Start at Lakeside

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Allow us to let you in on a little secret.... 

Most visitors to Puffing Billy start their journey at Belgrave will disembark at Lakeside, and therefore there are often seats available on the Lakeside to Gembrook section of the railway! This means you can escape the crowds and enjoy a family outing on this lesser known part of Puffing Billy. 

Passengers can enjoy a visit to Emerald Lake Park either before or after their Puffing Billy journey. This park offers BBQ facilities and picnic tables, playground facilities, a wading pool and paddle boats for hire, and is the perfect spot for visitors with kids!

Want to know more? Have a look at our video for a sneak peek!


Did you know that Puffing Billy crosses three historic timber bridges between Lakeside and Gembrook?

Underway, the Railway skirts the northern boundary of the un-spoilt Wright State Forest, with large stands of Stringy Bark and other eucalypt trees

As the train climbs towards Gembrook, the lineside bush gives way to extensive views of rolling cultivated farmlands, where potatoes are still grown, and distant mountain ranges. 


Please note that there is a fee for parking in Emerald Lake Park. There is a Council operated ticket machine - $6 flat fee for the day. 

Lakeside directions and parking 

Map with directions from Belgrave to Lakeside

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No bookings necessary, you can purchase your tickets from the station on the day of travel. 

Timetable - Lakeside to Gembrook return

Lakeside departure  12.20pm
Gembrook  arrival 1.00pm
Gembrook departure  2.45pm
Lakeside arrival 3.20pm

Fares: Lakeside to Gembrook

Discounted Family Fare
Valid for up to 2 Adults and up to 4 children (Aged 4-16 yrs) 
Adult Child
(Aged 4-16 yrs)
(do I qualify?)
Single Return Single Return Single Return
$35.00 $57.00 $18.00 $29.50 $28.00 $45.00