*Terms & Conditions: Valid for travel between 7th - 19th January 2020. All tickets must be added to cart before completing the transaction online. Use promo code FREECHILD. Date of travel subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Not available for family fares or gift vouchers. Available online only.
Construction is now underway on the new Discovery Centre at Emerald Lake Park, with access to parking and pedestrian pathways on the Lakeside Station side of this stop altered.
While all arriving and departing trains, and its passengers, will still have pedestrian access to Lakeside Station and the wig wag crossing connecting you to Emerald Lake Park, carparking will be temporarily limited, and bus parking will be unavailable on this side. Alternative interim bus bays in the Lakeside carpark have been arranged.
Alternate carpark options available to visitors include:
- The Lakeside carpark – Located opposite the station and across the lake. Enter from Emerald Park Lake Road and continue alongside the lake to find a cul-de-sac of carpark spots available. From here, walk along any one of the wheelchair and pram-friendly paths to find your way up to Lakeside Station.
- Lion’s Den and Bellbird overflow carparks – Located behind Lakeside Station and the Emerald Lake Model Railway. Enter from Emerald Park Lake Road and turn left at the fork on this road, just before the Lakeside carpark.
While accessible for people with limited mobility, anyone alighting at Lakeside Station should consider the hilly inclines of this park and land stability of construction works in progress before embarking on your journey with us.
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.
Allow us to let you in on a little secret...
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!
Did you know that Puffing Billy crosses four 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read over our tips before visiting Puffing Billy.
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.
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.