NileGuide Expert Says:
Test your stamina against the steam-driven Puffing Billy train during the 14-kilometer foot race that attracts over 2000 competitors every April. Indulge in Devonshire Tea and fresh, cream-laden scones in one of the many quaint towns near the finish line at Emerald.
1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC, Australia
(03) 9757 0700
Still operating on its original mountain track, this century-old steam train has been providing enjoyment for the young and old for years. Following the track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, it is generally regarded as being one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. The journey will past natural attractions such as Sherbrooke Forest and Menzies Creek as well as quaint historic townships like Emerald and Clematis. Check the website for special events such as "Murder on the Puffing Billy" and "Jazz and on the puffing billy". Visitors can even organize to drive the train under careful supervision. The overall journey lasts for around 2 hours and the service was restored and maintained by volunteers.