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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 * Teddy Bear Specials * Halloween Specials * Santa Trains * Day Out With Thomas events * Steam and Diesel Train Driver Experiences * Special occasion and Group charters * New Volunteers are always welcome!
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Lalala L wrote a review Jul 2022
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A fun hour ride from Queencliff return. Nostalgic and peaceful. Would love the ride to last longer, but only because of how relaxing it was. Volunteer run so happy to pay the ticket price. Easy online booking.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Sarsha C wrote a review Jan 2022
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Went to the Day Out With Thomas January 2022. We were left a bit disappointed. Train trip was a bit boring. Both the adults and other kids were bored. Needs more Thomas stuff. Perhaps on the train trip have a story playing over the speakers in the carriages and have things set up outside along the way that corresponds with the story being played so it’s more interesting and interactive for the kids to look at rather than overgrown bushes. Couldn’t even get close to Thomas for a nice photo. And instead of Thomas pulling trucks, should have Annie & Clarebelle so people travelling have shade/cover
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Daniel O wrote a review May 2021
Sydney, Australia31 contributions19 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time to ride on the steam train. The volunteers do a great job. It was very authentic and fun to watch the engine being topped up with water at the turnaround.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Ben D wrote a review Mar 2021
Melbourne, Australia32 contributions11 helpful votes
A kid friendly place. Took the Swan Bay Express to Lakers Siding and back. About an hour in total. $16 for adults, kids were free. We've done puffing billy before, but found it to be too long. The Bellarine Railway was just the right amount of time to keep kids interested. You can go right up to the engine and watch it get re-watered and do shunting. Much 'freer' atmosphere than puffing billy. You can also walk around the station site and see more old engines and carriages. If you have a pram, look for the carriage with a wider door, else you'll have to disassemble it.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Fiona H wrote a review Mar 2021
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Lovely day out with the family, I felt bad for the volunteer and some of the abuse he received from people, we managed to get the last 5 tickets for the 12pm train before it was sold out. The train ride along Swan bay was wonderful as the kids got to see some wildlife along the way. Big thanks to all the volunteers and to the booking officer who was working flat out to try and accommodate everyone.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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