Whilst you are temporally 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.
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Temporary Notice - Access & Parking at Lakeside Station (Emerald Lake Park)
Please note that due to current maintenance works on Lake Treganowan, parking and road access to Emerald Lake Park is limited. Strictly no buses or trucks are to travel via this road access. For this reason, we encourage you to avoid driving to the park if possible.
For more information, please visit Cardinia Council's website.
Download parking map here (pdf).
Parking at Lakeside Station (Emerald Lake Park)
There is a fee for parking in Emerald Lake Park. There is a Council operated ticket machine - $6 flat fee for the day.
Please note that there is no public transport to or from Lakeside Station. Visitors wishing to take this journey will need to drive themselves to Lakeside Station located within Emerald Lake Park.