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Moorabbin Miniature Railway & Bricker Reserve, Moorabbin

*Update as of February 2023: Please note that Moorabbin Miniature Railway will not be opening for public running for the rest of 2023 but will continue to offer runs for booked parties on the 1st Sunday of each month except January.*

Moorabbin Miniature Railway is a volunteer-run miniature railway that opens for public train rides once a month.

On the first Sunday of the month you’ll notice a large queue of excited families waiting for the Moorabbin Miniature Railway (or Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria) to open for its monthly public running session.

moorabbin miniature railway

Moorabbin Miniature Railway is the only miniature train in Melbourne’s south/bayside and it is a very popular destination for local families. Combine it with a visit to the playground at Bricker Reserve and you’ve got a great day out!

moorabbin miniature railway

Volunteers operate the railway on the first Sunday of the month (except January) and families can ride steam and diesel trains, and even a replica miniature tram around a miniature town, for only $2.50 per person. Parents of children aged five and under can ride free to supervise their children.

moorabbin miniature railway
moorabbin miniature railway

The track is long, with two railway ‘stations’, a overhead bridge, a few tunnel sections and plenty of opportunities to wave to other train drivers and riders.

moorabbin miniature railway
moorabbin miniature railway

As it’s a popular event I suggest arriving at least 10 minutes before 1:30pm when it opens. Then head across the overhead bridge to the railway station further away from the entrance, as everyone collects at the closest station when they first arrive.

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moorabbin miniature railway

Note that they only take cash and the correct change or smaller notes are appreciated.

moorabbin miniature railway

There are a few benches and tables to set up a picnic or a party at the Moorabbin Miniature Railway and you can book a picnic table during the public run sessions at no cost. Otherwise you can book out the space for a private function from 11-1pm on the first Sunday of the month (except January).

There are toilets onsite as well as a small kiosk with snacks and drinks.

bricker reserve moorabbin

The playground at Bricker Reserve is next to Moorabbin Miniature Railway and features a few pieces of equipment in a tree-lined setting.

bricker reserve moorabbin

The natural palette is an improvement on the previous ‘plastic fantastic’ style playground. Bricker Reserve has a large picnic and BBQ shelter and public toilets.

bricker reserve moorabbin

Moorabbin Miniature Railway is a fun and cheap day out for little train fans and combined with a play at Bricker Reserve’s playground there’s enough to amuse toddlers and preschoolers for a half-day adventure.

For other miniature railways in Melbourne try Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway, Altona Miniature RailwayBulla Hill Railway and Diamond Valley Railway.


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HOT Tips:

If you don’t want to queue too long arrive before the first train at 1:30pm;
no open-toed shoes, sandals or thongs allowed on the train;
tickets are $2.50 cash only;
Parents of children aged five and under can ride free to supervise their children.
free parking on street and across the road;
Dogs are not permitted on the site;
Toilets and kiosk on site;
Bricker Reserve has a playground with a free BBQ and picnic shelter and public toilets.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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

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  1. Hello Please call me regarding private party July 7th. The number above on your website is not connected. Thanks have a great day.
    0423 346002

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