Want to have a cracking good time that combines the majesty of vintage trains, breathtaking seaside landscapes, and feasting on delicious bites? Read on, because we have delved into the best events the Bellarine Railway has to offer, for the young and the young at heart!
The Q Train: A Gastronomic Delight on Rails
Firstly, something for the grown-ups…imagine indulging in a five-course meal while surrounded by the stunning views of the Bellarine Peninsula. That’s precisely what The Q Train offers!
This unique restaurant experience takes place aboard the meticulously refurbished ex-Sunlander train carriages, combining the rich history of rail travel with the finest produce from Geelong, the Bellarine, and the Otways.
The return trip from Drysdale Station to Queenscliff takes three hours with the impressive views of Swan Bay’s protected wetlands and abundant birdlife as the glorious backdrop to your meal.
The Q Train is a family-owned restaurant running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They offer two distinct classes, both with immaculate presentation and exceptional service; a sociable lunch in Q Class or elevate your experience by sharing an intimate First Class compartment with someone special.
To book visit their website at Q Train.
Swan Bay Express Service: A Scenic Journey for the Whole Family
If you’re yearning for a vintage steam train ride that lets the whole family be immersed in the passing panorama, the Swan Bay Express Service is a perfect choice. Departing from the historic Queenscliff Station, this 45-minute round trip takes you along the serene Swan Bay to Lakers Siding and back again.
When you board, you’ll receive an Edmondson ticket as a souvenir, along with a printed Lineside Guide and Spotto Activity Sheet the kids will love. The volunteer Booking Officers are there to assist you, so make sure to check in at the booking office window before hopping on board.
What sets this classic train experience apart is the opportunity to raise your window in the fully enclosed carriage to become part of the scenery. It’s a step back in time for the kids to enjoy the wind on their faces and the clickety clack of the rails.
Trains operate most Sundays, public holidays, and during school holidays, with family specials available. If you’re planning a family or social group outing, you can arrange for Private Carriage Hire. For more details, visit Bellarine Railway.
Day Out With Thomas – Queenscliff: A Classic Family-Friendly Adventure
If you have little ones who adore Thomas the Tank Engine, the Day Out With Thomas event in Queenscliff is a colourful and spectacular train fest. This event promises unlimited Troublesome Truck Rides with Thomas, a 45-minute steam train journey along Swan Bay, and the chance to meet and get a selfie Sir Topham Hatt.
But wait… the fun doesn’t stop there.
You can explore Henry’s Driver’s Cab, visit the Colour Corner, enjoy a miniature Fire Engine Ride, play 9-hole Mini Golf, find your way through a maze, plus take advantage of numerous giveaways and photo opportunities.
It’s an action-packed day of family-friendly entertainment.
To book tickets visit Day Out With Thomas.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride: A Magical Journey Awaits
People of all ages love this classic tale so for a truly enchanting experience, don’t miss THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.
The Bellarine Railway is proud to host this special family event, allowing little and big kids alike to step into the world of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s book in an entirely new way.
Upon arrival at Queenscliff, passengers receive their Golden Ticket, a cherished souvenir for the journey. The Conductor will greet everyone and start the journey, which includes an immersive theatrical experience featuring iconic characters from the story.
Midway, passengers are treated to a chocolatey cold drink and a homemade biscuit served by THE POLAR EXPRESS™ ‘chefs’. Sing along to popular Christmas carols and keep an eye out for the Elves, who will guide you to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Every passenger receives a special memento from Santa, making it a truly magical experience.
To book tickets visit THE POLAR EXPRESS™.
Easter Weekend Extravaganza: Ride the Rails with Easter Bunny
The Bellarine Railway knows how to make every holiday special, and Easter is no exception.
During the Good Friday Appeal Trips, you can enjoy steam train rides at various times throughout the day. This event is a registered RCH fundraising event, with proceeds donated to the RCH Good Friday Appeal.
The Swan Bay Express Service also runs during Easter on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, offering steam train trips. If you’re travelling with little ones, don’t miss the Easter Bunny Specials, which run on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
These events are incredibly popular, so make sure to check for availability and book your spot well in advance at Bellarine Railway.
The Blues Train: On Every Music Lover’s Bucket List
Lastly, something just for the big kids! In the world of blues, every note tells a story and The Blues Train is an absolute must-do experience for music enthusiasts and blues lovers alike.
Each show hosts four exceptional Blues and Roots musicians across four carriages who put on a captivating performance for the passengers swaying along the Bellarine Railway. Starting the night with a southern-inspired meal and ending with a carriage of new friends and great memories ensures the Blues Train is an experience not to be missed.
This one-of-a-kind mini music festival on a steam train brings mates and party-goers together to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, or to simply relish in a fantastic night out. There’s a reason why it’s a bucket list item for many!
To book tickets visit The Blues Train.
Looking for more to do in the region?
Got time to spare while visiting Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula? Why not check out our local wineries after your rail trip:
- Jack Rabbit
- Bellarine Estate Winery
- Bennetts on Bellarine
- Terindah Estate
- Lethbridge @ Hat Rock Vineyard
- Scotchmans Hill Winery
- Leura Park Estate
- Oakdene Vineyards Cellar Door
- Kilgour Wines
- Oneday Estate Winery
- BAIE Wines
- Banks Road Vineyard
- Curlewis Winery
- McGlashan’s Wallington Estate
- Hounds of the Vine Winery
The Bellarine Railway and Bellarine Region offer a wide range of enjoyable and immersive activities. Whether you’re a food & wine enthusiast, a family looking for fun adventures, or a couple seeking a magical dining & rail journey, there’s something for everyone.