Frequently Asked Questions For The Perfect Weekend

Accommodation

Where can I stay in the area?

Visit the Play and Stay page for a range of accommodation providers in the area that work closely with us.

These providers will even take care of your Blues Train tickets too!

For a full listing of accommodation options in the Queenscliff/Point Lonsdale area, visit the Borough of Queenscliffe Accommodation Directory or contact the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre on 03 5258 4843

There are also some fantastic private Airbnb’s in the area, have a look for something different.

All About It

When does The Blues Train run?

​The Blues Train runs most weekends between August and May. Please see the Show Dates page for shows on sale.

Where can I party afterwards?

​Just 5 minutes walk away is the Queenscliff Brewhouse, open most nights until late.

There is a nightclub at the Barwon Heads Hotel, about 15 km away.

Geelong also has many nightclubs and bars open until the wee hours of the morning, 30 minutes drive away.

When is the next Blues Train?

Please visit the Show Dates page for all upcoming Blues Train shows.

The Blues Train is also available for private and corporate hires at other times, such as weddings, conferences and birthdays. Contact Us to enquire about booking your own Blues Train for your special occasion.

The Blues Train and QMF – what is the difference?

​The Blues Train is a licensed, over 18’s dinner and show.

Over the Queenscliff Music Festival weekend, an an all ages, all styles of music, 40 minute train ride operates.

Will I be on a steam train?

​Whilst we would love to operate a steam train on every show, it is at the discretion of the Bellarine Railway as to the type of engine is used at any given time.

Generally a steam locomotive will be used if available, however due to the nature of heritage machinery mechanical issues, restoration and scheduled maintenance will impact on the ability to utilise steam.

On a day of total fire ban, a heritage diesel engine will be in operation.

Please note that should a diesel engine be used, no prior notification will be given and refunds do not apply.

Who looks after the steam trains?

​All the locomotives and rolling stock used on The Blues Train is maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Bellarine Railway.

For more information on the locomotives and rolling stock used on The Blues Train, to learn more about the Bellarine Railway, or to volunteer your services please visit www.bellarinerailway.com.au

What is the dress code?

You can wear whatever you like on the Blues Train (almost)!

Dress for a celebration, or just wear your favourite old jeans.

It is important to note:

  • Stilettos are not recommended
  • No workwear (hi-vis, boots, drill pants etc)
  • No thongs, singlets, hats or board shorts
  • No Club colours (at any time)
  • No sportswear
  • No football jumpers

Keep in mind that you will be out until almost midnight, so it will be much colder when you are going home than when you leave the house. Also keep in mind that during the stops (three times during the evening, when you change carriages, refill at the bar, have a smoke and use the toilets) you will be outdoors for about 15 minutes while our security staff check and clean carriages.

Even on the coldest night, the carriages get quite warm and on the hottest night, the carriages can be very hot, as they are not air conditioned. Layers are a good idea! Please note that there is limited cover at Drysdale and almost none at Suma Park, so if its a rainy evening, a waterproof jackets are a good idea.

What time does The Blues Train start & finish?

Gates open at 6:00pm. The event commences at 6.45pm and concludes at approximately 11:30pm.​

Getting There

How do we get to The Blues Train?

The Blues Train departs and returns to the Queenscliff Railway Station located on the corner of Hesse and Symonds Street, Queenscliff.

Following are a range of transportation options you may consider:

GETTING TO THE EVENT ON THE NIGHT

It’s a very good idea to catch a taxi home after your night on the Blues Train. Due to high demand, you should definitely book ahead and reconfirm your booking. If you’re coming with a large group of friends you should consider booking a bus. The following local businesses offer tour bus charter services for groups of all sizes.

  • Beacon Bus Tours & ChartersThis Point Lonsdale-based company offers a door-to-door service to The Blues Train. Buses are timed to arrive at Queenscliff Railway Station at approximately 6.30, with pickup and return times dependent on passenger numbers and locations. Bookings are essential.P: (03) 5258 1133
    E: info@beacontours.com.au
  • Uber
    Book a ride on the Uber app on your mobile device.Note: you must have an Uber account to make a booking.
  • Bellarine Taxi Network
    The Bellarine Taxi Network is a locally based taxi service.Regular taxis can be unreliable on a Saturday night. Bookings essential. We recommend reconfirming your booking on the night Phone: 13 22 11
  • Geelong Maxicab Fleet
    Pre-booking advised.Phone: 03 5278 5785.To carry more than four passengers, or for wheelchair accessible taxis, call the Geelong Maxi Fleet.Phone: 131 008
  • VIP Bus
    *** A new luxury VIP BUS is NOW in Geelong ***Seats 30 people, Big Flat Screen TV, Perimeter Seating, Huge Touch Screen Sound System, Air Con, Toilet.P: 0407 342 368
    E: info@vipbus.com.au
    W: www.vipbus.com.au
  • Geelong and Surfcoast Limo Bus
    Geelong and Surfcoast Limo Bus provides you with a luxury service at a most affordable price. Its not like the traditional limousine, however for a bus it comes very close.Phone: 0466 498 663
    Web: www.limotours.com.au
  • Bayside Coaches (services travelling from Melbourne)
    Melbourne-based Bayside Coaches specialise in providing the very best in modern, safe, flexible and accommodating coach travel for  groups of various sizes.Phone: 03 9532 2115
    Web: www.baysidecorporate.com.au
  • Christians Bus Company
    Christians has been operating for 30 years and has a local base in Ocean Grove.Phone: 1300 722 191
    Web: www.christiansbus.com.au
  • Wallaby Minibus Hire
    Operating out of Geelong.Phone: (03) 5243 0677
    Email: rentals@wallaby.com.au
  • McHarrys Coach Charter
    With a range of vehicles to suit groups of different sizes.Phone: (03) 5223 2111
    Web: www.mcharrys.com.au/charter.htmlNote: Buses should depart at approximately 4.30pm from Melbourne and about 5.30pm from Geelong in order to get to the Blues Train on time. On the return trip you would arrive at roughly 12.30am in Geelong and 1.30am in Melbourne.
  • Ballarat Gold Bus
    Ballarat-based bus service.Phone: (03) 5335 5005
    Web: http://www.goldbus.com.au Note: The Ballarat Gold Bus service terminates at Geelong Station to which you will then have to seek alternate transport to Queenscliff

Getting to Queenscliff on public transport

If you want to take public transport, you can catch a train to Geelong and then a connecting bus from Geelong to Queenscliff. You’ll need to make arrangements to stay overnight in Queenscliff or nearby as services don’t run late enough for you to get all the way back to Melbourne on public transport after the event.

Take a train

VLine operates rail services from Melbourne and regional Victoria to Geelong. A connecting bus service to Queenscliff is then required. Timetable and ticket information are available from V/Line.
Phone: (03) 5226 6491
Web: www.vline.com.au

Catch a connecting bus

McHarry’s Bus Company operates regular bus links between Geelong train station and Queenscliff. Timetable and ticket information are available from McHarrys.

McHarry’s Buslines
Phone: (03) 5223 2111
Web: www.mcharrys.com.au

Ballarat Gold Bus

Ballarat-based bus service.
Phone: (03) 5335 5005
Web: http://www.goldbus.com.au 

Note: The Ballarat Gold Bus service terminates at Geelong Station to which you will then have to seek alternate transport to Queenscliff

GETTING TO QUEENSCLIFF BY CAR

Queenscliff is a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Here’s how you go:

  • if you’re coming from the city, the east or the southeast, make your way to the Westgate Freeway
  • if you’re coming from the west or the north, take the Western Ring Road heading west
  • then take the Princes Freeway to Geelong
  • stay on the main road in Geelong and you’ll see signs for Queenscliff, which will take you along the Bellarine Highway
  • alternatively, from Geelong you can take the Geelong-Portarlington Road.

Travelling from interstate? Rental car agencies can be found at airports and city centres.

 

GETTING TO QUEENSCLIFF BY FERRY

The car and passenger ferry from Sorrento is the best way to get to Queenscliff from the Mornington Peninsula. Ferries depart every hour on the hour from each side between 7am and 6pm and the journey takes 40 minutes.

Costs vary according to the type of vehicle and number of passengers.

Once you arrive in Queenscliff, it’s a short 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal to the Queenscliff train station. If walking is not an option, prebook a taxi or charter bus.

Peninsula Searoad Transport
Phone: (03) 5258 3244
Web: www.searoad.com.au


Private boat charters

Alternatively, you might like to think about chartering your own boat to travel to Queenscliff for the Blues Train. The Queenscliff Vistor Information Centre can provide details of charter boat operators in the area.

Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (03) 5258 4843
Email: info.centre@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au
Web: 
www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

GETTING TO QUEENSCLIFF BY AIR

Getting to Queenscliff from interstate is an easy task with two major airports located within one and a half hours of town.

Avalon Aiport, located 45 minutes from Queenscliff is serviced by Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

Melbourne International Airport, serviced by all major airlines, is a 90-minute drive from Queenscliff via the Western Ring Road, Princes Freeway and Bellarine Highway.

Shuttle bus services and car rentals are available from both airports.

Gift Vouchers

What are your Gift Card terms and conditions?

Click here to read our full terms and conditions for Gift Cards.

I have money left on my Gift Card

Gift Cards each have a set value, determined by the Gift Card purchased, generally $50, $100, $150 and $200.

This may or may not be equal to, higher or lower than the ticket price.

Your Gift Card may be used to make purchases up to the Card Value.

If you wish to make a purchase for an amount that exceeds the Remaining Card Value, you must pay the excess using another payment method (ie credit card).

Should you have credit left on your card (ie you had a $150 gift card and purchased 1 ticket for $120: 150-120=$30 remaining) you may use this towards future ticket purchases on The Blues Train, future Gift Card purchases or merchandise purchases (online prior to the event).

Remaining Card Value may not be used to purchase items at the event (ie beverages). 

No change will be given: any remaining balance on the card can only be used in whole or part against future purchases. Any remaining balance may be used up to the expiry date printed on your gift card.

 

Why are some Gift Cards more expensive than a ticket?

Gift Cards each have a set value, determined by the Gift Card purchased, this may or may not be equal to, higher or lower than the ticket price.

Your Gift Card may be used to make purchases up to the Card Value. If you wish to make a purchase for an amount that exceeds the Remaining Card Value, you must pay the excess using another payment method.

No change will be given: any remaining balance on the card can only be used in whole or part against future purchases. Any remaining balance may be used up to the expiry date printed on your gift card.

Remaining Card Value may not be used to purchase items at the event (ie beverages). It may only be used to purchase items prior to the event online via our ticketing system (tickets and merchandise)

How do I find out what’s available?

For ticket availability, see our Show Dates page.

I have a group of friends some of who have cards

Gift cards can be redeemed at the same time as purchasing additional tickets.

See our “How do I redeem a Gift Card” FAQ for details.

How long before my gift card expires?

Standard Gift Cards are valid for 12 months.

Venue Resolution Gift Cards (cards issued at the event) are generally valid for up to 4 months.

Expiry dates are clearly printed on your card.

Do I need to travel before my card(s) expire?

You DO NOT need to travel on The Blues Train by the expiry date printed on your gift card(s). HOWEVER, you MUST have redeemed your gift card for a specific show by the expiry date.

How do I redeem my card(s)?

 

BLUES TRAIN GIFT CARD

If you have a Blues Train Gift Card (see below), simply visit the Show Dates page, select your tickets and enter your redemption code in the box on checkout. The value on your gift card will be deducted from the total amount owing.

Blues Train Gift Cards redeemable online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s a Blues Train Gift Card?

Why not purchase a Gift Card for your family and friends for the unique experience that is The Blues Train!

Perfect for that special someone, Blues Train Gift Cards give the recipient the CHOICE of when they wish to travel on Australia’s unique music experience.

Blues Train gift cards are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

To purchase visit the Gift Card page

Group Bookings & Functions

Is there a special price for groups of 20 or more?

We offer a discount for groups of 20 or more people. See our Tickets and Bookings page for details and pricing.

Can I bring a birthday cake or other special treats for my guests?

We strongly discourage groups from bringing birthday cakes on The Blues Train. In our experience cakes often end up in the carpets and require extensive cleaning by the volunteers of the Bellarine Railway.

Should you wish to bring a birthday cake, a $50 fee will be charged and in turn donated to the Bellarine Railway to cover any cleaning required.

NO FEE IS INCURRED FOR INDIVIDUAL CUPCAKES – we encourage you to bring cupcakes!

If you plan to bring a cake for a birthday party, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly — either contact us or call 1300 885 993.

Please also note that the Blues Train is a fully licensed event and there is NO BYO. The T-bar opens at 6.30pm at Queenscliff Station, is open at each of the three stops during the night and closes after the final stop.

Is The Blues Train available for Hens or Bucks nights?

We do not, as a rule, accept bookings for hens or bucks nights. Unfortunately we have had problems ensuing from excess alcohol consumption prior to arrival at the train, which has resulted in safety issues. We are committed to ensuring ALL our guests have a good time on The Blues Train and so our concern with hens and bucks nights is that they have a high chance of interfering with the comfort and safety of our other Blues Train patrons travelling in the carriage with the hen/buck group.

Please note that should a hens or bucks party book tickets to The Blues Train, management reserves the right to refuse entry or eject the party from the premises. Please note as well that in this instance, there will be NO refunds or exchanges.

Merchandise

Do you sell artist cds?

You can check the Artist page for artists’ websites if you want to buy a CD of one of our fantastic Blues Train musos. Many artists offer a mail-order service from their websites. Many of the musicians also have CDs for purchase on the night.

Can I buy a souvenir?

There is a range of merchandise available before, during and after the show.

Our online shop also stocks a limited range of merchandise. Visit baycityevents.com.au/store/

Music

How can my act apply to perform on The Blues Train?

VICTORIAN ACTS:

Applications to perform on The Blues Train can be made via www.reverbnation.com/venue/thebluestrain.

Have a look at the Artists on our website and see if you think what you do would fit in with our artistic vision.

Also you may want to list where you have been playing regularly and where a representative could come and see your live act.

We have NEVER booked a Victorian act that we haven’t seen play live!

 

INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL ACTS:

Applications to perform on The Blues Train can be made via www.reverbnation.com/venue/thebluestrain

Have a look at the Artists on our website and see if you think what you do would fit in with our artistic vision.

What if i’m not into the Blues?

Don’t worry! Many of The Blues Train patrons don’t know their blues from their oranges; all you need to know is how to have a rocking good time.

See our Reviews section to read what other people have said about the Blues Train

Packages & Specials

How do I get access to special offers and packages?

To gain access to:

Safety & Access On The Blues Train

What are your terms & conditions?

Follow this link to read our Terms and Conditions

What do you do about safety?

All patrons are given a safety briefing at the commencement of the event.

The Blues Train provides safety ramps as a courtesy and they are available on each carriage, although this is not a prerequisite of railway operations, so you may need to mind the gap when embarking and disembarking. We have security guards on all carriages at all times. Please ask for assistance from security personnel if required.

View Terms and Conditions/Safety information

And finally, if your question hasn’t been answered here, please email us for an answer

Does The Blues Train have access for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility?

We do have wheelchair access, however due to the age of the train carriages and the width of the doors and arrangement of fixed seating, mobility can be limited.

The following are measurements of door and aisle widths of carriages used for The Blues Train:

  • Carriage A
    Door: 0.65m wide
    Aisle: 0.4m wide
  • Carriage B
    Door: 0.65m wide
    Aisle: 0.4m wide
  • Carriage C
    Door: 0.65m wide
    Aisle: 0.4m wide
  • Carriage D
    Door: 0.65m wide
    Aisle: 2.1m wide

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will do our very best to ensure you have an enjoyable Blues Train.

The Blues Train provides safety ramps as a courtesy and they are available on each carriage, although this is not a prerequisite of railway operations, so please ask for for assistance from our security personnel if required when boarding and disembarking from the train. Security personnel can also assist with mobility while in the carriage.

For people who are accompanied by professional carers, we can organise a discount ticket for the accompanying carer (but not the person being accompanied). Information on this can be obtained by contacting us.

There are wheel-chair access toilets at all stops.

Is there an age restriction to ride The Blues Train?

The Blues Train is a licensed event. You must be 18 or over. It is not suitable for babies or children of any age and people younger than 18 are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Do I need to bring practical shoes?

Yes – you may need to walk on uneven ground and grass during the stops, so practical shoes are recommended. Also, keep in mind that the train rocks as it moves, and particularly in the dance carriage, people can be unsteady on their feet. We strongly advise you to avoid wearing open-toed shoes and stilettos, for your own sake, as well as your travelling companions! Please note patrons wearing thongs, crocs, Birkenstock style shoes WILL NOT be permitted entry to the event.

Can we bring our baby or small child?

The Blues Train is a fully licensed event, so you must be 18 or over to travel. This means that no babes-in-arms and/or small children will be admitted.

Can I smoke during the night?

There will be opportunities to smoke in the open-air area of the platforms at the start and breaks/changeovers during the event. You are not allowed to smoke in or on the Blues Train. You’ll probably be too busy dancing and drinking and partying with your friends to notice!

Seating

Does The Blues Train have access for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility?

See the Safety and Access section

Will I be with my friends?

The Blues Train is ticketed in a similar manner to most theatrical events, i.e. ticket allocation is divided by sections (in our case, carriages). Whilst individual seats in the carriages themselves are not allocated, the start carriage (and therefore the group of people you will be with for the rest of the evening as you progress to subsequent carriages) is allocated at the time of purchase. Therefore, it is essential that when booking, if you want to be with other people who have already purchased tickets, or who are planning to purchase tickets, you know which carriage they are starting in (i.e. A, B, C or D, indicated on their ticket) and also that you ensure that you buy available tickets for that carriage.

If you buy tickets in a different start carriage to your friends, just as with any other event, there is very little we can do on the night. You may be able to find some people to swap tickets for another start carriage, but we leave this strictly to you.

If you realise more than one month prior to the show that you have tickets in a different carriage to your friend, you can contact us on 1300 885 993 and we may be able to help you if sufficient tickets are available in another carriage. (Fees and charges may apply).

What carriage will I be in?

The tickets indicate the carriage in which you will begin the journey.

The ticket system will start selling from Carriage A. If you want your allocation to be A, B, C, D you will need to book early.

This does not mean you can’t choose the carriage you want to be in as your start carriage as long as there are seats available for sale in that section, i.e. you can choose to start in Carriage D.

Everyone swaps carriages at the stops. The carriage orders are as follows:

Carriage A is a 48-seat dining car

Carriage B is a 52-seat car with no dining tables

Carriage C is a 52-seat dining car with a small dance floor

Carriage D is a dancing car with a stage and approximately 30 seats (capacity 52).

Please note these are General Admission tickets. It is vital to book tickets under one surname in one transaction, otherwise you may be allocated separate carriages. So, remember, if you want to be together, book tickets in one hit! There are no refunds, see our Terms and Conditions.

Do we have a seat?

You will have the opportunity to sit at all times during the show. The actual seats are not allocated. All carriages have seats for every patron, except the D (dance) carriage, which has seating for 35 along the sides.

Your ticket gives you an allocated start carriage, and your subsequent carriage order after that.

During the event, you will spend time in each of the four carriages. Each carriage on The Blues Train is different. Some have booths with tables, some facing bench seats, while carriage D has seating along the sides to keep the centre space clear for dancing.

Due to health and safety regulations, each carriage can carry a maximum of 52 passengers, and this limit is strictly adhered to, so carriages are never over-full.

How many seats are available for each train?

Each carriage holds approximately 52 people; capacity is 208 people.

Tickets sell starting from Carriage A. So, if you want your allocation to be A, B, C, D you will need to book early.

This does not mean you can’t choose the carriage you want to be in as your start carriage as long as there are seats available in that section, i.e. you can start in Carriage D and work your way back from there. Everyone still swaps carriages at the stops. Everyone sees the same show.

The carriage orders are as follows:

  • Start Carriage A – B, C end in Carriage D
  • Start Carriage B – C, D end in Carriage A
  • Start Carriage C – D, A end in Carriage B
  • Start Carriage D – A, B end in Carriage C

Carriage A is a 48-seat dining car

Carriage B is a 52-seat car

Carriage C is a 52-seat dining car with a small dance floor

Carriage D is a dancing car with a stage and approximately 30 seats (capacity 52).

It is still essential, as with any event, to purchase all tickets in one transaction under one surname. However, as the individual seats in the carriage are not numbered, you can purchase extra tickets if they are available in your chosen start carriage – as long as you make sure that whoever books the extra tickets books in the same carriage.

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What do I get for subscribing to the website?

Subscription to The Blues Train website is free, with a range of benefits available to subscribers:

  • Advance notification of on-sale dates and line-ups.
  • Exclusive pre-sale and discount ticket offers
  • Subscriber only carriages and special offers
  • The monthly All Aboard e-newsletter
  • Competitions
  • Latest information about The Blues Train

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The Bar

Can we put some money behind the bar (run a tab)?

If you have a large group you can organise to put some money behind the bar. We require four weeks’ notice, as we allocate a dedicated staff member to serve you. The money is payable in cash at the beginning of the night. (We will advise you during the night on the status of your credit, and you may or may not wish to put extra funds behind the bar if required).

As a guide, we suggest allocating $35 a head (plus GST) to cover base beer, wine and soft drinks. For those wanting premium beer and wine included as well, we suggest $40 a head (plus GST). For an open  bar (all beverages stocked) we suggest $45 a head (plus GST). Wristbands will be supplied to all of your group members so they can be clearly identified.

We also suggest adding a few ice buckets and stubby holders to your tab to enable your group to keep their drinks cold. These are costed at $15 and $5 respectively and are yours to keep at the end of the show.

Bar tabs are payable in cash or credit card on the night. Cheque and EFT are accepted a minimum 7 days prior to the show. Please note credit cards incur a 1.95% fee charged on top of your taqb amount.  If paying by credit card on the night, you will be required to leave your card and drivers licence with our bar until the account is settled.

We will advise the credit remaining throughout the night, should the tab run low, you may have the option to increase the limit. If the tab was paid by cash, you will need to bring some extra cash as we do not run accounts. Any remaining credit on your tab is returned to you at the conclusion  of the show (if pre-paid or paid in cash) along with an electronic receipt and breakdown of your tab.

Please note our policy on consumption of alcohol prior to the event:
We encourage groups to enjoy themselves whilst on The Blues Train, however please be aware that this is a licensed event and Responsible Service of Alcohol applies. We recommend any groups travelling to the event consume light ales and non-alcoholic beverages only prior to arrival. Anyone deemed intoxicated upon arrival may not be permitted entry to the event.

Putting money behind the bar in no way guarantees service of any patron.

This is a consumption tab, where you are charged only for what you consume – ie not a “all inclusive package”.

To setup a Bar Tab:

Can I pay for my drinks with credit card or by EFTPOS?

The T-Bar is a CASH ONLY bar. We are unable to process credit cards or EFTPOS transactions.

Where do we buy our drinks?

The Blues Train operates a bar at each stop with a range of drinks at reasonable prices. There is strictly NO BYO.

NOTE: The bar is cash only. We do not have credit or EFTPOS facilities. The T Bar opens at 6.15, the event begins at 6.45 and ends at approximately 11.15pm.

Can we BYO?

There is no BYO on The Blues Train; it is a condition of entry, and is also printed on your ticket. We reserve the right to request you to display the contents of bags at any point during the event. The no BYO policy includes all liquid beverages, i.e. bottled water, soft drinks, thermoses, coffee and tea, etc.

All baggage must be presented for inspection by security upon entry and exit from the event. No alcohol may be removed from the platform at the conclusion of the show (ie. you can’t take it home with you). Any unopened beverages will be refunded at the bar.

Due to health and safety regulations we need to ensure that all food and drinks consumed during the event are controlled by us. We are committed to responsible service of alcohol and we keep our drinks prices at what we believe are reasonable prices, equivalent to that of a public bar.

Under current liquor licensing act, a free glass of water is available at the bar upon request.

What drinks do you stock?

BEER & CIDER

  • Furphy – $8
    Furphy is a new, refreshing ale that is Geelong born and brewed from 100% Victorian ingredients. The first sip is clean and crisp, with a subtle balance of fruit and malt to keep it interesting. The finish is smooth and pleasantly refreshing. www.furphybeer.com.au
  • James Boags Premium Light – $6
    Staying true to its full-strength counterpart, James Boag’s Premium Light is a full flavoured light beer with a smooth, pleasant bitterness. The aroma is clean and fresh with a malty, fruit character.
  • James Boags Draught – $6
    Boag’s Draught is a full-bodied lager with smooth hop bitterness and a crisp, refreshing finish. Our master brewers use the finest fresh ingredients Tasmania has to offer, including top quality malts and Pride of Ringwood hops.
  • 5 Seeds Apple Cider – $7
    5 Seeds Crisp Apple Cider is a wonderfully refreshing Cider with flavoursome apple characteristics coming through in both the aroma and flavour.

WINE – BY THE GLASS

  • Jack Rabbit  Sauvignon Blanc
  • Jack Rabbit Pinot Noir

First Glass includes a souvenir wine glass – $14
Refills – $8

WINE – WHITE

  • House White – Lady Day Chardonnay – $30
    Medium yellow-green; a solid wine with good fruit and oak balance on the bouquet; the palate is well balanced, showing light melon and peach fruit.
  • Bee Bop Pond Sparkling NV Brut  – $30
    A very refreshing, easy drinking sparkling wine displaying fresh, fruit flavours and a creamy palate with a crisp, clean finish. Ideal for any occasion.
  • Nine Yards & Counting Pinot Grigio – $36 (by local Leura Park Winery)
    This classic Grigio exudes just ripe pear, slivers of citrus and crunchy apple. Thrilling in the mouth with lip smacking flavour and intense acidity, the wine finishes fresh, crisp and clean.
  • Jack Rabbit  Sauvignon Blanc – $36 (by local Jack Rabbit Vineyard)
    A sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc displaying characters of freshly cut hay and hints of hessian amidst a delicate symphony of playful citrus notes. Savour the delightful balance, crispy acid structure and lovely finish which embraces lingering grapefruit, lemon myrtle and savoury tannins.
    www.jackrabbitvineyard.com.au


WINE – RED

  • HOUSE RED – Muddy Water Merlot – $30
    Medium red-purple; the bouquet has a mix of juicy berry fruit and slightly chippy oak,and finishes with a fruit driven mouthful.
  • Nine Yards and Counting Shiraz – $36 (by local Leura Park Winery)
    Estate grown.  Cherry, blackberry and mocha notes.  Medium  bodied wine with rich blackberry, spice and subtle cinnamon flavours and a great balance between the fruit richness and some savoury characters;  the wine finishing with some dusty tannins.  A wine to be enjoyed with food offering ripe tannins and balanced acidity which complement richer red meat dishes.
  • Jack Rabbit Pinot Noir – $36 (by local Jack Rabbit Vineyard)
    Dense red in colour, fading to rose pink on the rim.  The nose has pronounced Pinot Noir varietal characteristics of ripe blackberry and cherries alongside warm, earthy aromas.  Palate notations feature elegant tar, game and rose petal components.  Slight toasty oak, soft but healthy tannins on the length and a pleasant, acidic finish ensure a wine of superior balance and enjoyment.
    www.jackrabbitvineyard.com.au
    95/100- James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
  • Jack Rabbit Cabernet Shiraz – $42 (by local Jack Rabbit Winery)
    Nestled in the Bellarine Hills with unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne, Jack Rabbit Winery produces a rich, diverse stable of sophisticated cool climate wines. An indulgent cool climate blend of two signature varietals. Savour this elegant medium bodied diva whose daring aromatic persona of chicory, ripened blood plum and cassis transcends to divulge a soft inner soul of chocolate, leather and rich, succulent fruit. The shiraz influence is reflected by a voluptuous mid palate which also reveals cheeky hints of pepper and wood spice. Silky tannin structure and sumptuous reflections of pampering in premium French oak ensure the palate’s journey is luxuriant. www.jackrabbitvineyard.com.au
  • Yublong Cabernet Sauvignon – $48 (by local Leura Park Winery)
    Geelong Grown. The fruit for the Yublong Cabernet was hand-picked, de-stemmed then fermented in small open batches. Nurtured in fine French oak for 10 months, the wine was bottled without fining.
  • Dark, opulent red in colour. Black currant, chocolate and plum dominate the nose followed by secondary hints of cedar, rosemary and mocha. The wine has great depth and intensity yet manages to retain a beguiling delicacy. The finish is one of fine, savoury tannins and balanced acidity. Enjoy now of long into the future.

SPIRITS

  • Bulleit Bourbon & Cola – $9
  • Johnny Walker Scotch & Cola – $9
  • Smirnoff Vodka and Lemon – $9
  • Vodka & Orange UDL – $9
  • Captain Morgan Rum & Cola – $9

NON-ALCOHOLIC

  • Water – $3
  • Pepsi – $4
  • Pepsi Max – $4
  • Sparkling Water with Lime – $4
  • Solo – $4

The Meal

Do I have to eat a meal?

A meal is included in the event ticket.

Most of our food is gluten free and limited vegetarian food is available onsite, depending on the season.

We are happy to provide special meals for people on a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, coeliac or specific allergen diet upon request, or who may have a medical condition precluding our standard menu items.

To avoid disappoinment, please call our caterers a minimum of 7 days prior to the show to discuss your special requirements. Be ready to give your travel date and your start carriage (indicated on your ticket) and your special meal will be waiting for you on the night. (There’s no extra charge for special meals.)

Please email Bellarine Catering info@bellarinecatering.com.au (preferred contact method), or phone Lana on 0403 939 709.

In the event you arrive on site and refuse to eat a meal (unless agreed in writing with the promoter), the promoter reserves the right to restrict or refuse consumption of alcohol as part of the event’s Responsible Service of Alcohol policy, as this is an promoted dinner and show event.

Is there a kiosk selling snacks & souvenirs?

At the halfway point of the journey, the Bellarine Railway volunteers open the Drysdale kiosk, where you can purchase tea and coffee, ice creams, souvenirs etc. The Blues Train arrives at Drysdale at approximately 9.30 pm and departs at 10.00 pm. Please note that these snacks are not included in your Blues Train ticket price, but any profits raised from their sales go to the Bellarine Railway.

Where do we eat?

Everyone starting in the D carriage will be seated for their meal – 37 in the D carriage and 15 at reserved dining tables in the alcove. Those dining in the alcove join the carriage prior to departure.

Carriages A and C have dining tables.

Carriage B is a passenger car. Those starting in the B carriage will eat their dinner on lap tables/trays. Unfortunately Carriage B does not have dining tables.

Do you have vegetarian, gluten-free or special diet meals?

Most of our food is gluten free and limited vegetarian food is available onsite, depending on the season.

We are happy to provide special meals for people on a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, coeliac or specific allergen diet upon request.

To avoid disappoingment, please call our caterers a minimum of 7 days prior to the show to discuss your special requirements. Be ready to give your travel date and your start carriage (indicated on your ticket) and your special meal will be waiting for you on the night. (There’s no extra charge for special meals.)

Please email Bellarine Catering info@bellarinecatering.com.au (preferred contact method), or phone Lana on 0403 939 709.

What meals are served on The Blues Train?

There are two menus served on The Blues Train depending on the time of year:

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS MENU

  • Slow cooked and pulled Cape Byron Angus Beef in a blues inspired sauce. (GF)
  • Creamy oven baked mustard chicken breast (GF)
  • Fresh Seasonal Tossed leaf salad with a zesty dressing (GF)
  • Spinach Feta and Bacon Pasta salad in a fresh basil pesto (GF)
  • Summer Inspired coleslaw in a creamy dressing (GF)
  • Roast Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad w/ feta, bacon and toasted pine nuts (GF)
  • Pea and cucumber rice salad with a tangy dressing (GF)
  • Oven baked jacket potato

Condiments include gluten-free gravy (MSG free), a range of American mild, medium and hot BBQ sauces, seeded mustard, mango chutney, tabasco hot sauce, sour cream, salt & pepper.

Our meals are accompanied by fresh dinner rolls (no gluten free) with easy spread butter, and served on china plates with stainless steel cutlery. Two-ply napkins are provided.

NON DAYLIGHT SAVING MENU

  • Fresh seasonal greens, steamed onsite
  • Slow cooked and pulled Cape Byron Angus Beef in a blues inspired sauce. (GF)
  • Creamy oven baked mustard chicken breast (GF)
  • Fresh Seasonal Tossed leaf salad with a zesty dressing (GF)
  • Roast Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad w/ feta, bacon and toasted pine nuts (GF)
  • Cauliflower, broccoli and roast pumpkin cheese bake (GF)
  • Crunchy winter Coleslaw

Condiments include gluten-free gravy (MSG free),a range of American mild, medium and hot BBQ sauces, tabasco hot sauce, seeded mustard, mango chutney, sour cream, , salt & pepper.

Our meals are accompanied by fresh dinner rolls (not gluten free) with easy spread butter, and served on china plates with stainless steel cutlery. Two-ply napkins are provided.

Nb. All menu items (unless specified are Gluten Free)

PLEASE NOTE INGREDIENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE- PLEASE CONTACT CATERERS IF YOU HAVE ANY ALLERGIES ON info@bellarinecatering.com.au OR 0403 939 709

ALL ITEMS MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS AND ARE NOT GURANTEED 100% NUT FREE AS NUT PRODUCTES ARE USED IN THE KITCHEN. EVERY REASONABLE EFFORT IS MADE TO MINIMISE NUT CONTAMINATION

ANY CONCERNS REGARDING ANY DIETARY REQUIREMENTS OR ALLERGIES PLEASE CONTACT OUR CATERS DIRECT ON info@bellarinecatering.com.au OR 0403 939 709

Ticket Availability

What tickets do you have available?

See our Show Dates page for ticket availability.

Ticketing

What are your terms & conditions?

Follow this link to read our Terms & Conditions

Do you have gift vouchers?

Yes we do! For more information see the Gift Vouchers FAQ section

Do you have discount tickets for Companion Card holders?

For people wishing to ride on the Blues Train who require professional carers, we can offer a discount ticket for one accompanying carer (Companion Card holder). We cannot offer the carer’s ticket completely free, as we must cover the cost of the meal and the railway trip.

Note: The primary ticket purchaser needs to purchase their ticket at full price. This discounted rate is only for the companion. Both tickets must be booked together. These must be booked via the Blues Train booking line on 1300885993 or contact us. Customers are advised to contact us a minimum one month in advance of the event to make arrangements for ease of entry and assistance.

We have wheelchair access on the Blues Train, however due to the age of the heritage train carriages and the width of the doorways and arrangement of fixed seats, mobility can be limited. Please refer to our FAQ specifically about wheelchair access.

View our Safety information and Terms and Conditions

How do I sell any spare tickets?

Post your details on our Ticket Exchange (www.tickets.thebluestrain.com.au).

Should you have 5+ tickets to sell, please contact our office on 1300 885 993 or contact us

Remember you can sell your tickets for any amount not exceeding the face value.

Follow this link to read our Terms and Conditions.

What if a train has to be cancelled?

The Blues Train in all it’s years of operation has had very few cancelled shows as the train runs rain, hail or shine and is only cancelled under extreme circumstances. In the event of a show cancellation we will make every attempt to contact patrons prior to the date, to advise. It’s important to leave a contact phone number and email address when making your ticket purchase.

Will I receive a hard ticket?

Our ticketing centre provides a PDF ticket via email upon purchase. We ask that you print this ticket and bring it with you on the night you are coming on board the train. Please have your printed ticket ready as you approach the gate; it will indicate your starting carriage for the event (eg. A means you will start in carriage A, go on to carriage B, then C and then D). Check that everyone else in your group has the same starting carriage on their ticket. Although there is very little we can do on the night to change carriage allocations, if you realise early enough that you have booked in separate carriages, get in touch and we may be able to accommodate you, depending on availability of seats in other carriages

What carriage will I be in?

The tickets indicate the carriage in which you will begin the journey.

Everyone swaps carriages at the stops. The carriage orders are as follows:

  • Start Carriage A – B, C end in Carriage D
  • Start Carriage B – C, D end in Carriage A
  • Start Carriage C – D, A end in Carriage B
  • Start Carriage D – A, B end in Carriage C

How old do I have to be to ride The Blues Train?

The Blues Train is a licensed event; you must be 18 or over to ride the Blues Train

How does the ticketing & seating system work?

The tickets indicate the carriage in which you will begin the journey and your subsequent carriage order.

This does not mean you can’t choose the carriage you want to be in as your start carriage as long as there are seats available in that section, i.e. you can start in Carriage D and work your way back from there.

It is still essential, as with any event, to purchase all tickets in one transaction under one surname. However, as the individual seats in the carriage are not numbered, you can purchase extra tickets if they are available in your chosen start carriage – as long as you make sure that whoever books the extra tickets books them in the same carriage as your tickets.

The carriage orders are as follows:

  • Start Carriage A – B, C end in Carriage D
  • Start Carriage B – C, D end in Carriage A
  • Start Carriage C – D, A end in Carriage B
  • Start Carriage D – A, B end in Carriage C

Please note tickets are General Admission. It is important to book tickets under one surname in one transaction, otherwise you may be allocated separate carriages. So, remember, if you want to be together, book tickets in one hit!

 Weather & Amenities

Toilets

There are no toilets on The Blues Train – these are located every 30 minutes at each stop. There are public toilets at the Queenscliff Railway Station; public toilets and clean portaloos at Suma Park; and public toilets at Drysdale Station.  Wheelchair-access toilets are available at Queenscliff, Suma Park and Drysdale stations.

Total fire bans

In the event of a total fire ban, The Blues Train is pulled by a diesel engine.

Will I be cold?

Be Prepared – you won’t be cold in the carriages, but you may need a jacket when you exit the train during the breaks. Throughout the winter months, you will be seated in your starting carriage upon arrival and cafe style heaters are placed along the Queenscliff platform to keep the chill at bay whilst receive your meal, visit the bar and depart the show.

What if it rains?

Check the weather forecast and bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella. Please note that there is limited cover at Drysdale and almost none at Suma Park, so if its a rainy evening, waterproof jackets are a good idea. Keep in mind that you will be out until almost midnight, so it will be much colder when you are going home than when you leave the house. Also keep in mind that during the stops (three times during the evening, when you change carriages, refill at the bar, have a smoke and use the toilets) you will be outdoors for about 15 minutes while our security staff check and clean carriages. Even on the coldest night, the carriages get quite warm and on the hottest night, the carriages can be very hot, as they are not air-conditioned. Layers are a good idea!

What is the dress code?

You can wear whatever you like on the Blues Train (almost)!

Dress for a celebration, or just wear your favourite old jeans.

It is important to note:

  • Stilettos are not recommended
  • No workwear (hi-vis, boots, drill pants etc)
  • No thongs, singlets, hats or board shorts
  • No Club colours (at any time)
  • No sportswear
  • No football jumpers

Keep in mind that you will be out until almost midnight, so it will be much colder when you are going home than when you leave the house. Also keep in mind that during the stops (three times during the evening, when you change carriages, refill at the bar, have a smoke and use the toilets) you will be outdoors for about 15 minutes while our security staff check and clean carriages.

Even on the coldest night, the carriages get quite warm and on the hottest night, the carriages can be very hot, as they are not air conditioned. Layers are a good idea! Please note that there is limited cover at Drysdale and almost none at Suma Park, so if its a rainy evening, a waterproof jackets are a good idea.