Come and experience a journey of endless discovery at Puffing Billy Railway!

Education Programs at Puffing Billy Railway incorporate multiple learning activities with a focus on an exploration of history through storytelling, a journey into nature, endless discovery, emotional and cultural connection, adventure and fun.

Girl Jumping Under Wooden Menzies Creek Sign

Our excursion programs offer:

  • An adventure through the magnificent forests of the Dandenong Ranges onboard Puffing Billy Railway.
  • Access to the Menzies Creek Museum and Workshop.
  • An exploration of the Lakeside Visitor Centre.
  • A range of guided programs to suit all abilities and age groups.
  • Pre and post resources for teachers and leaders.
  • Enthusiastic and passionate educators.
  • Programs that are linked to The Victorian Early Years Framework (VEYLDF) and The Victorian Curriculum.

Early Years, Foundation - Year 2

ALL ABOARD! | Calling all students for a journey of endless discovery aboard Puffing Billy and connect with nature on an adventure through the magnificent forests of the Dandenong Ranges. Develop an understanding and appreciation of place and importance of community. Visit the Lakeside Visitor Centre, use your curiosity and imagination to explore technology and stories of the past and present. 

Year 3 - Year 4

STEAM MACHINES | Join our education officers on Puffing Billy and connect with nature, on an adventure through the magnificent forests of the Dandenong Ranges. Develop an understanding of natural areas and the importance of protecting places of special significance. Disembark at Lakeside Station to explore the Lakeside Visitor Centre. Visit the Menzies Creek Museum learning about design, materials and tools, to meet community needs.

Year 5 - Year 6

STEAMING STEM | Using the power of STEM-based inquiry, examine and explore the past and present design and technology systems of the railway. Students commence their journey at Belgrave Station, developing an understanding of the logistics, energy sources, skills and systems used to power the train. Students disembark at Lakeside Station to explore the Lakeside Visitor Centre. Visit the Menzies Creek Museum and Workshop and learn about materials, tools and innovative ideas to meet community needs, for a sustainable future.

Year 7 - Year 8

INNOVATION STATION | Join our education officers on Puffing Billy to examine and explore the past and present design and technology innovations and solutions. Students visit the Menzies Creek Museum and Workshop learning about systems, materials, components and tools required to make an informed design solution. Students disembark at Lakeside Station to explore the Lakeside Visitor Centre and consider design options with society, ethics, economic and social sustainability factors in mind.

Is your year level not listed? Contact us at info@pbr.org.au to enquire about what programs available for other year levels.

Enquiries

Enquire about our guided excursions via our online form.
Please contact the Education team for any further questions by emailing info@pbr.org.au or calling 03 9757 0700.

Program details and information

DURATION
Half Day (approx. 10.30 am - 2.30 pm). 

AVAILABILITY
Monday - Friday during the Victorian School Terms

LOCATION

Option 1

  • Meet at Belgrave Station
  • Journey on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Lakeside Station
  • Depart from Lakeside on school bus

Option 2

  • Meet at Belgrave Station
  • Journey on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Lakeside Station
  • Travel from Lakeside to Menzies Creek on school bus
  • Visit Menzies Creek Museum
  • Depart Menzies Creek on school bus

Option 3 - Return Journey

  • Meet at Belgrave Station
  • Return journey on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Lakeside station
  • 1.5 hours to explore Lakeside Visitor Centre and undertake Educator guided workshop
  • Depart from Belgrave on School Bus

Excursion Rates & Ratios

Please see below for all of the Puffing Billy Railway Education rates. We are committed to offering programs that cater for all abilities.

If your group has specific requirements, please let us know by contacting or team. Our programs can be adapted to suit a variety of needs.

Teacher and Student Resources

Puffing Billy offers a range of curriculum-linked resources, based around the topics of Energy / Force / Motion, Past and Present, Design and Technology and Biodiversity.

Plan your visit

Find information that will help you plan your excursion at Puffing Billy Railway and provide guidance to make the process as easy as possible. Please contact the Education team for any further questions by completing our Enquiry Form or calling 03 9757 0700.

Self-Guided Excursions

Take advantage of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges and journey aboard Puffing Billy at your own pace. Puffing Billy is an endless learning opportunity for students.

Short on time?

Ride Puffing Billy on a return trip from Belgrave – Menzies Creek and journey back in time with our volunteers at the Menzies Creek Museum.