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Start at Lakeside

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.

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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.

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*Terms & Conditions: Valid Monday - Friday, not including weekends or public holidays. Valid for travel between Friday 1st November to Monday 11th November 2019. 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.

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: Construction works are due to be carried out between Tuesday 12th – Saturday 30th November 2019 for the much anticipated Lakeside Discovery Centre.

During this time, Lakeside Station will be closed, with all running services from Belgrave to Lakeside stopping at Emerald Station instead. If you are planning to visit Puffing Billy between this period, you can still do so by starting your journey at Belgrave.

We apologise for any disruptions this may cause but look forward to welcoming you along to experience our state-of-the-art educational and interactive hub when it is ready and open.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please read over our tips before visiting Puffing Billy.

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Address: Emerald Lake Park, Emerald, VIC 3782

For up-to-date parking and directions for all stations, please click here.


Phone: (03) 9757 0700

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Start at Belgrave

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.

Learn more here

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.

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