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Puffing Billy Train

The Puffing Billy Train is an old Steam Train that runs through the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Gembrook, including a stop at Emerald Lake. It takes about an hour to reach Lakeside, and you can sit on the window sill and hang your legs over the edge as the train chugs along

Its quite expensive at $52 for an Adult return to Lakeside, and you won’t find much at Belgrave or Emerald if you don’t make it to the lake (some trains stop at Emerald, one stop before the Lakeside Station). But it is mostly about the ride, and the novelty factor of riding a steam train, so unless you have interest in the train itself, your $50 might be better spent elsewhere.

It takes about an hour to get from Central Melbourne to Belgrave, and the Puffing Billy runs roughly 10:30 ~ 15:30, with times and stops varying each day, so check the timetable in advance and head out early to make sure you have enough time.

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