Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch

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Sit back and enjoy the panoramic views!

Take in the delights of riding iconic Puffing Billy steam train through the forest and a delicious lunch at a local Winery.

Our guide to Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch

Visit Sherbrooke Forest, home to lyre birds, the crimson rosella, cockatoos and kookaburras.

Enjoy morning tea, then ride the restored Puffing Billy Stream Train through the towering mountain ash and beautiful fern gullies of Sherbrooke Forest.

Tour through the Yarra Valley and enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a local winery.

Tantalize your taste buds at Dominique Portet Winery where you may sample and buy a selection of quality local wines.

Enjoy a visit to another local winery to sample more Australian wines, then commence the return journey to Melbourne.

Tour concludes at approximately 5.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

Departs

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Extra departure on Tuesdays from October to March.

Start times

8.10am.

Duration

9 hours.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Dress according to the weather for that day. 
  • Passengers are welcome to sit with their legs hanging out of the Excursion Train carriages, provided their bodies are within the bars.
  • Children from 0 to 1 years inclusive travel free of charge on parents lap. Child rates apply from 2 to 15 years old.
  • Only folding or narrow prams can travel on Puffing Billy because of the heritage carriage doors. Baby change facilities are available at all stations.
  • Please note that assistance dogs are the only dogs allowed aboard Puffing Billy Railway.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch

 

  • What was Puffing Billy built for?
    Puffing Billy was built as a developmental railway to allow the settlers in the Dandenong Ranges access to Melbourne's markets to sell their produce. The railway carried general goods, potatoes, produce, timber and passengers. The train began to be used for tourist excursions very early in the 20th century, using open trucks with canvas canopies. The Excursion Train carriages that typify Puffing Billy, with the children's legs hanging out of the carriage sides, were constructed for the tourist market about 1919.
  • How old is Puffing Billy?
    The NA locomotives were constructed between 1899 and 1917. 6A is the oldest operational locomotive, having been built in 1901. All the locomotives have builder's plates that tell you the year in which they were built.
  • How fast can Puffing Billy go?
    The maximum speed limit is 15 miles per hour (approximately 24 km/h).
  • Can I hang my legs over the side of Puffing Billy's carriages?
    Passengers are welcome to sit with their legs hanging out of the Excursion Train carriages, provided their bodies are within the bars.
  • Does Puffing Billy have wheel-chair capacity on all Excursion Trains?
    If you are travelling in a wheelchair, there are limited wheelchair spaces available. Please contact the tour operator before day of travel. Station platforms are not at the same height as carriage doors, however ramps are available to provide easy wheelchair access on many of the Excursion Trains. Please see one of the friendly volunteers on the day of travel for assistance. The wheelchair ramp width is 75cm. Toilets with wheelchair access are located at Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations.
  • Can I take a fold up pram on the train?
    Yes, but due to the narrow carriage doors, folding or narrow type pushers are the only types of prams which can be accommodated on Puffing Billy.