic experience all round. From the beginning all the staff on board the train were friendly and helpful serving drinks and finger food. Bus trip from the station to the lake was comfortable with a friendly driver. All the staff involved with the paddle...More

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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Hi paulbH2276EZ Many thanks for your review of our event, it is very much appreciated as these provide an excellent overview of our product to potential customers. The ferry only holds 36 passengers, and when we have a full tour it can feel cramped a...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We both thoroughly enjoyed our day with derprav. We were welcomed onboard from Newport at 2.20pm and embarked upon a great journey to Ballarat via Geelong. We had sandwichs and soft drinks on the way up. The staff were excellent and made everyone happy. On...More

Thank Jennifer L
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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Hi Jennifer L, Many thanks for taking the time to provide your review. We are glad your party enjoyed themselves on the Rail Paddle and Plate Dining Experience. We will have a chat to the caterers on the boat as the food generally receives much...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Yesterday I enjoyed a rail tour to Lake Wendouree, at Ballarat, and it was full of surprises, splendid service and delightful food. This trip started off travelling in a 1930 Diesel Electric Rail Motor at Newport, better know as a Derm. A volunteer group, DERMPAV,...More

Thank Darren R
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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Hi Darren R, Many thanks for you very comprehensive and glowing review of our Rail Paddle and Plate Dining Experience. We are glad that your experience was positive; in your review you have highlighted all the various aspects that have been put together to make...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

What a great day out this was, from go to whoa with friendly staff who love a laugh, so much food you can barely move afterwards, and the bonus of travelling in a 1930 Diesel Electric Rail motor - a real cutie. This is followed...More

1  Thank Joanna S
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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Hi Joanna S, We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed our Rail Paddle and Plate Dining Experience, we also thank your positive and encouraging words of review these are much appreciated. I will pass on your praise to our volunteer staff that man the rail...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is so relaxing to be able to both enjoy .The staff where so friendly and happy to have us on board . They looked after on the trip up and the trip back !! You must do this , we had a cuppa tea...More

Thank Sharon W
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Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Hi Sharon W, We are glad that the Rail Paddle and Plate Dining Experience provide an enjoyable outing as an early Christmas present to you both. We have tried to make it the best experience that we can given it is manned by volunteer labour....More

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David C
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Response from Colin K | Property representative |
Hi David C Please see my answer to your other question on the same matter. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.
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David C
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Rail Paddle and Plate is aimed for an adult evening out, with friends couples etc. While children would be welcome they would be charged at the same price as an adult and would not be able to be served the alcohol that is... More
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