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Place: Melbourne Australia - Belgrave Puffing Billy Railway

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Built in 1900, Puffing Billy is Australia's oldest steam railway and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. It runs on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, just 40 km east of Melbourne, Victoria.

OK. It's not "technically" a children's activity, but I think they'd like it best. Puffing Billy is a historic steam train, lovingly restored. The folks working it are almost all volunteers, and they dress in period costume. With a ride that costs USD33.50 per adult, Puffing Billy promises everyone to experience the beauty of some of the most magnificent countryside that Victoria has to offer as you travel through the beautiful forests and fern gullies.

It's "traditional" to ride sitting in the windows with your feet sticking out. People along the short route come out to wave as the train passes by. I'm not speaking of only the people who happen to be stopped by the train as it crosses the roadway. I mean there are folks who set out chairs and wait for it so they can wave as the train passes by. It's a short, scenic ride and lots of fun.

The easiest way is to take the suburban trains that run frequently from Flinders Street (City) to Belgrave in 70 minutes. The Puffing Billy station is a short walk from the suburban station.


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