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Puffing Billy Railway

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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
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+61 3 9757 0700
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good old Puffing Billy is generally a great experience. However the shine has faded now that you're not allowed to sit on the window edge with your feet hanging out. This was one of the big attractions, but has been stopped due to ONE minor...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Shazznoname
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I joined the Grayline Puffing Billy and winery one day tour Driver Paul is funny and professional. The morning tea at outdoor with the birds and parrots were interesting. Make sure you sit facing the station when you board the train for better scenery The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank friday0206
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you have any kids below 7, and visiting Melbourne, it is a good idea to bring the kids here. The train ride is boring for adults but for kids this is their first ever experience with steam engine train. They only see it in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fstst2
Reviewed 5 days ago

Being from out of state, Puffing Billy was on our to-do list and we were very happy with our steam train ride experience. We travelled from Lake Emerald to Gembrook and return. Once at Gembrook, passengers are given approx 1.5 hours to explore the town...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Melissa E
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Melissa, Thank you for visiting Puffing Billy. It sounds like you had an enjoyable experience travelling Lakeside to Gembrook. Thanks for your recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, the Puffing Billy Railway team.

Reviewed 6 days ago

We booked the Steam & Cuisine 3-course lunch and were absolutely delighted. With beautiful white tablecloths, tables of two were set on the first class carriage. It was easy to imagine yesteryear with ladies in long dresses and hats and gentlemen in their tails and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KateyAuckland
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us on the Steam & Cuisine Luncheon experience. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your trip through the Dandenong Ranges and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, the team at Puffing Billy Railway.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a mate visit from the UK and stay a few days. We travelled into the city on many occasions, but we also travelled to the countryside. On one of those trips we decided to go to see the Puffing Billy Railway in Belgrave. Having...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IanC1494
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Ian, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. It's lovely to hear that you had an enjoyable experience aboard the authentic Puffing Billy Railway. We take pride in our volunteers’ dedication to providing exceptional service to our visitors. Regards, the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was everything we expected. Absolutely beautiful trip and well worth the price. Our only disappointment was being jostled and pushed around by rude Asian tourists.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Victa001
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting Puffing Billy. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your trip to Puffing Billy, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the railway again soon. Kind regards, the team at Puffing Billy Railway.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Puffing Billy train was very interesting and we really enjoyed the ride. The staff are super friendly and helpful and I love that they cheerily wave you off calling "goodbye, have a good ride". They are also happy to have photos taken and answer...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank MeeMawB
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting and sending us your review. It's always nice to hear the recommendations of our visitors. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon to the railway. Kind regards, the Puffing Billy Railway team.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We managed to get on the first train from Belgrave at 10:30 am, heading towards Emerald Lakeside and return in the afternoon at 2:30 pm. The carriages were filled with tourists, and 120 tourists from the Ocean cruise at Port Melbourne. Beautiful cool day to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tigerliew88
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. It's lovely to hear that you had an enjoyable experience aboard the authentic Puffing Billy Railway. We take pride in our volunteers’ dedication to providing exceptional service to our visitors. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went from Belgrave to Lakeside and back on the "Natter Platter" package. Was excellent value and a really nice afternoon. Some great views and well worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andy P
Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Andy, Thanks for joining us on the Steam & Cuisine Luncheon train. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your experience travelling First-Class through the Dandenong Ranges. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, the team at Puffing Billy Railway.

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bumich
18 November 2018|
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Response from Puffing Billy R | Property representative |
Hi Colette, Thank you for your message. We recommend travelling Lakeside to Gembrook. Lakeside Station has ample parking available, with a small council ticket fee. In Gembrook, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants... More
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348rachelk
4 November 2018|
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Response from Puffing Billy R | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your message 348rachelk. The temporary suspension is currently still in place, until we conduct a full safety investigation, we cannot confirm when the ban will be lifted. Whilst you are temporally... More
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Wan Syamimee M
1 October 2018|
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Response from Puffing Billy R | Property representative |
Hi Wan Syamimee M, Thank you for your message. It is very easy to travel to Puffing Billy by electric train, please catch a train on the Belgrave line from the CBD and travel to Belgrave. From here, follow the blue line... More
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