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Following the incident on 6th March 2018 at School Road, Menzies Creek and pending the results of a full investigation, the practice of allowing passengers to sit on the carriage sides has been temporarily suspended.  We appreciate your understanding.


Online tickets now available from Lakeside!


Allow us to let you in on a little secret.... 

Most visitors to Puffing Billy who start their journey at Belgrave will disembark at Lakeside, and therefore seats are often available on the Lakeside to Gembrook section of the railway! This means you can escape the crowds and enjoy a family outing on this lesser known part of Puffing Billy. 

Passengers can enjoy a visit to Emerald Lake Park either before or after their Puffing Billy journey. This park offers BBQ facilities and picnic tables, playground facilities, a wading pool and paddle boats for hire, and is the perfect spot for visitors with kids!

Want to know more? Have a look at our video for a sneak peek!


We strongly recommend you PRE-PURCHASE TICKETS to avoid disappointment. We allocate a certain number of tickets for each train to online bookings, and these can be purchased up until 8am on day of travel (subject to availability). After this time, or when the capacity allocated to online bookings for a certain train has been reached (whichever occurs first), our online bookings will be listed as sold out below.  A limited number of tickets are available for sale from our stations on the day, however these are sold on a first-come first-served basis. Depending on the time of year, these tickets may sell out very quickly, for instance during school holidays and weekends (especially if the weather is lovely!). 

Online bookings are available for RETURN travel from Lakeside Station (located within Emerald Lake Park).

Online bookings for Excursion Trains are available until 8.00am on the day of travel, subject to availability. Booking Terms and Conditions.


  • Family fares are valid for up to two adults and up to four children.
  • Child fares apply to ages 4 to 16 years old
  • Children under the age of 4, not occupying a seat, travel free
  • Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • Concession fares are available to Australian bearers of Health Care, Student, Senior, Companion or Pensioner cards. (Verification on the day may be required).


Did you know that Puffing Billy crosses three historic timber bridges between Lakeside and Gembrook?

Underway, the Railway skirts the northern boundary of the un-spoilt Wright State Forest, with large stands of Stringy Bark and other eucalypt trees

As the train climbs towards Gembrook, the lineside bush gives way to extensive views of rolling cultivated farmlands, where potatoes are still grown, and distant mountain ranges. 


Parking at Lakeside Station (located in Emerald Lake Park)

There is a fee for parking in Emerald Lake Park. There is a Council operated ticket machine - $6 flat fee for the day. 

Please note that there is no public transport to or from Lakeside station. Visitors wishing to take this journey will need to drive themselves to Lakeside station located within Emerald Lake Park.

Lakeside directions and parking                                                            

Map with directions from Belgrave to Lakeside


Timetable - Lakeside to Gembrook return

Lakeside departure 12:20pm
Gembrook arrival 1:00pm
Gembrook departure 2:45pm
Lakeside arrival 3:20pm


Timetable - Lakeside to Gembrook return (26/12/2-17 - 7/1/2018)

Lakeside departure 11:45am 3:20pm
Gembrook arrival 12:25pm 4:00pm
Gembrook departure 1:40pm 5:10pm
Lakeside arrival 2:15pm 5:45pm


Fares: Lakeside to Gembrook

Discounted Family Fare
Valid for up to 2 Adults and up to 4 children (Aged 4-16 yrs) 
Adult Child
(Aged 4-16 yrs)
(do I qualify?)
Single Return Single Return Single Return
$35.00 $57.00 $18.00 $29.50 $28.00 $45.00



Is there public transport available from Gembrook back to Lakeside?

No. There is no public transport to or from Lakeside park. If you choose to travel only one way, you will need to organise your own transport back to Lakeside.

Can I buy a family pass from Lakeside to Gembrook return?

Yes. Family passes cost $114 and allow up to 2 adults and up to 4 children to travel from Lakeside to Gembrook return.

Is there parking available at Lakeside?

Yes. There are several carparks available at Lakeside. Please note that there is a $6 flat fee for parking.

What is there to do at Lakeside/Gembrook Stations?

Information about facilities and attractions at the different stations is available on the page The Journey on this website.

Is there anywhere to get lunch in Gembrook?

There are many cafes and pubs located in Gembrook serving lunch daily.

Cant find the answer to your question? Check out our FAQs page for more information.