Experience the grandeur and charm of a steam train journey while savouring a delicious lunch or mixed platter in our heritage dining carriages! Choose from either a three course lunch featuring local produce or graze over the signature "Natter Platter" followed by a dessert of scones, jam and cream!
Sit back and relax on board Puffing Billy's exclusive First-Class Carriage as your entrees are served. Before long you will be peeking out of the window to admire the most iconic point of the journey - the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge!
The train ride continues through the temperate rainforest as you savour your meal. Your mouth-watering main course will be served as you journey through dense foliage and wide open fields to Lakeside Station. On your arrival, you are welcome to disembark the train and explore the picturesque Emerald Lake Park, home to leisurely walking trails, paddle boats and abundant bird life. The train will then commence its return journey while you finish off desserts and enjoy a cuppa (choice of tea or coffee).
Reward yourself with a delicious meal while enjoying the historic Puffing Billy steam train ride – book online with us today!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction of the Lakeside Discovery Centre over the coming months there may be disruptions to services. Between 12th - 30th November, Lakeside Station is scheduled to be CLOSED. At this stage, the following train journeys are scheduled to operate: Belgrave to Emerald Return. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Select Your Meal
1. Three Course Meal - Winter (1 April 2019 - 5 October 2019)
Choice of Entree: Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup, Moroccan Chicken Skewers, Baked Ricotta and Kale Mock Meat Balls with bread on the side
Choice of Main: Wood Roasted Chicken Breast, Minted Lamb Pot Pie, Eggplant Parmigiana, Grilled Tasmanian Salmon
Choice of Dessert: Baked Lemon Cheese Cake, Apple and Rhubarb Crumble
2. Three Course Meal - Summer (6 October 2019 - 5 April 2020)
Choice of Entree: American Style Crab Cakes, Duo of Dips, Chicken Caprese Stack, Cajun Vegan Bhajis
Choice of Main: Mediterranean Yellow Fin Tuna, Barkers Creek Pork Ribeye, Dukkah Rubbed Chicken Salad, Fun Guy & Thyme Gnocchi I, Fun Guy & Thyme Gnocchi II
Choice of Dessert: Espresso Martini, Cherry Crumble Cake, Blueberry Muffin
3. Natter Platter
Salami, Prosciutto, Ham, Smoked beef, Smoked salmon, Chicken liver pate, Marinated vegetables, Tasmanian triple brie cheese, Shadows of blue and cheddar cheese, Fresh fruit, Mesculin lettuce, Mt Zero blonde Kalamata olives, House dip, Bread
Dessert: Scones with jam and fresh cream
You need to choose the courses first when booking for your Three Course Meal.
Complimentary coffee and tea are available for both of the two menus.
Menu items may change subject to seasonal availability.
Location: Puffing Billy Railway station, 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave
Train: Travel to Belgrave Station on the Metro Trains Belgrave Line from Melbourne CBD (approximately 70 minutes)
Car: Belgrave Station is approximately a 1 hour drive from Melbourne CBD using the M1
Child ticket: Age 5-16 years
Unfortunately, this tour can only accommodate children aged 5 years and above. These age restrictions have been carefully considered in the interests of health and safety.
Tour departs from Puffing Billy's Belgrave Station to Lakeside Station daily (excluding Victorian public holidays) at 12:30 pm, and returns back to Belgrave at approximately 3:30 pm.
We strongly advise that you arrive at Belgrave Station at least 45 minutes prior to your train departure time.
The table configurations can seat up to 4 customers. If your party consists of more than 4 people, we will do our best to ensure your tables are located close to each other.
Please note that the distance between the edge of the table and the back of the chair is only 41 centimetres. The heritage dining carriages have tables and chairs that are fixed to the floor and cannot be moved. As a result, people of generous proportions could find seating in the dining carriages restrictive. To ensure you have a positive experience at Puffing Billy Railway we strongly encourage you to contact us before booking should you have any concerns.
For safety reasons, customers on the Puffing Billy steam train cannot put their legs out the side of the train. Currently there is no date on when this restriction will be removed.
Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.
Please print the voucher and present it on the day of the tour.
Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.