If memories are the best souvenirs, then exploring regional Victoria on board one of the largest narrow-gauge and heritage steam railways in the world will ensure plenty of memorable moments to bring home. Offering a unique outdoor experience full of adventure, enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own exclusive carriage with family or friends.

Whether it’s reconnecting with loved ones on a multigenerational trip, catching up with friends, a surprise marriage proposal, birthday party or engagement celebrations, our exclusive carriage hire offers you and your guests the opportunity to sit back and relax in our generously spaced open-side carriages.

Grandparent And Grandchildren Waving From Carriage Prior To Departure

Enjoy a ride over the hills, down the valley and into the lush forest on the original mountain track and set lunch up by Emerald Lake Park when you arrive.

With steam billowing out of the locomotive’s chimney and the evocative sound of the train’s whistle, this premium railway experience is the ultimate way to enjoy the proximity of your family or like-minded friends in private while making memories that last.

Father And Son Sitting And Looking At Views Of Forest

Ticket price

ProductPriceOccupancy
Carriage Hire$900.00Max 15 people

Carriage Hire cost includes:

  • Train journey for up to 15 people
  • A premium railway experience in the comfort of a private carriage

Timetable

Carriage hire is available for trains from Belgrave to Lakeside return only.

Please click on your preferred travel period below to see our timetable for that time.

Belgrave DepLakeside ArrLakeside DepBelgrave ArrOperating days
10.00 am11.00 am12.30 pm1.20 pmDaily
11.00 am12.00 pm1.45 pm2.35 pm14th, 17th - 21st, 24th - 28th
11.00 am12.00 pm3.55 pm4.50 pm8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th
12.30 pm1.30 pm3.00 pm3.55 pm7th - 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th
Belgrave DepLakeside ArrLakeside DepBelgrave ArrOperating days
10.00 am11.00 am12.30 pm1.20 pmFRI - SUN & 14th, 22nd Mar
11.00 am12.00 pm1.45 pm2.35 pmMON - SAT * ^
11.00 am12.00 pm3.55 pm4.50 pmSUNDAYS & Mon 14th Mar (Labour Day) ^
12.30 pm1.30 pm3.00 pm3.55 pmFRI - SUN ^

* Not operating Monday 14th March (Labour Day)

^ Not operating on 5th, 6th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th March

PLEASE NOTE that there will be no trains operating on 8th - 9th February and 8th - 9th March.

Belgrave DepLakeside ArrLakeside DepBelgrave ArrOperating days
10.00 am11.00 am12.30 pm1.20 pmDAILY
11.00 am12.00 pm1.45 pm2.35 pmMON - FRI *
11.00 am12.00 pm3.55 pm4.50 pmSAT - SUN & Easter Weekend (15th - 18th Apr)
12.30 pm1.30 pm3.00 pm3.55 pmDAILY

* Not operating Easter Friday (15th April) and Easter Monday (18th April)

Belgrave DepLakeside ArrLakeside DepBelgrave Arr
10.00 am11.00 am12.30 pm1.20 pm
11.00 am12.00 pm3.55 pm4.50 pm
12.30 pm1.30 pm3.00 pm3.55 pm
Belgrave DepLakeside ArrLakeside DepBelgrave ArrOperating days
10.00 am11.00 am12.30 pm1.20 pmFRI - SUN
11.00 am ^12.00 pm1.45 pm2.35 pmMON - SAT
11.00 am12.00 pm3.55 pm4.50 pmSUNDAYS & Mon 13th June (Queens' Birthday)
12.30 pm1.30 pm3.00 pm3.55 pmFRI - SUN

^ Not operating Monday 13th June (Queen's Birthday)

Picnic packs

We have a range of delicious picnic packs available. These are available for pre-order with your train tickets, and can be collected at Lakeside.

Lunch at the Railway Cafe

Set on the picturesque grounds of the Emerald Lake Park, overlooking Lake Treganowan is the Lakeside Visitor Centre's family-friendly Railway Café.

Offering a relaxed indoor and outdoor setting surrounded by green rainforest trees and lush ferns, the menu features some of the best seasonal produce and supplies in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region. As a fully licensed venue, our drinks bar is also stocked with a local line-up of beer, wine and cider varieties.

Buy tickets

  • Please list the contact details for all passengers when booking your carriage hire online. If you are unsure who will be joining you at the time of booking, our Customer Service Centre team will be in touch with you to request this information later on. Please note that these details need to be provided to us no later than 48 hours prior to travel.
  • Bookings for Carriage hire will close 48 hours prior to day of travel.

Please note the following important changes to booking a Puffing Billy journey: