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 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.
Mid-Week Special Offer
Receive 25% off your tickets when you travel Lakeside to Gembrook between Monday to Friday.*
Use promo code RUGUP to redeem the special discount online.
*Terms & Conditions:
- Valid Monday - Friday, not including weekends or public holidays.
- Valid until Friday 30th August 2019.
- Date of travel subject to availability.
- Not available in conjunction with any other offer.
- Not available for family fares or gift vouchers.
- Maximum four tickets per transaction.
- Available online only.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Between September 10th to 13th, Lakeside Station will be CLOSED and there will be no services from Lakeside to Gembrook during this time. If you wish to travel on Puffing Billy between these dates, we recommend travelling Belgrave to Emerald, please click here for more information. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.