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Puffing Billy Railway

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1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
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Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour
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Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour 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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is another excellent activity for everybody. At about 1 hour of Melbourne , this a very nice experience travel like in past. The journey last around 2 hours depending on where you have taken the train. It is better to book online in advance...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked the lunch platter option & well worth the extra money. Delightful fresh produce & the scones to finish were perfection. The dining car was just beautiful & the service outstanding as we travelled along on this iconic railway. The 3 hours flew by &...More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely day out with family, children and friends, especially when you get over the outrageous ticket prices. Totally run volunteers and all are friendly and welcome. Make sure you book as turning up may disappoint the visitors and you may have wait. We loved...More

Thank Joseph P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked in advance the luncheon package. Staff on board were friendly, food was average only. Train rides were pretty bumpy. We kinda dozed off the ride to Belgrave. Might be a good experience for kids but average for adults. Might have more options in Healsville...More

Thank ethanleexh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

40+ years ago I rode the Puffing Billy and hasd fond memories. Those memories are now my childrens also. We only had limited time and so did the Belgrave to Lakeside return. 1hr each way and an hour at Lakeside. 3hrs total on the 10.30am...More

Thank goyney69
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Puffing Billy is a fun and relaxing experience. Get there on time to make sure you find parking as there are not many places to park. The ride to and from the station to the middle station was great. There is just something relaxing about...More

Thank Wala69
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Puffing Billy Railway is part of the original Victorian Railway branch line that opened in 1900 to serve settlements and farms in the Dandenong Ranges. It carried mail, passengers, timber, potatoes, farm produce, fruit trees, and even beer for the pubs. It started carrying tourists...More

Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did Puffing Billy as part of a full day tour of the Yarra Valley. While your trip won't be a wash if you miss Puffing Billy, it is a unique, lovely way to travel through the Dandenong Range. You'll get a sense of what...More

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

Hi Melissa, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. It’s lovely to hear that you had an enjoyable experience onboard Puffing Billy as part of your Yarra Valley tour. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway again soon....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The coach there was over an hour late to pick up and so we missed the morning part of tour the train was ready on arrival so we loaded quickly only to have another group crammed on so crowded and unable to see or enjoy...More

Thank Michelle M
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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Michelle, Thank you for contacting Puffing Billy Railway. It is the sole responsibility of the tour leader to ensure their group arrive on time for the train. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to visitors at Emerald Lake Park, as Cardinia Council have identified...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't have chance to ride the train. Ticket were sold out for the day! Make sure you bought it early. Otherwise you'll be like us, go home sadly.

Thank Jenny O
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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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SamTuddy
12 February 2018|
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Response from Jennifer B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sam teddy I think my reply went as a review,
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cazoet
11 January 2018|
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Response from Puffing Billy R | Property representative |
Hi cazoet, We look forward to seeing you travel with us in March. It may be convenient for you to start your journey from Belgrave as there is a Metro train station only a short walk away. The only way to guarantee your... More
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