Puffing Billy Railway Tours

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Chugging its way through the rugged bushlands, fern gullies, and ancient woodlands of the Dandenong Ranges, the Puffing Billy Railway is one of Australia’s most scenic train journeys. The spectacular views of the Yarra Valley are just part of the experience—the historic steam engines, Victorian-style interiors, and open-air carriages that allow for dangling legs make it a fun and memorable activity for the whole family. 

The Basics
It’s possible to ride the Puffing Billy steam train in either direction, but most passengers start at Belgrave Station. From there, it’s 15 miles (25 kilometers) or 1 hour and 50 minutes one-way to Gembrook Station, with passage over the Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge and stops at Menzies Creek, Emerald, Lakeside, and Cockatoo. Tours from Melbourne often combine a ride on the historic railway with other regional highlights such as the Healesville Sanctuary, wine tasting at Yarra Valley wineries, a Melbourne city tour, or a visit to Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tickets sell out, especially during the summer holidays, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
  • All stations have parking, restrooms, and a cafe or snack bar.
  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a small day bag and opt for a fold-up stroller.
  • Steam locomotives are sometimes replaced with diesel locomotives during Total Fire Ban (when dry weather increases the risk of forest fires).
  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations, but spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.

How to Get There
The Puffing Billy Railway runs from Belgrave to Gembrook through the foothills of the Blue Dandenong Ranges in the Yarra Valley. The starting point of the railway is at Belgrave Station, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Melbourne. Trains run to Belgrave from Flinders Street Station in the city—just follow the blue line from Belgrave Station that leads to Puffing Billy Station, a short walk away. If you’re driving, it's around an hour's drive from downtown Melbourne.

When to Get There
The Puffing Billy Railway runs around four times daily, with both morning and afternoon departures from Belgrave. Trains run year-round, but they get crowded in summer, so it’s best to book ahead.   

Special Events Aboard the Puffing Billy
For something more, book tickets for the special Steam & Cuisine journeys and dine aboard the century-old steam train, or enjoy a themed Jazz or Murder Mystery train ride by night. Those with kids in tow can treat the little ones to a Day out with Thomas, when Puffing Billy is transformed into Thomas the Tank Engine, or ride on the Santa Special Christmas trains. 
Location
Address: Puffing Billy Station, 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave 3160, Australia
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Hours: Open daily, except Christmas Day
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Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour

All aboard for a thrilling half-day mountain adventure on the historic Puffing Billy steam train! Ride the authentic heritage railway through beautiful rainforest valleys and fern gullies as you cross the Blue Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Menzies. Stop for a typical Aussie morning tea of Bush Billy Tea and lamingtons, then pay a visit to the crafts village of Sassafras. Or why not make a day of it and upgrade to include a Melbourne City Tour or an evening tour to see the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island?
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Explore the delightful Dandenong Ranges with this family-friendly day trip from Melbourne. Chug through an emerald forest aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train, and enjoy a traditional Aussie ‘billy’ tea and bird feeding among the fresh mountain scenery. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and koalas.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne

Embark on a full-day adventure through the forests, mountains, and vineyards of Victoria. Enjoy tea and birdwatching in the Dandenong Ranges, and cruise through a verdant landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at wineries cellar-door tastings. Plus, upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne

Experience Australian wildlife and rainforest up-close and personal with a full day trip to Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train from Melbourne. Explore Healesville’s bushland setting with an experienced guide, and meet animals that range from koalas to kangaroos, dingos to monitor lizards. Watch birds of prey and parrots perform in a remarkable show, and learn about local conservation efforts. Soak up the wild atmosphere of a mountain rainforest while riding a century-old steam train along scenic tracks before returning to Melbourne.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass

The Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass allows you to visit top attractions throughout Australia at a great savings. Choose from five, seven or ten tickets to be loaded onto a smartcard, which you then use for easy entry to the best attractions in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and destinations throughout Tasmania. You have an entire three months to use your tickets from the date of card activation. Use your tickets all in one city, or spread them over as many cities as you like, and save up to 40% on regular admission prices.
  • Duration: 90 days
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Puffing Billy Train Day Trip Including Healesville Sanctuary from Melbourne

Ride the historic Puffing Billy train, sample Aussie specialties in the Yarra Valley and visit the Healesville Sanctuary on this action-packed full-day tour from Melbourne. Soak up the dramatic scenery as you chug through the Dandenong Ranges, then tuck into a delicious spit-roast lunch at the Fergusson's Winery and sample sweet treats at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Finally, spot native Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas and emus, and enjoy an exclusive 'Meet and Feed' experience at the Healesville Sanctuary.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Puffing Billy Train and Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Melbourne

Enjoy a quintessentially Australian experience with a ride on the historic Puffing Billy steam train, followed by wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. Wind your way through the dramatic scenery of the Dandenong Ranges, tuck into a hearty spit-roast lunch at the Fergusson's Winery and indulge your sweet tooth at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Then, spend the afternoon enjoying tours and tastings at the Rochford and Dominique Portet wineries. This full-day tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Melbourne.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne Attraction Pass

Get acquainted with Melbourne's top attractions with this super saver combo. Take a full-day road trip on Australia's famous Great Ocean Road, then spend a full day exploring Healesville Sanctuary, Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy. With your Melbourne Attractions Pass, get entrance to two of four Melbourne's premier attractions - Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel OR  Eureka Skydeck 88 and the Melbourne Aquarium. Take your day tours within a 7-day period; the attractions pass is to be used at your leisure. 
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Puffing Billy (Dandenong Ranges & Brighton Bathing Boxes ) Experience

This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun amidst some of the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. The journey will take you through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with views of the Dandenongs in the distance.Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train for memorable journey on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway. Enjoy lush ferns and dense forests of the neaby Dandenong Ranges.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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