Pack a picnic and bring your kids to Puffing Billy!
Puffing Billy travels through the magnificent forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave, only one hour east of Melbourne.
This kids' favourite is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. You can even dangle your legs over the side of the carriage – if you dare!
Buy your tickets online, beat the queues and enjoy one of Melbourne's best activities for kids! With special discounted family fares and up to six trains running daily, there’s plenty of opportunity for a family-fun day out!
suggestions for a day out with kids
- Recommended Puffing Billy Journey: Belgrave to Lakeside return OR Lakeside to Gembrook return. Combine your journey with a visit to Emerald Lake Park adjacent to our Lakeside station.
- Duration: Minimum 3 hours
- Cost: Family ticket valid up to 2 Adults and 4 Children - View fares
- Food: Pack a picnic or purchase lunch from our station kiosks or nearby cafes.
Facilities for families
Puffing Billy Railway is committed to offering an enjoyable experience for everyone and has have a range of family friendly facilities available for our passengers. Find out more
Get the full details of our time tables for departure and arrival times to choose which train suit your family.
There are a minimum of three daily departures from Belgrave to Lakeside.
Trains travelling to Gembrook operate daily except in the cooler months (from May to the beginning of the September school holidays).
Visit Emerald Lake Park
Lakeside station is located within Emerald Lake Park, and is the perfect destination for families!
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.
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How to get to Puffing Billy
View video about Emerald Lake Park
Courtesy of Cardinia Shire Council