Whilst you are temporarily unable to sit on our carriage ledges, you can still feel part of the environment in the open carriages as you travel through pristine forests and experience the magic of a day at Puffing Billy. Meet some of the characters of the railway, have your photo taken with the driver and along the way with the scenery of the Dandenong Ranges, feel the excitement as you cross historical timber trestle bridges, and delight in the fresh air and the sound of the whistle echoing through the hills. Remember to wave to every passer-by and get ready to create memories of a special day on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy.
PLEASE NOTE: LAKESIDE STATION CLOSED ON MARCH 26 2020
Due to planned electrical work at Emerald Lake Park (Lakeside Station) on Thursday 26 March, all services on the Lakeside or Gembrook section of the line will terminate at Emerald Town Station. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Weekend Special Offer
Receive 20% off your tickets when you travel Belgrave to Lakeside.*
Use promo code WEEKENDOFFER to redeem the special discount online.
*Terms & Conditions: Valid Saturdays and Sundays inclusive 15th February - 1st March 2020. Not valid for weekday travel. Valid for new bookings only. Date of travel subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Not available for gift vouchers. Available online only for all tickets.
About your journey
This station is the headquarters of the Railway and only a short walk from Belgrave Township which has an abundance of shopping and dining options. Belgrave Station is also accessible by Metro Trains from the city centre.
Setting out from Belgrave, Puffing Billy passes the southern reaches of the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest, a superb example of rainforest noted for its native 'Mountain Ash' trees, a form of eucalypt and the tallest flowering plant in the world.
Within minutes, passengers will experience travelling over Puffing Billy's most famous landmark - the iconic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge.
There is a minimum of four daily departures from Belgrave Station.
Something to consider
You will be travelling on board a century old steam train that uses coal to fuel the fire and get the locomotive moving!
This coal turns into soot and smut and occasionally when sitting in our open carriages can travel through the air and land on your lap or sometimes in your eyes.
We want you to enjoy a scenic ride through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, so please consider this part of the experience before embarking on your journey.
To best avoid the soot and marvel at Puffing Billy’s steam, passengers can:
- Bring along a pair of sunglasses or, if preferred, goggles
- Bring along a hat
For any concerns or questions, please contact us on 03 9757 0700 or see one of our friendly conductors on the platform.
Book your tickets
We allocate a certain number of tickets for each train to online bookings. These can be purchased up until 8:00 am on the day of travel.
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 for the next available service on the day.
View our Timetable here
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read over our tips before visiting Puffing Billy.
Puffing Billy Excursion Train Gift Vouchers are available and make an ideal birthday or Christmas present! Purchase online or call (03) 9757 0700.
To redeem: Gift Vouchers must be redeemed over the phone prior to the day of travel by contacting our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700 and cannot be redeemed online.
Start at Lakeside
Escape the crowds and enjoy a family outing on this lesser-known part of Puffing Billy.
Did you know that Puffing Billy crosses three historic timber bridges between Lakeside and Gembrook?
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.
Buy Tickets On The Day
A limited number of tickets are available for sale from our stations on the day. Single Journey fares can only be purchased on the day of travel. No Single Journey tickets can be purchased online.
Puffing Billy is very popular, we encourage our passengers to arrive at your preferred station at least 45 minutes prior to purchase tickets for the next available service on the day.