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MAP OF PUFFING BILLY STATIONS

Further information about each of the different stations along the Puffing Billy Railway line can be found below.

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BELGRAVE STATION

1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, VIC 3160

Most Puffing Billy trains commence their journey here. 

Passengers starting their journey at Belgrave Station will experience Puffing Billy’s most famous landmark - the iconic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge. 

This station is the headquarters of the Railway, with both operating and administrative facilities. Most Puffing Billy trains commence their journeys here. Visit the refreshment room for souvenirs, food and beverages. Our Locomotive Running Shed & Workshop is where storage, maintenance and restorations take place on the Puffing Billy family of locomotives. The Belgrave township is only a short walk away and has an abundance of shopping and dining options.

Please note that there is no parking available for passengers in Old Monbulk Road, next to Belgrave Station. THIS IS A DROP OFF POINT ONLY.

Picnic facilities, toilets (incl. accessible toilet) as well as a parenting room is available at the station.

Rail distance from Melbourne: 41.8km (26 miles).  Altitude 227.7m (747 feet). 

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Puffing Billy's Belgrave Station

MENZIES CREEK STATION

Menzies Creek Station is located in School Road, Menzies Creek, VIC 3159

From Belgrave Station this is 30 minute train ride one way. This journey is ideal for the tour group market wanting a short journey, however, this must be pre-booked with the Customer Service Centre. 

Easily accessible for coaches to pick up and drop off visitors. Trips from this station to Belgrave can also be taken.

Named after an early miner who worked in the area. Menzies Creek is the first stop after Belgrave and destination for many tour groups. Trains in opposite directions often ‘cross’ here. As Puffing Billy is a single rail line, it is only at stations such as Menzies Creek, where you can view trains pass by. 

Toilets are provided at the station.

6km (3.75 miles) from Belgrave. Altitude 303.6 m (996 feet).

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EMERALD STATION

Access to the Station is via Kilvington Drive and Heroes Avenue, Emerald, VIC 3782

This is the highest station on the line and is a 50 minute train ride  one way from Belgrave. The station building is the only original station building that remains intact along the line. 
Emerald offers shops, cafes and bakeries. There is also a playground for families to visit near our station.

On the third Sunday of every month, a trip aboard the train to Emerald can be combined with a visit to the Emerald Market. In the yard is the Railway carriage repair workshop. Picnic and toilet facilities are available at the station.

9.7km (6 miles) from Belgrave. Altitude 318.5m (1045 feet).  

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LAKESIDE STATION

Lakeside Station is located in Emerald Lake Park, Emerald, VIC 3782. Access to our station is via Emerald Lake Road. Follow this road into Emerald Lake Park. Continue past Wombat Corner Camp, and turn left once you reach the lake. Continue across the railway tracks and reach the car park, which is adjacent to Puffing Billy's Lakeside Station.

Lakeside is the half-way point along the line to Gembrook.

The train journey is a 60 minute train ride one way from Belgrave and is a great option for families and couples who wish to take a return trip.  It is recommended to allow a minimum of 3 hours for a return trip to this station, subject to the time table. 

BBQ facilities and picnic tables make this an ideal place to relax alongside the lake. Passengers can pack a picnic or purchase lunch from the café. Playground facilities, a wading pool (summer only) and paddle boats (for hire) are available to keep the kids entertained.
Visit our station kiosk for souvenirs, food and beverages.

Picnic shelters are located throughout the park and can pre-booked for exclusive use through our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700.

Lakeside was the terminus of the line before reopening to Gembrook in 1998. Trains usually pause here for the crew to fill the locomotive water tanks. Toilets are provided at the station.

13.2km (8.25 miles) from Belgrave. Altitude 242m (795 feet). 

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COCKATOO STATION

Cnr Pakenham Rd/McBridge St, Cockatoo, 3781

Was originally named Cockatoo Creek and was an important loading place for the timber from sawmills in the region. The name was later shortened to Cockatoo to commemorate the abundance of Cockatoos that can be seen in the area.

Timber from nearby sawmills was brought to this station and potatoes were also loaded onto the railway at Cockatoo.

17.3km (10.8 miles) from Belgrave: Altitude 188.7m (619 feet).  

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Puffing Billy's Cockatoo Station

GEMBROOK STATION

Gembrook Station is located off Main Road, Gembrook, VIC 3783.

Gembrook Station is located at the end of the Puffing Billy line.

The train ride to Gembrook Station takes one hour and 50 minutes one way from Belgrave, or five hours for a return journey.  A minimum of one train is time tabled to Gembrook Station (excluding the cooler months from May to the beginning of the September school holidays) and a return journey is recommended. 

Visitors who don't have time for a 5 hour return journey can and travel from there to Gembrook return (approx. 3.5 hours).  

Stroll along one of the signposted walks in town, as well as the Avenue of Honour that commemorates local soldiers' sacrifice during the Second World War. Several dining options are available within the township. Picnic facilities are provided at the station and in the adjacent park. Trains usually stop over for an hour or more for visitors to explore the historic town before the return trip.Our refreshment room can be visited for souvenirs, food and beverages.

On the fourth Sunday of every month, a trip to Gembrook aboard the train can be easily combined with a visit to the Gembrook Market.

Gembrook was once a busy centre for the dispatch of timber and farm produce from the district.

24km (15 miles) from Belgrave. Altitude 311.8m (1020 feet).

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Puffing Billy's Gembrook Station