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Blues Train

20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
03 5258 4343
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Queenscliff
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great music, ambience. Food a little standard so if you need a culinary experience have an early dinner in the town :)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I have done The Blues Train twice now whilst visiting Melbourne from the UK. It is now on my list of "Must Do's" for all future trips to Melbourne. It's a great night and has top acts.

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your time on The Blues Train - and an extra special Thank You for joining us from the UK. Make sure you come up & say hello next time you ride with us. All the best The Blues Train team. More

Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

The Blues Train is like a good wine - it just keeps getting better with age. Another fantastic night with great company, excellent and varied entertainment and yummy food! We have converted our neighbours and our international visitors just loved the total experience! Keep up the great work Blues Train Team - we will be back!!

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you are a part of The Blues Train family & that you bring your friends & relatives with you! Thanks for taking the time to write of your experience & we look forward to seeing you again out on The Rails! More

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Friends and I went on the blues train on Friday night, and were treated so poorly by staff that I would never recommend the experience to anyone. The staff were not at all welcoming, and were actually condescending, reminding us of the RSA rules and how they wouldn't be responsible for anyone - fair enough. Between the four of us,... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Upon arrival, it was clear to the Proprietor and security that the patrons were intoxicated. As a licensed venue, under Victorian Liquor Licensing Laws it is an offence to admit any patron/s who are deemed intoxicated into a licensed venue. Upon their arrival, the patrons in question were briefed on Responsible Serving of Alcohol and were monitored to ascertain their... More

Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The musicians were excellent. Enjoyed moving from carriage to carriage at each stop. Would limit the alcohol intake for some older female passengers, we had one particularly obnoxious female in our carriage who got worse and worse as the night wore on, sitting in the laps of men she did not know, very embarassing to watch. I thought the security... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we strive to ensure that each experience is a memorable one for all the RIGHT reasons. We have security guards to ensure that everyone has a great time. As Hugo says in his speech, get to know your security guard as they are there to help - so anytime you feel that you need to... More

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4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I recently travelled on the blues train and was full of high expectations after hearing a number of people say how good it was. Yes the entertainment and the concept was fantastic... All the bands were top notch.... However, service, staff , food and drinks left ALOT to be desired. Firstly the attitude of staff towards patrons was condescending ,... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on The Blues Train. We are first and foremost an entertainment experience - we are not a restaurant nor do we market the experience as such. There are new port-a-loo toilets at the first stop (Suma Park) as well as a new 'fixed' toilet block. Toilets at Queenscliff & Drysdale... More

Torquay, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We went on the blues train on Saturday night for the second time and like previously were not disappointed great line up and awesome atmosphere, my only complaint like others is the price for refreshments is obscene charging $40 for a bottle of wine and $8 a stubby or cider(which was barely drinkable) come on.

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Firstly, apologies for taking a while to respond to your review. Our wine range starts from $26.00 a bottle. We are more than happy to refund (and have done so from time-to-time) any bottle of wine deemed by the purchaser as "undrinkable". The same goes for any other drink. Please don't be shy about voicing concerns on the night, as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

My partner and I went on the Legendary Blues Train on 25th January 2014. We had an absolute ball!! The atmosphere was just awesome! The only thing I could criticize is the food and the way they feed you, but you soon forget that, once you're on the train! The acts/artists we're just amazing! Alistair Turill was our favourite, a... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

As we feed over 200 people, with varying tastes and likes, we make no apologies for the fact that the food is wholesome and fresh. There is a range of condiments available to 'spice things up' if you prefer food with a bit more of a 'zing'. Thanks for being a part of the Legends of Australian Blues nights -... More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This was a very unique experience. Dinner on the station a bit ordinary especially trying to eat it on your lap! Drinks expensive and carriages and fit out looking very tired BUT the five of us had a great time. All the four acts were fantastic and we really enjoyed being able to dance and enjoy the music and singing.... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your time with us on The Blues Train. As you probably noticed we feed over 200 people each night, with varying tastes in food. There are condiments to add to the food to 'spice things up'. The Blues Train operates on a heritage vintage train and is maintained by a dedicated team of... More

Rosebud, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Well, what a cracker. A group of 10 of us on a weekend away in December 2013 went on the famous red rattler and what a trip it was. First up was dinner served on the station and eaten in the carriage with a tray on our knees,but hey,the food is just an alcohol soaker upperer! Seriously trough guys,$40.00 for... More

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

We would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your review & would like to thank you for taking the time to detail your experience with us. As The Blues Train operates on a heritage vintage train, Carriage B is the only carriage that doesn't have table facilities for dinner, hence trays to place plates on to eat... More

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