Built in the early 1900s to transport goods and people through the mountainous terrain, Puffing Billy Railway is Australia’s oldest steam railway and it chugs through the stunning Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia.
Puffing Billy Railway has since become a beloved tourist attraction in Victoria, offering you a chance to step back in time as you sit on the sill of the open-side carriage and have your legs dangling in the air; it is a one-in-your-lifetime experience.
You’ll never run out of kids-friendly activities in Australia and Puffing Billy Railway is one of the day trips near Melbourne that you should go for.
Tip: book your tickets in advance, and read all the tips in this guide before taking Puffing Billy Railway near Melbourne.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE
Puffing Billy is a popular attraction, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance to ensure you get a spot on the train. You can book online or in person at the station.
Reach 45-60 minutes before your scheduled departure time so that you can settle down and get a good seat in your assigned carriage.
THE BEST VIEWS ON PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY
For the best views, sit on the right side of the train from Belgrave station to Lakeside station. And vice versa when you are on the way back from Lakeside station.
The famous Trestle Bridge is just less than a minute away once the train leaves Belgrave station. Get your cameras ready to capture the iconic shot (from the right side of the train) as it crosses Trestle Bridge.
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN CAN BRING A STROLLER ALONG
You can bring along a stroller on the train as long as you can collapse and tuck it under the seat.
There is no toilet on the train and you can only find them at the train stations. Puffing Billy makes several stops along the way, so take the opportunity to stretch your legs, explore the area, and take in the sights.
PARKING AT PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY
There are ample parking lots at Belgrave CFA near to the Belgrave station if you get there early.
SITTING ON THE SILL OF THE TRAIN
To be completely honest, the seats in the train are not the most comfortable so it is only fun when you can sit on the sill. Do take note that only kids above 4 years old can sit on the sill.
Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or simply looking for a unique experience for the kids in your family, you should check out Puffing Billy Railway at least once in your life.