Our World Famous Little Steam Train…
Puffing Billy is a local legend in the Dandenong Ranges and a firm favorite with visitors, young and old and in-between too. Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway, Puffing Billy, situated in the picturesque hills and only one hour from Melbourne.
The open sided carriages brush past fern gullies with majestic Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy Railway makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the stunning temperate rainforest. Dangle your legs from the carriage, an experience many Victorians have grown up with.
Discover wonderful wildlife and spectacular landscapes made for adventure while sitting on the carriage sill of Puffing Billy’s open-side carriages; a truly iconic experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Visitors can enjoy travelling on board Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience with the excitement beginning at Belgrave Station, or start the adventure from Lakeside Station, riding over the rolling hills, across iconic timber trestle bridges and through the open farmlands that surround Gembrook Station.
With a range of delicious picnic packs available, pre-order your meals and spend the rest of your time making memories to treasure forever.
Located adjacent to Lakeside station sits Puffing Billy’s new Lakeside Visitor Centre. Featuring a café with some of the best produce on offer in the region, and a gift shop with locally produced crafts.
Menzies Creek Museum is home to more than 80 railway-related exhibits, including rare operational steam and diesel locomotives, an operational boiler house that services steam engines, and the Little Toot Café for all your morning tea needs, entry is free to all Puffing Billy ticket holders.
Even four-legged family members can get in on the steam train fun, with special monthly Lakeside to Gembrook Dog Express journeys on board enclosed compartment carriages.
Local community members can take advantage of the railway’s annual Locals Pass, offering up unlimited travel on return train journeys, as well as other special discounts.
Find out more about the unique Puffing Billy experiences on their website.
Accommodation in the Dandenong Ranges
Our accommodation page lists many of the Bed and Breakfast options in the hills.