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The Bellarine Railway

Queenscliff, Australia
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About The Bellarine Railway
The Bellarine Railway is operated and maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Geelong Steam Preservation Society, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1970. The society was the first Victorian preserved railway to be established entirely by volunteers. It first ran trains at Belmont Common in Geelong, before moving operations to the Queenscliff-Drysdale section of the former Victorian Railway’s South Geelong-Queenscliff branch line in 1976. The line is recognised as the oldest Victorian branch line still in operation. Today the railway runs regular scenic train trips between Queenscliff and Drysdale, along with experiences and events which include: * School Holiday Specials * Easter Bunny Trains * Halloween Specials * Santa Trains * Day Out Wth Thomas events * Steam and Diesel Train Driver Experiences * Special occasion and Group charters New Volunteers are alwasy welcome!
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Reviewed January 23, 2019

The concept and running of this event was good, with great bands to entertain. Although the price of drinks was astronomical, $36 for a $6 bottle of red that had some sort of goopy sediment at the end. Take lots of money if your going...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Kathleen K, Manager at The Bellarine Railway, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2019

Thank you for the review ChongMow of The Blues Train and pleased to hear that you enjoyed the bands as much as we do! However, it should be noted that The Bellarine Railway is not the promoter of The Blues Train and we do not...More

Reviewed January 19, 2019

A nice train ride for the adults and was great fun for my young son to see the "real" Thomas up close. Getting to pull the whistle on the train was a highlight! Only downside was the disappointment at the end of the visit when...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Kathleen K, Manager at The Bellarine Railway, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2019

Fantastic to hear that pulling Henry's whistle was a highlight, as well as enjoying the 45-minute trip and seeing Thomas! Apologies for the misunderstanding with the activity bag: When collecting the event wristbands, you also receive the event gate flyer with map, and a 'Spot...More

Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

This is a must for kids but I know adults also enjoy this. A class is a nice way to go but really, it’s all fun. There is a special Thomas the Tank Engine train during holiday periods. Bring your own food and refreshments. Toilets...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful experience of the return trip from Drysdale to Queenscliff. We treated ourselves to the 1st class dining experience, which was a 6 course degustation meal highlighting local produce and matched with wines from the area. Our waiter Matthew was fantastic with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

We did the train ride with some friends from out of town and our kids and everyone absolutely loved it. It's a slow ride that is excellent for taking in the scenery and vistas and making you think about the surrounds and having questions that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

We chartered a private carriage on the normal 11am Queenscliff-Drysdale and return service for my daughter's 21st birthday event and had a wonderful morning! Kate in the office and the train volunteers were all so friendly and helpful, the semi-restored 1930's carriage (leather buttoned seats...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

Ride the historic train from Drysdale to Queenscliff and return. Unfortunately the steam engine scheduled was out of service and was replaced with a diesel electric locomotive, X20. Lovely day on the line and strolling around Queenscliff. Visted the Fort where navel guns protected the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We hired a charter train to take us and our guests from Queenscliff Station to the Marine Discovery Centre (Swan Bay), Laker's Siding and back again for our wedding in March. Even though the heritage railway was on at the same time, Kathleen and Steve...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Kathleen K, Manager at The Bellarine Railway, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hello Ellen2013 Thank you for your very kind review! Our volunteers take great pride and pleasure in ensuring our guests have the best experience possible. We were very pleased to have played a part in making your Wedding Day, just a little bit extra special!

Reviewed April 8, 2018

Paid $63;00 yesterday (08.04.18) for 1 adult and 2 children and went on the 2:30 p.m. ride to Laker's Siding and back. The ride was great BUT on return we found that the Troublesome Truck rides were finished, Visit Henry was roped off for the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Kathleen K, Manager at The Bellarine Railway, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hello Ian C Many thanks for attending our event and taking the time to let us know your thoughts. The event has always officially finished at 4pm, however in cases of mechanical issues or on the rare occasion a particular event activity is impacted, our...More

Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Visited the Bellarine Railway for a day out with Thomas with my little one. Excellent option for a day trip from Melbourne. Nice and friendly staff. Quite a few options for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time.More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Kathleen K, Manager at The Bellarine Railway, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hello Amit G Thank you for planning a day trip from Melbourne and for reviewing our Day Out With Thomas event. Our volunteers are always pleased to hear such positive comments, as it makes their time and effort very rewarding! We trust we will see...More

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Brenda M
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Hello Brenda M Thanks for your message. We are happy to provide a suitable carriage. Please let us know the day you are planning to visit so can ensure access for you both - 5258 2069. Kind regards Kathleen
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The train runs on Sundays, most public holidays and on other days during school holidays. I suggest that you phone (03) 5258 2069 near to the time.
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The carriages do not turn around, only the engine, so yes, if you want to see the scenery on both sides of the train you would need to change seats. A lot of the carriages have seats that go across the whole width of the... More
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