PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY
THEPUFFING BILLY departs from the village of Belgrave, about 40km east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges. Open daily except Christmas Day, the scenic journey takes 90 minutes. Built in the early 1900s, the Puffing Billy connected Belgrave and Gembrook (24km) and was active until a landslide blocked the track in 1953, forcing its closure. Dedicated train historians formed the Puffing Billy Preservation Society, which led to the reopening of the line in stages between 1962 and 1998. The Puffing Billy is a genuine relic of more leisurely days, offering a chance to step back in time as it travels through the temperate rainforest, surrounded by lush fern gullies and towering mountain ash trees.