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"The Blues Train" Queenscliff Things to Do Tip by leffe3

Queenscliff Things to Do: 23 reviews and 45 photos

One of Victoria's biggest attractions - although sadly limited as its capacity is 200, runs once a week (Saturdays) from August to May and generally sells out months in advance.

It's a very straightforward concept. A four-carriage steam train plies the tracks of the tourist Bellarine Railway, starting at and returning to Queenscliff. Each carriage holds 50 people and the band/musician. Every 30 minutes, the train stops and carriage A patrons pile out into carriage B, B patrons into C and so on. Drinks can be purchased at each stop (bottles only but very reasonably priced considering a captive audience - $A30 for a decent local wine, $A6 for bottled beer).

The evening also includes dinner, which is eaten on board but before the train departs Queenscliff (to be honest this is the worst aspect of the whole evening – no fine dining here. Mass catering for 200 meant its something of a school canteen experience).

You don't actually travel very far – steam is slow but also narrow gauge tracks and live entertainment is the purpose, not where you're going! In summer months, it's also about the stunning views as the train travels along the shores of Port Phillip Bay (winter = dark and no views but more atmosphere).

It's a fun night out - many top class bands and musicians are booked, people are out to enjoy themselves, it's friendly, it's alcohol-fuelled, with lots of parties booked on the train. If you're into blues music, this is definitely something different - 7.30pm-11.30pm makes it a full evening.

Tickets $83.50 per person (discounts for groups of 20 or more)

Address: Queenscliff Railway Station

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  • Written May 17, 2010
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