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Address: 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1300 885 993
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Fri - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Description: For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's...
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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A few mixed reviews for this attraction. Please keep an open mind and remember that your not going to a fancy restaurant, you may need to use a Porta loo and bring cash. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Melbourne
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Melbourne
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A few mixed reviews for this attraction. Please keep an open mind and remember that your not going to a fancy restaurant, you may need to use a Porta loo and bring cash. The Blues Train is a great night with friends or a partner. The music is continual for the 30mins the train is moving and each carriage offers... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Public Relations Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us on The Blues Train. As we say, in order to enjoy your night you have to be open to having a great time. A lot of preparation goes into ensuring that our guests have the best time possible and we are pleased that you did. Thanks again... More 

Melbourne
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Bring your dancing shoes and loosen up! The Blues Train is a night out with a difference. This may not be for everyone, it's not a fancy night out for dinner and a concert, it's a buffet meal and music, on an old train pulled by a steam engine. Drinks can be purchased once on the platform, prices in line... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Public Relations Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Firstly, our apologies for the delay in responding to your review of your recent experience with us on The Blues Train. What a great review! You've encapsulated exactly what The Blues Train is all about - if you are open to having a great time, you'll have a great time! Thanks again - and we look forward to welcoming you... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We booked an acommodation package through ticketek. The accomm was excellent (Cairnsbrook Cottage, would definately stay there again if in Queenscliff) but I was not impressed with the blues train at all. I felt the security guard was rude and on a 'power trip, so that was the first impression, all in all I thought all the staff need some... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Public Relations Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

We are disappointed that your experience was less than expected. We are also disappointed that you chose not to approach management on the night to express your disappointment to us in person. We have no hesitation in refunding the cost of your tickets, in full, in cash, on the spot. We wish you well with your future travels. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I will not return. The organisation was shameful. I’ve had less rigmarole at an airport leaving the country. Luckily we were diverted by an unfunny gentleman who yelled at us over a megaphone. Apparently the train has been going for 21 years – the jokes are genuine vintage and have never been changed. A hot night. So cold drinks don’t... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Public Relations Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thank you for your most comprehensive review of your recent Blues Train experience. Firstly, you travelled on a night that was uncharacteristically warm. Our security guards moved through each and every carriage with free water for each and every patron. Under NO circumstances are you obliged to purchase a Blues Train bucket - nor any other merchandise. Our drinks prices... More 

Geelong, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

You don't have to be a Blues fanatic to enjoy this unique music experience. I remember listening to Muddy Waters in the early 80's and the odd concert over the years and always marvelled at the musical ability of various performers. The Blues Train, in the holiday seaside township of Queenscliff, Victoria, is like a mini Blues concert, on board... More 

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TheBluesTrain, Public Relations Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Wow! what a great, comprehensive review of your experience with us on The Blues Train! And yes, it is a mini-blues music festival held on the Bellarine Railway every Saturday night (and some Friday nights) August through to May. We ensure that everyone is safe and that everyone has a great time (as Hugo makes clear in his welcome speech).... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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TheBluesTrain, Public Relations Manager at Blues Train, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to let others know about your experience with us on The Blues Train. As we always say, you don't have to like blues music as such, you just have to be open to having a great time. We take pride in ensuring that the acts are varied and of a high standard - and, given... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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 

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