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“Truly Unique”
Review of The Blues Train

The Blues Train
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Queenscliff
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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“Truly Unique”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Arriving for a trip on a train to listen to blues music is a little daunting. You don't have to option to get off if its not really your style, but... its hard not to be impressed by at least one artist (or in our case ALL of them). They are professional, and are there for your enjoyment. Its as simple as that. It must be said that you shouldn't come for a 5 star meal, its buffet style and nothing out of the ordinary. Each carriage is a different experience and changing at each stop you are sad to leave but excited about the next act. I would definitely go back again and again as each week there is a new list of talented musicians to tap your feet to. Speaking of feet, comfortable footwear is a must!

Visited February 2013
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“Blues train package”
Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

We did a package for our trip, a night in the Queenscliff Inn and the Blues Train. The music on the train was excellent, the night was well organised. Drinks were grossly overpriced, food was, think of a 60's school dinner gone wrong, very poor. Accomodation was very historic, staff excellent, room awful. Bare globe hanging from ceiling, not very clean and shared facilities.

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Cooroy, Australia
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“Blues train blues”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The blues train is a fun night out. The concept is great, the musicians on the night were most enjoyable.
The food was not so good, This needs a total overhaul.
Not happy to be charged for a bucket to put drinks in when we could not take it home on the plane - these should be lent out and as guests are checked at he end of the night buckets could be left at the gate.
Not everyone dtinks so a tea or coffee at one of the stops would have been welcomed served with a sweet slice even better.

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“This is AMAZING”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you wanted to have a bad night, you could easily find a few faults - slow to leave, ordinary meal but this is an amazing experience - if you love REAL music , not fake synthetic lip sync perfect music, you have to make this trip to Queenscliff.
The train is old but so much fun - 4 different carriages each with its own band / singer / musos.
Each had their own personality and style - all wonderful
Different bands appear through the year but it was amazing to hear Phil Manning, one of Australia's finest blues guitarists.
Had heard of Fiona Boyes but never seen her - she is a knockout.
I'm sure it is the same on any trip - so much talent and one of the best nights you will ever have.
Apart from the music though, we loved the train trip - a full moon and watching the swans in the Swan Bay wetlands.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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“Blues Train Birthday Treat”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Awesome from start to finish...will be returning! The musicians were incredible. What a journey, a different band in each carriage, lots of dancing, smiling, drinking and laughing. A truly brilliant Saturday night out.

Visited January 2013
Thank AndrewRussell
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