The Bellarine Railway is a volunteer operated organisation, offering heritage train rides, experiences and activities between Queenscliff and Drysdale, on-board a collection of steam and diesel trains originating from around Australia. Heritage Train Service Steam and diesel train trips depart from both Queenscliff and Drysdale stations, every Sunday throughout the year, as well as Tuesday and Thursday in the Easter, June and September holidays*.
Over the summer holidays, the service runs daily from Boxing Day to the end of the first week in January, then daily except Mondays and Fridays until the Australia Day weekend*.
Groups may take advantage of the private carriage hire, whenever the heritage service is running. These are ideal for children’s birthdays or groups of 20+ and provide a cost effective alternative to normal fares and advance bookings are essential.
The Bellarine Railway is one of the few places you can cycle or walk beside an operating railway. A great way to use the Heritage Service, is to cycle along the Bellarine Rail Trail from Drysdale to Queenscliff (downhill), and enjoy the many eateries and shops before returning to Drysdale by steam power. Bikes are carried free and we recommend groups pre-book, so a suitable carriage can be arranged.
* Excludes Day out with Thomas/Queenscliff Music Festival weekends. Locomotive Cab Rides Also new are locomotive Cab Rides, which allow passengers a chance to up-grade their heritage train ticket and ride with the crew to see where the action is. Rides last for a ‘section’ or one way - they then return as a ‘regular’ passenger onboard the carriages. These are a great introduction to our train driver experiences, which is when they actually drive the train for 32kms Train Driver Experiences Experience the power of a heritage locomotive for yourself or give it as unique gift to celebrate someone special or a milestone occasion.
Enjoy a great day out with a 40 minute steam train ride, unlimited activities, displays, photo opportunities galore and more! Our characters are Thomas, Douglas, Henry, Oliver, Salty, those Troublesome Trucks and Sir Topham Hatt. Special Trains including a Santa Special in December. Different specials are held throughout the year and these are announced on the railways website and Facebook page.
Details are available on line or telephone enquiries are welcome. Charters and School groups Our steam or diesel trains may be hired to create a unique event or occasion, and school visits can be tailored to the interest or linked to a variety of lessons. Gift ideas for any occasion!
Gift vouchers: Vouchers are available for their Heritage service, Locomotive Cab rides, Day out with Thomas events and Steam or Diesel Driver Experiences Mac’s Shortbread tins: There are a limited number of tins, which feature the railways T-Class locomotive. These are a fundraiser for the railway and can be purchased from the station kiosks on any running day. Further information, calendar dates and bookings are available on line or calling the office – conditions may apply.
20 Symonds St, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225
03 5258 2069