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The Blues Train

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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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Rollicking Good Evening

We'd been trying to plan a family celebration on the Blues Train for over a year but could never seem to get everyone together but at last it clicked and whilst the evening... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We'd been trying to plan a family celebration on the Blues Train for over a year but could never seem to get everyone together but at last it clicked and whilst the evening certainly wasn't summery it wasn't too cold when purchasing refreshments from the station stops or relieving oneself to enable a refill. The music was great with each... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I had the most amazing night aboard the Blues Train. 4 fantastic acts, an awesome crowd, and wonderful friendly, capable staff. Food was simple but tasty....(people tend to forget that are catering for a large and diverse group so simple is best). The staff go to every effort to ensure this is a wonderful night. Thanks for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had been before. This time 3 couples. Starting in cartilage B means eating on your lap . Food is good. Ticket pricey At 106 dollars a head for dinner and show. Drinks on the platform not bad. Beer expensive. Music was good but I think would be better if there were less seats in the train and more room to... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much depends on the carriage atmosphere.. we had a group who hogged all the seats leaving non group people on the edges of their exuberant intoxicated action... entertaining...fortunately great blues music is the key to the Blues Train and that did not disappoint.

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Queenscliff, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent entertainment /music to enjoy while travelling in the iconic steam train of Queenscliff. Station stops along the way to change carriages and restock refreshments. A great way to celebrate any occasion with a group or as a couple. A well organised evening includes a meal and 4 carriages of fine music ,maybe a dance.!

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Barwon Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must admit that when we first arrived at Queenscliff station to see the throngs of people there and the line for the bar very long, my hopes of a fun night slid down a notch or two. But I needn't have worried. The line moved quickly and after a bit of a wait for dinner (tip: don't go along... More 

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TheBluesTrain, General Manager at The Blues Train, responded to this review

Hi Puntrd, It is so great that you had an incredible night on the train! It is a real credit to all the people who work hard behind the scenes so that people like you have an unforgettable experience! We agree, it is near impossible to not get up on your feet and let loose! We can't wait for your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a terrific night out on the blues train with friends, full of great music and laughter! Four different bands adds to the magic, well organised and busy while staying safe. The train trip is a reminisce of days gone by, highly recommended.

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Thank Trevor C
TheBluesTrain, General Manager at The Blues Train, responded to this review

Hi Trevor C, WOOP WOOP! Here's to you for having an amazing night! We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself and we hope to see you and your friends on the Blues Train again for another fantastic night! More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Extremely well organised.. 4 excellent and diverse, blues music acts performing on the restored carriages of the train as it travels along the Bellarine Peninsula. Pre dinner drinks available, and dinner is included either on board or on the platform. Relax and enjoy the music, or attempt dancing whilst the train rattles along. Sensible shoes recommended! A really great evening... More 

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Thank renelachoc
TheBluesTrain, General Manager at The Blues Train, responded to this review

Hi Renelachoc, Thanks for taking the time to write this amazing review of your fun night on the train. We always love hearing about our traveler's experiences! We strive to have the best Blues acts from around Australia and even some overseas guest so we are extremely happy that you enjoyed all of them. We agree - sensible shoes are... More 

Victoria, Austrlaia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

This is a great night out & definitely worth the visit, if you have a great group of people it's even better. The entertainment is great & you are certainly up dancing by the end of the night. The meal was good - although a little light on & needs to be more substantial - dessert wouldn't go astray either.... More 

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TheBluesTrain, General Manager at The Blues Train, responded to this review

Hey Binnstay, Thanks for taking the time to review us! We are over the moon that you enjoyed your night on the Blues Train, although this is no surprise as just about everyone does! Regarding the meal, we do offer everyone seconds and is self served (apart from the meat) so you are more than welcome to fill your plate... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Wife's Christmas function and I was really looking forward to it as I'm a Blues fan. I was certainly not disappointed. From the time we were greeted and the efficiency of the service to the meal (plain but substantial) and the music, well that was the the highlight. Train trip would have been some 4 hours plus and I reckon... More 

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Thank Tony L
TheBluesTrain, General Manager at The Blues Train, responded to this review

Hey Tony L, We find Christmas parties can either be a hit or miss but a Christmas party on the Blues Train is always a HIT! It certainly is a great night and it is hard to stop yourself from getting up on your feet to have a boogie and that is what it is all about. Thanks for taking... More 

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