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HOT: Day Out With Thomas, Bellarine Railway, Queenscliff

HOT: Day Out with Thomas, Bellarine Railway, Queenscliff

Do you have a little train fan? The Bellarine Railway in Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula is a steam tourist railway in that runs between Queenscliff and Drysdale every Sunday.

There are also special services and entertainment during school holidays, some public holidays and events such as Day Out with Thomas.

Volunteers work tirelessly to keep open the oldest Victorian branch line still in operation.

bellarine railway

The steam trains offer a range of different seating, from the first class private cabins to the ‘cattle-class’ benches.

As the train pulls out of Queenscliff station the scenery is stunning. The still blue waters of Port Phillip Bay glisten as far as the eye can see.

bellarine railway

At Drysdale, there is a brief 10 minute stop to stretch your legs and take pictures before the train returns via the same route.

Altogether the round trip takes about 45 minutes.

The Bellarine Railway provides a great, fun-filled day out for families on the heritage railway. Family entertainment is available during the Easter, July and September school holidays, such as the Easter Bunny and Benito’s Pirate Specials.

bellarine railway day out with thomas

In addition, one of their most popular special programs is the Day Out With Thomas event which runs several times a year – generally for a weekend in Spring, Autumn and Summer.

The event is very popular and always sell out, so bookings are recommended.

Day Out With Thomas tickets include:

·             Unlimited rides with Thomas in those Troublesome Trucks

·             Meet & greet Sir Topham Hatt

·             Visit Henry to blow his whistle

·             A 45 minute return train ride with a Friend of Thomas

·             Spot the Engine activity and Thomas colour-in competition

·             Jumping Castle, Children’s Maze, Movies and story-telling

·             Child’s show bag with toys and stickers.

·             Photo opportunities galore and more!

Event tickets are valid from 9am to 4pm and you can enjoy unlimited activities before and after their train ride.

bellarine railway day out with thomas

I recommend booking the earliesr trains at 9:30am or 10:30am and arriving around 30-45 minutes beforehand so that you can enjoy the activities before they get really busy. Activities with limited capacity, such as the face painting and jumping castle, are too full for us by the time we return from our 10:30am train trip.

Arriving early also means you can find parking easily.

bellarine railway day out with thomas

At 7 and 5 years old Lady AB and Baby 2.0 are probably at the end of their journey with Thomas the Tank Engine. They still have a lot of fun on the day but there’s no longer the dazzled awe at seeing Thomas brought to life. So make sure you experience this special event while your children are still young!

bellarine railway day out with thomas

 

HOT Tips:

  • For Day Out with Thomas book the earlier trains at 9:30am or 10:30am and arrive around 30-45 minutes before so that you can enjoy the activities before they get really busy.
  • Activities with limited capacity, such as the face painting and jumping castle, are too full by the time we return from our 10:30am train trip.
  • Arriving early also means you can find parking easily.
  • Event tickets are valid from 9am to 4pm and you can enjoy unlimited activities before and after your train ride.
  • The event is very popular and always sell out, so bookings are recommended;
  • Family entertainment is available during the Easter, July and September school holidays, such as the Easter Bunny and Benito’s Pirate Specials.
  • the round trip takes about 45 minutes.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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