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Puffing Billy Railway

1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne
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PUFFING BILLY OPERATES DAILY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY. Puffing Billy is Australia’s favorite steam train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges 40kms east of Melbourne. Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s. Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers.
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1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Puffing Billy is a lovely, relaxing outing. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. I suggest sitting on the right side of the train to get the best view.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It’s been more than 30 years since I last rode Puffing Billy so I recently took my daughter, her husband (Chilean-born so a first-time rider) and their 5 and 3 year olds, and we all had a fabulous day. The staff are all volunteers and...More

Thank Melinda B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Puffing Billy steam rail ride is an extremely enjoyable one especially when you go with kids. The train starts at Belgrave and goes through a picturesque route puffing all the way. Its lovely to see the engine go in the curves through the green route....More

Thank Shuba G
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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Shuba, Thank you for sending us your kind review. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable experience onboard our lovable steam train. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway again soon. Kind regards, The team at Puffing Billy Railway.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great day out. The train experience was wonderful. I really enjoyed my day out. Although my teenagers gas a good time, younger kids would really love it. Our trip to Lakeside was quite enough taking an hour. We spent another hour there and then...More

Thank Emmosh1
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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for sharing your highlights and recommendations of your day out at Puffing Billy. It's so lovely to hear you and your family enjoyed your trip to Lakeside. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway again soon. Kind regards, The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the ride to Lakeside. Witnessed wonderful views along the way. Looking at how the train moves along the track is a treasured sight as it’s not available in SG. Train ride is pretty chilly in the winter season. Breakout at Lakeside station for...More

Thank Hotell-SG
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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for visiting Puffing Billy. It sounds like you had a lovely day out spending time at Lakeside Station with your family, along with travelling on board our historic steam train. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway again...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its expensive to start with. Scenery not fantastic. Basically its just a normal round trip ride. Nothing special

Thank Cheeryz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Puffing Billy is a wonderful ride for kids and adults alike. Enjoy the well maintained machinery that’s kept running by volunteers and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way!

Thank Alice Q
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a ride up to the lake and down again. Was really amazing trip. Scenery was great. Traveling with an old choo choo train was mega cool. 100$ for a family for a return ticket is ok for a day out. Went to the cafeteria...More

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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your review. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable day out at Puffing Billy! Thanks for the great tip to our visitors, it can get quite cold in the winter time - nothing a warm jacket and scarf can't fix!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a whole day on the trip, excellent experience behind the steam engine. Nostalgia at its best. Allowed enough time to wander around, have lunch and go to the garage museum in the quaint town at the top of the hill. Belgrave requires a heap...More

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best to get to station early ,also go alone rather than a coach group,we only got to go on the first part of the line,instead of the whole line, so disappointed in that, but ride and the train really lovely, we got rushed back on...More

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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Dorothy, We're very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Puffing Billy during your group tour. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway again soon. Kind regards, The team at Puffing Billy Railway.

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Response from CharlieMac70 | Reviewed this property |
yes it is but you know what, or kids still had a lot of fun and you can stick your head right out and look where you are going shi or was ok. Those fun police spoil everything. don't let it make you not go. can't see it... More
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SamTuddy
12 February 2018|
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Response from Puffing Billy R | Property representative |
Hi Sam, Thanks for asking a great question - and thanks to everyone who has offered their opinion. We agree with the responses. The whole railway corridor is beautiful, but to experience best of both worlds, we recommend... More
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Hi Sam teddy I think my reply went as a review,
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