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Puffing Billy Railway
Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy Railway

Open daily, except Christmas Day
Puffing Billy Station, 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, 3160

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.

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Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
star-4.5
$144.01 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Platypus delight
Alan our tour guide was wonderful. Healesville sanctuary was a great stop-we loved the platypus and bird talk. The train is a fun experience, but it is a little disorganized because there are too many workers organizing people.
Jennifer_B, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

star-5
Healesville Sanctuary & Steam Train
P2699SHstephanier, Aug 2019
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
Graham was our tour guide and he was great! Sanctuary was super cool, we got to feed the birds. Cant feed the wallabies or kangaroos unless you pay extra though. Food at the sanctuary was surprisingly good. Steam train was good. Wish the ride on the train was longer and went through more wilderness areas. It mostly drove through backyards. Also, we never went over any of the bridges. A bridge was pictured on the attraction photos, it was a bit of a let down. over all, good trip.
star-4
A Good Day Trip!
StanY92, Jun 2019
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
The 3 hours spent at the Sanctuary gave us ample time to view and be up-close with the Australian wildlife, especially the platypus, echidna, Tasmanian Devil, wallabies, etc. The steam locomotive ride, though a short trip, was a wonderful experience! Special mention goes to Mat, our driver, who was both fun-loving and entertaining! He make the one-day trip a memorable one for us.
star-4
Nice tour
judinat2015, May 2019
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road, Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins
Chris from Bunyip Tour whom is the driver & tour guide for GOR. He is knowledgeable, friendly & helpful. Great view of the scenery though is a very long journey
star-5
Lovely trip
Janet N, Apr 2019
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
Matt was great. He made sure we had a super day out and saw lots of beautiful sights. Both parts of the trip were great and well worth the money
star-4
What fun the day was, definitely...
Lynda H, Dec 2017
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
What fun the day was, definitely recommend this tour
star-5
Enjoyable trip for the whole family...
Su Ying F, Jun 2016
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
Enjoyable trip for the whole family. Guide Steve was very friendly and engaging. Thumbs up!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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