A Trip on an Old Fashioned Steam Train
At 9:30am we loaded the crew into the car and made our way down the Princes Freeway, heading for Emerald. The plan ahead of us was to take the kids to experience the Puffing Billy.
A childhood favourite of ours, we knew the girls would have a great time, so we made it to Emerald and approached the station which was so historic and beautifully maintained. Like taking a step back in time, the station had an old world feel, with wooden ticket booths and station master to boot. The steam train was beautiful and all three girls were beside themselves, squealing with delight!
A step back in time
We chose our seats and not long after the train departed Belgrave station heading for Lakeside. The scenery observed was breath taking, the steam filled the air and the girls hung themselves out the windows! As the train wound its way through the ferns and streams, we learnt about the history of the train, carrying supplies and workers up the hill many years ago! The girls asking, were you born then? The only reply I could conjure was please, your grandparents were born then!
Arriving in Lakeside, after a 40 minute trip we were welcomed by a picturesque picnic area, with seating and large area for children to run and play! As the day was quite cool we decided to return on the next train to avoid sniffily noses! Even on our return the girls were in awe of the beauty that the hills produced, waving at the friendly residents waiting at the crossings and nibbling on snacks.
Thank you Puffing Billy
Arriving back at Belgrave Station, we said our goodbye to the friendly conductors and the station master, also a big wave for the Puffing Billy. Driving in to the town centre of Emerald, we found a beautiful bakery that sold homemade pastries and we devoured the delicious food in the warm of the spacious dining area within their store. And a big cup of coffee! A wonderful day to end what will be a memorable day out.
For further information please check out our listing for Puffing Billy
1 Old Monbulk Road Belgrave VIC 3160