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Blues Train

20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
03 5258 4343
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Queenscliff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Performances, Scenic Railroads
Owner description: For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's legendary Blues Train is one of Victoria's most spectacular entertainment and... more » Owner description: For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's legendary Blues Train is one of Victoria's most spectacular entertainment and dining experiences.The Blues Train departs Queenscliff between the months of August and May, offering a unique musical meal and show. With a capacity of 200 (50 in each of the four carriages) it has become enormously popular as a function venue and can accommodate and provide catering for parties of one to 200 people for a unique dinner and show - including weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, christmas celebrations and special occasions. The Blues Train event begins at the historic town of Queenscliff. Patrons tuck into a hearty meal prepared by our Blues Train caterers. Drinks to take on the journey are available on the platform from the T-bar in the guard's van, open at each of the four stops.At each stop revellers swap carriages to find a new band tuning-up ready for the next act. One of the carriages only has seating running along each wall. The seating arrangement and up-beat music in this carriage leaves little option other than getting up for a bit of a boogie.But you don't have to dig the blues to enjoy the Blues Train, you just have to be open to a really good time.The Blues Train runs along the old Geelong train line, stopping in turn at Suma Park historic homestead and winery, and then at Drysdale before turning around and making its way back to Queenscliff, again via Suma Park.The Blues Train has hosted many great musicians since its inception, including Aussie blues legends Jimi Hocking, Chris Wilson and Lloyd Spiegel and Aria Award winners Collard Greens and Gravy and Mia Dyson. « less
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44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Bbq on platform, wine and beer to buy at each stop, variety of artists in each carriage, all made for a great evening.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I along with 11 of our good friends attended the Blues Train for hubby's 50th. We had always heard it was a good night and wanted to attend for ages. We were not disappointed, the night was better than we expected. We all had a such great time that intend making it an annual event. Kim

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Great to hear your husband's 50th was a big success! And we look forward to seeing you again in 12 months' time. All the best from The Blues Train More

Rome, Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our combined 50th birthday by inviting 52 friends on board the blues train. Well, from the time we boarded the train, everyone was in great spirits and really looking forward to the entertainment on the blues train. When we arrived, we were welcomed by the operator and crew. The dinner was very average, being in... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to detail your experience with us on The Blues Train. We are thrilled that your combined 50ths were a big success, especially given you had what we like to call "the party run"! See you again out on the rails soon. More

Melbourne, Australia
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We did the blues train a while ago with friends. The food was just ok but the train ride was amazing. You get to see different artists after each station as you change carriage. Would highly recommend

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for highly recommending us! We love bringing the best in Australian blues music on a heritage volunteer-run railway line. Look forward to seeing you again out there on the rails. More

Mildura, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Amazing line up. So well organised. Tasty dinner. Danced all night!!!! Don't be discouraged if you don't get in Carriage A to start with. Every carriage is fantastic

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

As we say, you don't have to like blues music to have a great night, and you don't always have to start in Carriage A - all acts are excellent in their own right. Thanks for taking the time to give feedback on your Blues Train experience - till next time, Toot Toot! More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Fabulous night from start to finish. Our pre paid shuttle bus didnot collect us, so we had to walk - this is not connected to blues train, but to Big 4.

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Blues Train experience & we are following up with the BIG4 Beacon to find out what happened with the shuttle bus. Hope to see you again out on the rails More

Melbourne, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Visited the blues train for my birthday along with 10 friends. We all had the best night ever. Don't expect great food, very disappointing, drinks ok priced, music brilliant,concept brilliant. Start in one carriage ,and listen to music for 30 minutes, train stops for 30 minutes whilst you can visit the bar, toilets and change to the next carriage. Food... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

We appreciate the time you've taken to detail your experience with us on The Blues Train. We wanted to mention that meals are served to over 200 people in a short period of time - we don't bill ourselves as a 'fine-dining' experience its more about the music and travelling on the heritage volunteer-run Bellarine Railway; and as you rightly... More

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Spare yourself the ordeal. The food eaten off a plastic tray in a cramped carriage was very ordinary. We queued for 1/2 hour for over priced wine, which I assume was consumed in copious amounts by those mistaking the cold ,uncomfortable conditions for "ambience". The musicians however were all excellent.

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

The patron refers to eating the meal off a plastic tray. They also allude to waiting for 30 mins to be served "overpriced wine". The Blues Train has never (and will never) bill itself as "a fine-dining experience". The Blues Train is first & foremost an entertainment experience. It operates on the volunteer-run Bellarine Railway, a heritage railway line -... More

Sawtell, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Go for the fantastic music and fun. The food is perfectly OK but it's not about the food. Very well run and highly recommended for anyone who enjoys great music in terrific surrounds.

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

We want to thank you for taking time out of your day to give feedback regarding you experience with us on The Blues Train - and thank you for being open to having a great time! We look forward to welcoming you aboard The Blues Train again. More

Camperdown, Australia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

My husband and I and 3 of our friends had the most amazing night on the blues train! The performers on each carriage were equally amazing! We loved the whole experience and we will definitely being returning each year! Thankyou!!

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us on The Blues Train. We look forward to helping to make your soon-to-be annual trip as memorable as your first! All the best from The Blues Train team. More

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