What's included in the experience?
Dazzling light show
The Puffing Billy Train of Lights experience begins the moment you arrive at Lakeside Station, with the steam train already illuminated and lighting up the world-class Lakeside Visitor Centre. Grab a meal at the Centre's Railway Cafe prior to boarding if you're peckish!
Throughout your train ride, you will be totally immersed in the Train of Lights show, with colours, patterns and projections leaping from the train to illuminate and transform the landscape around you.
Genuine steam train journey
Steam train travel is truly a magical experience. You will see the historic locomotives being prepared for departure at Lakeside Station and be waved aboard by the engine driver, dressed in traditional blue overalls and cap, and their stately conductors. You will be able to feel the train shudder to life beneath you, smell the coal steam billowing out of the train's chimney, and hear every blast of the evocative whistle.
The Train of Lights will travel through Emerald Lake Park, Cockatoo and Gembrook. Thanks to Puffing Billy's signature open-side carriages, you will have front-row seats to the journey's mountains, forests, valleys and iconic timber trestle bridges.
The return journey lasts for a serene 2.5 hours, with a stopover in Gembrook Station where you can grab refreshments and winter warmers.
Stunning photo opportunity
When you disembark at Gembrook Station, you will have the opportunity to take unique photos of the dazzling train and its illuminations.