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Blues Train

Address: 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
Phone Number: 03 5258 4343
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Queenscliff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Performances, Theater & Concerts, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's legendary Blues Train is...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Performances, Theater & Concerts, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Fri - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

One of the best nights out we've had for a long time and not to be missed when in or around Melbourne. Those travelling move between 4 carriages each of which has a different act. The standard and variation of the music was very good. The night starts out with a buffet style meal which again is varied and of... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Musicians were fabulous and the event was very well organised. One criticism though, the dancing carriage was very hot. Love to see more ventilation, I felt sorry for the musicians in particular!

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of your experience with us on The Blues Train. The nature of a vintage heritage train is that they were built before air conditioning was introduced. Security guards travel in each carriage to help with things such as opening and closing windows - so don't be shy, introduce yourself and ask for help! They, as are... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Booked an accommodation package for a works Christmas function and a great night was had by all. Meal was average but the bands on the train were exceptional. I agree with other reviewers that the alcohol was a bit overpriced but apart from that we had a great night weather wise and travelling in a group enhanced the experience. Not... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of your experience on The Blues Train. We do find that when couples come for the first time, they return with a two more couples, then a group of 20 - and often will then book a whole carriage! Couples do have a great night as it's a bit like a progressive dinner party - you... More 

Ocean Grove, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's a great concept and it is great fun... but! I really think the meal could be better, it wasn't a good start. The beverages were too expensive for the quality, I really like my red but at $36 a bottle I couldn't drink it, the alternative was an obscure bourbon mixed drink at $8 or just listen to the... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to detail your recent experience with us on The Blues Train. As we have maintained for the last 21 years, if you are after a fine dining experience then The Blues Train is not for you. Bellarine Catering, the local catering company who have been supplying fresh fare to Blues Train clientele for over 7... More 

Melbourne
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We booked an accommodation package at Big 4 Beacon several months in advance. Combining a steam train ride with good music and lots of booze has to be a winning idea, and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The locals seem to enjoy the spectacle with many out and waving to the train. The night started a bit chaotic with long... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

We here at The Blues Train would like to thank you for taking the time to submit a balanced and fair review of your recent experience with us. We entertain over 10,000 people each year and take into consideration the vast range of tastes that this volume of people present to us. As we like to say, if you are... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

has been around for years but you still have to book well ahead but if you like blues music and a dirrerant night out this is for you, very well organised and a great way to make new friends, there is no BYO and you will find that alcohol is a little overpriced be aware that you need to purchase... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Hi Judi - thanks for your review of your experience on The Blues Train. We are into our 21st season now and yes, you do have to book ahead! With regards to the Blues Train bucket, it isn't a mandatory purchase; we make them available if you are with a group of people and wish to keep your drinks cold... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Bands were great and we enjoyed each act, but would have preferred it if we could have stayed in a carriage of our choice after we had eaten- the food was fair but not much left by the time we got to put food on our plates, alcohol was a bit overpriced

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

HI Tina thanks for taking the time to write a review of your time with us on The Blues Train. We have over 200 people who travel with us each Saturday night and as a result we have to cater for a broad range of tastes. With regards to the drinks, we keep them in line with other bars that... More 

Baxter, Victoria, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What a fantastic night we had - food was quite good (roast meat and salads), from a buffet on the station before the train leaves, Bands were excellent, staff were fabulous, atmosphere was wonderful which is mostly due to the 'passengers' being primed up on booze and high on their favourite music. At each carriage change I did not know... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Margaret, thanks so much for noticing the little things we do to make sure that everyone has a great time. We're into our 21st season now - we wouldn't do what we do if we didn't love it! We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and we hope that you join us again sometime soon. All the... More 

Corowa, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Loved it was a great night with greta bands and awesome fun. The staff are fabulous - you just have to go ! Book early though it books out months ahead.

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of your experience on The Blues Train! As we like to say, you don't have to be into blues music as such, you just have to be open to having a great time. We look forward to ridin' the rails with you again. All the best The Blues Train team. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you sell alcohol in tin buckets to 208 people then laugh as they all bolt for a non exsistant toilet, then you'll like the blues train..overpriced drinks, tickets and freezing cold, enjoy...

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TheBluesTrain, Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Hi Sarah - thanks for sitting down and writing a review of your experience on The Blues Train. Firstly, to clarify your comments, there are toilets at each stop - and The Blues Train stops every half hour. We don't sell alcohol in tin buckets. Drinks are sold in bottles, cans and, in the case of water, PET bottles. Blues... More 

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