As a belated birthday present for Jairah, our train obsessed boy, we took a ride on Puffing Billy. Â For those of you who are not familiar, Puffing Billy (well actually I think there are at least 3 different Puffing Billy engines) is a steam train that runs between Belgrave and Gembrook in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. Â Sunday was a most glorious day weather wise, perfect for enjoying a train ride, which meant every other person had the same idea, as we ended up waiting an hour and a half to buy tickets! Â Thankfully the kids handled it well and were still excited by the time we got on the train. Â I love the fact that you can still sit on the edge of the train carriages and dangle your legs over the side while the train is moving. Â The girls happily hung out the side of the train all the way to Emerald. Â We hopped off at Emerald and headed off for ice cream and a play in the park. Â Our return trip to Belgrave was just as fun and the kids had the best time.
I can highly recommend going on the train, although if you are catching the train from Belgrave on the weekend in the warmer months, be prepared to wait. Â Otherwise consider catching it from Gembrook, Emerald or Lakeside Emerald, as the wait is generally not as long there. Â It is suitable for all ages and you will be assured of having fun and the scenery is just gorgeous. Â It is volunteer run and they are all so enthusiastic about their roles which I think adds a little magic to the whole experience.