For almost a century, Puffing Billy steam railway has chugged over a 13 km (8-mile) track from Belgrave to Emerald and Lakeside. Passengers ride on open carriages—often dangling their legs from the “windows”—and enjoy lovely views as the train passes through forests and fern gullies and over a National Trust–classified wooden trestle bridge. Trips take around an hour each way, and there’s time to walk around the lake before the return journey. Special “Steam and Cuisine” fares are available daily. You can choose from a cheese platter and dessert for A$70 adults or A$63 children, or a three-course lunch (and perhaps a glass of wine) in a “first class” enclosed carriage with white tablecloths for A$92 adults, A$82 children (excluding drinks). On Friday and Saturday nights you can take the train to dinner at a historic packing shed for A$93. Trains do not run on days of total fire ban.
Puffing Billy Railway
Belgrave Station, Belgrave
Our Rating Transportation Train from Flinders St Phone 03/9757 0700 Prices Round-trip fares A$26–A$59 adults, A$13–A$30 children 4–16, A$89–A$119 families of 6 (depending on how far you travel) Web site Puffing Billy Railway Other Closed Christmas Day. station in Melbourne to Belgrave; Puffing Billy station is a short walk away