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HOT: Yarra Valley Railway, Healesville

HOT: Yarra Valley Railway, Healesville

Yarra Valley Railway is a heritage railway that trundles along a restored track from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Future goals include reconstruction to Yarra Glen and Lilydale.

Yarra Vally Railway

It’s a jolly ride into yesteryear, starting with antique Healesville station setting the scene.

Yarra Vally Railway

The track winds through some scenic areas of Yarra Valley, with the most exciting part being the 150m long tunnel section just before the spot to turn back.

Yarra Vally Railway

After your train ride have a play at the train-themed playground before heading into Healesville to explore. The cafe at the station is no longer running but within Healesville and surrounds you’ll find plenty of eateries and cafes. I recommend the Healesville Hotel and Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander.

Yarra Vally Railway

While the 3o-40 minute round trip ride on the Yarra Valley Railway is not cheap, all funds go towards the maintenance of the railway so you’re doing a good deed. The railway is operated by volunteers every Sunday and public holidays plus every Wednesday during school holidays.

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HOT Tips:

  • Trains depart on the hour between 10am and 4pm;
  • Operates every Sunday, public holiday and Wednesdays during school holidays
  • tickets can be bought with cash, Visa and Mastercard;
  • free parking on site;
  • playground next to railway;
  • public toilets;
  • Walking distance to Healesville’s town centre.

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; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; 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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