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11 Best Miniature Railways Across Melbourne & Victoria

If you’re looking for a memorable outing that’s perfect for all ages, then you’re in for a treat. In this post, we’re diving headfirst into the wonderful world of miniature railways across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Whether your little ones are train enthusiasts or just love a good adventure, miniature railways promise an experience like no other. So, grab your family, pack your sense of adventure, and hop aboard for a day filled with smiles, laughter, and unforgettable moments in Melbourne and beyond!

Miniature Railway Melbourne

Miniature Railways Melbourne & Regional Victoria

1. Wodonga Creek Miniature Railway

Head to the Murray river and experience the magic of a miniature world at Wodonga Creek Miniature Railway. Located on the creek bank, this enchanting railway promises a journey like no other.

Bring a picnic lunch or grab some drinks and snacks at the ticket desk, and head to the playground across the road before or after your train ride. 

Trains run every 3rd Sunday from February to December, 11am – 3.15pm.

Tickets are $3.00 per ride.

Wodonga Creek Miniature Railway, Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island VIC 3691

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2. Diamond Valley Miniature Railway

Diamond Valley Railway has often been labeled one of the best miniature railways in Melbourne. With over two kilometres of track winding through stunning bush, the trains are miniature versions of different locomotives and offer a fun experience for all ages. 

Be sure to stop at Eltham Lower Park playspace on your way to or from the railway.

Trains operate every Sunday from 11am – 5pm. 

Cost is $4 per person per ride. Children under 2 years ride free. 

Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, 570 Main Rd Eltham VIC 3095

Diamond Valley Railway

3. Hamilton Miniature Railway

The railway, located in Victoria’s western districts, is operated by passionate volunteers who pour their heart into creating a captivating experience for visitors. The track meanders through the historic streetscape of the Hamilton Pastoral Museum in Hiller Lane.

Check out their schedule during summer for twilight train rides as well as the monthly track-side farmers market.

Operating on the first Sunday of every month from 10.30 am – 3.00 pm

Cost is just $2 per ride. Children under 2 years ride free. 

Hamilton Miniature Railway Group, 12 Hiller Ln, Hamilton VIC 3300, 0418 538 009

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4. Cobden Miniature Railway

Situated at the site of the old Cobden racecourse, Cobden Miniature Railway features 1.8 kilometres of track with bridges, tunnels, overpasses and lakes to enjoy along the way. 

For train lovers of all ages, you can even host a party or gathering and privately reserve the miniature railway on a date not open to public.

Trains operate on specified dates only from 11 am – 4 pm.

Cost is $3 per ride. 

Cobden Miniature Railway, Grayland Street, Cobden, VIC 3266 

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5. Corowa Apex Miniature Steam Train

Just across the border where Victoria meets NSW, The Apex Miniature Steam Train runs through the charming Bangerang Park on the first Sunday of the month. From kids to grandparents, everyone is sure to be enchanted by these steam-powered miniature locomotives. 

The miniature train open days coincide with the monthly Corowa Rotary Federation Farmers and Community Market, so you can pick up some delicious produce and local goodies whilst there.

Corowa Apex Miniature Steam Train, 100 Edward Street Bangerang Park Corowa NSW 2646, (02) 60331667, corowaapex@hotmail.com

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6. Bulla Hill Railway

Located just a 40-minute drive northwest of Melbourne, Bulla Hill Railway is perfect for a fun day out with the family. Having been around since 1973, the exquisite miniature steam and diesel trains make this one of the most popular miniature railways Melbourne has to offer.

Kids will love the dinosaur theme throughout the 1.5km of track which ventures through the Tullamarine Valley. Another reason to visit is the playground right next door!

Operating every 3rd Sunday from 11am – 4pm (last train leaves at 3.45pm).

Cost is $5 per person per ride.

Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla VIC 3428, secretary@bullahillrailway.org.au

Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla

7. Altona Miniature Railway

A hidden gem in Melbourne’s western suburbs is the Altona Miniature Railway.

Families can take a ride on miniature steam and diesel engines whilst enjoying tall trees, tunnels and plenty of loops. A food truck and plenty of picnic tables mean you could easily spend a few hours here.

Trains run on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am – 3pm.

Cost is $4 per person per ride. Children under 12 months ride free.

Altona Miniature Railway, 1-21 Blenheim Rd, Altona North VIC 3018

Altona Miniature Railway

8. The Miniature Railway, National Steam Centre

Train lovers get a two-for-one deal at The National Steam Centre in Scoresby, with both a steam train museum and miniature railway all in one place.

Visitors will enjoy both a leisurely train ride, with sounds of steam locomotion as well as various vintage machinery including oil engines, stationary steam engines, earth movers, and a blacksmith shop.

Within the grounds, there’s a beautiful lake, barbecues, picnic tables and plenty of shade.

The museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm, note that the miniature railway operates on Sundays only.

Museum entry is by donation and a ride on the miniature railway is $4 per person. 

The Miniature Railway, National Steam Centre, 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby VIC 3179

Miniature Railway Melbourne

9. Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club

Established more than 50 years ago, Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club brings together a community of passionate train enthusiasts who provide monthly open days.

Looping through the scenic Kiloran Park, the miniature railway offers families an uplifting ride through nature. 

Operating on the 4th Sunday of each month (excluding December), from 11am – 4pm.

Train rides cost $3 per ride. Children under 4 ride for free.

Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club, 75 Hawthory Rd, Mooroolbark VIC 

Mooroolbark District Miniature Railway Steam Club

10. Box Hill Miniature Railway

Box Hill Miniature Railway provides an opportunity to ride on miniature steam trains, whilst journeying through the lovely gardens and trees of Elgar Park.

With a train-themed playground next door, families could spend a whole day here.

Operating on the 3rd Sunday each month from 11am – 4pm.

Cost is $5 per ride. Children under 2 ride for free.

Box Hill Miniature Railway, 521 Bellmore Rd, Mont Albert North VIC 3219, (03) 9898 2671

box hill railway

11. Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway

Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Portarlington, the Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway offers a delightful experience for visitors of all ages. This is Australia’s only railway located on a foreshore!

Share smiles, laughter, and quality time with your loved ones as you ride on these intricately designed mini locomotives which show off eight hectares of picturesque native parklands. 

Delighting families for 24 years, the facility has a playground with picnic tables, barbecues and a kiosk that sells coffee, snacks and railway keepsakes.

Open to the public on specified dates only from 11am – 3pm. 

Cost is $4 per person per ride. 


Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway, Corner of Point Richards Road and Boat Road, Portarlington VIC 3223, 0476 124 598

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Best Miniature Railways Across Melbourne Victoria

About Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner is a tourism communications consultant who loves epxloring Melbourne. As a new Mum she is passionate about local adventures and uncovering unique experiences of food, art, music and travel.

With a Bachelor of Business and over a decade of tourism industry experience, Amy has a strong passion for creating and promoting exceptional visitor experiences. On the side of her freelance digital marketing work, Amy has developed Seniors in Melbourne, Melbourne’s first travel website specifically targeting the senior demographic.

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