Where does Puffing Billy go?
There are four main routes to choose from on the Puffing Billy Railway.
Belgrave to Menzies Creek return
2-hour experience: 25-minute train ride each way & 1 hour at Menzies Creek
The Belgrave to Menzies Creek return journey departs from Belgrave station, which is the very start of the Puffing Billy Railway line. You will enjoy a stunning 25-minute train journey through Sherbrooke Forest, a gorgeous rainforest renowned for its native Mountain Ash trees, and over the iconic curved timber Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge.
Your one-hour stop is at Menzies Creek station, where you can grab a coffee and morning tea from the Little Toot Café and explore the free Menzies Creek Museum. The museum displays Puffing Billy Railway’s rich history, with over 80 exhibits including rare operational steam and diesel locomotives.
Lakeside to Gembrook return
3-hour experience: 45-minute train ride each way & 1 hour at Gembrook
The Lakeside to Gembrook return journey departs from the picturesque Lakeside station within Emerald Lake Park. Arrive early to enjoy the park, including Lake Treganowan and Lake Nobelius, fern gullies, open eucalypt forests, and many native and exotic plants. Or simply stop in at the Lakeside Visitor Centre for a small bite to eat at the Railway Café and a look at the Visitor Centre’s free museum in the Lakeside Hall.
From Lakeside, you’ll ride on Puffing Billy through Wright Forest, which is rich with tall, fragrant eucalypt trees. Puffing Billy will then cross three historic trestle bridges before chugging through rolling hills and farmland. The 45-minute train journey stops at Gembrook for one hour, a small and quaint town tucked in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Here, you can dine and shop along the main street, have a picnic in Gembrook Park with a pre-purchased Puffing Railway Billy Grazing Box, or visit the Motorist Museum by appointment to see vintage and classic cars.
Belgrave to Lakeside return
4-hour experience: 1-hour train ride each way & 2 hours at Emerald Lake Park
The Belgrave to Lakeside return journey departs from Belgrave Station and delivers a 1-hour train journey through Sherbrooke Forest and over the iconic curved timber Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge.
When you arrive at Lakeside station within Emerald Lake Park, there is plenty to do. If you have booked the Devonshire Tea package, home-baked lemonade scones served with Yarra Valley jam and cream plus a choice of Ranges coffee or loose-leaf tea will be waiting for you at the Railway Café.
While at Lakeside, explore the Lakeside Visitor Centre, including the historic steam artifact displays in Lakeside Hall and the photographic exhibition Animal Tales. Then meander through Emerald Lake Park, which boasts two lakes, several walking trails through gardens and bushland, and vintage Paddleboats that you can rent to ride on Lake Treganowan. Don’t miss the Emerald Lake Model Railway & Miniature World, one of the largest model railways in Australia.
Belgrave to Gembrook return
6-hour experience: 1 hour 50-minute train ride each way & 1 hour at Gembrook
The Belgrave to Gembrook return journey departs from Belgrave station. This tour features the longest train journey through Sherbrooke Forest and the Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge (1 hour and 50 minutes). You’ll then pass through Wright Forest.
Like the Lakeside to Gembrook journey, this train ride adventure stops at Gembrook where you can dine and shop along the main street, have a grazing box picnic in Gembrook Park, or visit the Motorist Museum by appointment.
After an hour exploring Gembrook, you’ll catch Puffing Billy back to Belgrave station.