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Puffing Billy (steam train)
Puffing Billy Steam Train
© Australian Pacific Touring

Puffing Billy & Yarra Valley
Wineries Tour

Crimson rosellas at Healesville Sanctuary
Crimson Rosellas
© Australian Pacific Touring

Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley
& Healesville Wildlife
Sanctuary Tour

Victorian Goldfields Railway

An impressive range of big steam engines. From 27 December to mid January, trains run every day on the Sunday times below.

Every Sunday (& public holidays) 11.30 am, 1 pm & 2.30 pm
Every Wednesday 11.30 am & 1 pm
Saturdays and Wednesdays during school holidays, Sunday timetable applies
From 27 December to mid January trains run every day on Sunday timetable
No trains Christmas & Boxing Day
Maldon (in the Goldfields area of Central Victoria)
Enquiries: (03) 5470 6658 or (03) 5475 2966

Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club

Running Days - The engines are impressive seen in action and on the last Sunday of each month (except December) many of them are fired up. There will always be at least one or two steam rollers or traction engines in steam, the stationary museum steams up, the big diesels and the vintage workshop also put on a display. There are over 400 engines and associated exhibits scattered through the exhibition sheds around the sites. The grounds have been developed from a raw industrial wasteland to a very pleasant park by the volunteer members of the club over the past 20 years with picnic tables, shade trees and BBQ facilities for picnickers. Ice Creams and cold drinks are available but no food except at rally times. The grounds and museum are open 11am till 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays except the Christmas - New Year period. The Miniature railway operates on Sundays (rides $2). Admission is by donation. To see it all running the best time to visit is rally time. Full information at Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club.
11am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays


National Steam Centre, 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd., - Scoresby
(Mel ref 72 D9) Enquiries: (03) 9763 1614

Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club

Public run days once a month where a small charge applies. Children should be in the charge of an adult and enclosed footwear is required. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available. More information at the Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club website.
11am-4pm, 4th Sun of month (except Dec)


Kiloran Reserve, Hawthory Road, - Mooroolbark
(Mel ref 51 F2) Enquiries: (03) 9723 1025

Bulla Hill Miniature Railway

A ride-on model railway. Enclosed footwear must be worn. More information at Bulla Steam Railway.
noon-5pm, 1st & 3rd Sunday of month


Green Street, - Bulla
(Mel ref 177 B7)

Melbourne Tram Museum

This museum is a short tram ride from the city and contains a significant collection of heritage trams in the historic Hawthorn Tram Depot. It is open on the second Saturday of each month a month. More information >>
Second Saturday of the month


Hawthorn Tram Depot, cnr Power Street & Riverdale Road - Hawthorn
Enquiries: (03) 9619 8863

Mornington Railway

Steam hauled travel from a bygone era.. Moorooduc Station (Mel ref 105 K9, enter from Two Bays Road near Moorooduc Highway) 11am-4pm, and Mornington Station (Mel ref 145 G1) 11.30am-3.15pm. More information at Steam Trains in Melbourne and Mornington Railway.
1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday of month


- Mornington
Enquiries: 1300 767 274

South Gippsland Tourist Railway

Historic railcars and railmotors travelling the 38km section of line from Nyora to Leongatha. Passengers may get on or off a train at Korumurra, Loch, Nyora or Leongatha railway stations. More information
Sundays and public Holidays (except Christmas Day & Good Friday)


- South Gippsland
Enquiries: 1800 44 22 11

Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally

This years theme is Transport. All the usual attractions: steam and oil engines, operational 90 ton steam shovel, steam fired powerhouse, blacksmith, Furphy tank rebarrelling, tractors, motorcycles, cars and trucks. Grand parade 2:15pm daily. Wood bending, radio controlled model boats, steam ploughing, chaff cutting, threshing and straw baling, regular dragline, farm machinery & dairy demo's. Attractions for ladies and children. Mothers' facilities, stalls, crafts and food available. Free non powered camping for exhibitors.

Lake Goldsmith is unique on the Australian Rally scene in that it has permanent sheds owned by club members which house their magnificent toys. There is a large collection of

  • restored steam engines
  • traction engines
  • steam rollers
  • internal combustion engines
  • farm tractors
  • a restored farm cottage displaying old wares.

See the working 90 tonne steam shovel and working steam powered 'power' generating display. Coach parties welcome. Parking for Coaches onsite Food and refreshments available all weekend Grand parade 2:15pm daily on our all weather arena Australia’s largest, (90 tons) fully operational steam shovel Vintage cars and Motorcycles A great family outing just kilometres from Ballarat Historic Machinery Camping facilities Large display of oil engines and tractors Site opens at 10 am Pioneer cottage and crafts . Full details at Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally

Ballarat Rd, Lake Goldsmith -

Adults $15, Children under 16 Free

Echuca Steam, Horse and Vintage Rally

A White Hat favourite, this magnificent display of steam traction engines and wagons, portable steam engines, early farm machinery, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles. Also a variety of family entertainment. More information about this festival.
6th & 7th June 2014 (tbc)

Rotary Park, Echuca -

Enquiries: 1800 804 446

Daylesford Sunday Market

Brought to you by the Daylesford Spa Country Railway, the Daylesford Sunday Market is one of the largest outdoor markets in Victoria with something for everyone. Also on offer are Vintage Train rides to the sleepy town of Bullarto on vechiles from the early to mid 20th Century Set in the historic Daylesford Railway Station, entry and car parking is free.
8am to 4pm, Sundays


Daylesford Railway Station, Midland Hwy (Raglan St) - Daylesford
Enquiries: (03) 5348 3503

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

In the beautiful township of Emerald in the Dandenong Ranges next to a beautiful little park is the Emerald Craft and Produce Market. Friendly stallholders sell high quality, homemade, home-grown or vintage goods. Ride Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald Station or about a 1 hour drive from the CBD. A splendid day out in the hills.
9am to 3pm, 3rd Sunday of month


cnr Kilvington Drive & Main Street - Emerald
(Mel ref 127 F4)Enquiries: 0419 345 750 - blairnd@bigpond.com

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Book cover - Flinders Street Station - Beyond the FacadeFlinders Street Station - Beyond the Façade

Launched in 2009 this is the most comprehensive book on the history of Flinders Street Station together with its social history associated which has been published to date.  In 2010 Flinders Street Station - Beyond the Façade was declared the Overall Winner for the Victorian Community History Awards

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Beyond the Façade: Flinders Street, More Than Just a Railway Station

“Hi White Hat
My book, "Beyond the Facade: Flinders Street, more than just a railway station" took out the Overall Winner for the Victorian Community History Awards on Thursday which was a great day for self publishers and for me in particular!
"The Community" that my book represents is huge and the stories and connections keep flowing in. The judges' comments were very much in line with yours from last year when we met for a beer beside the Yarra. I really appreciated the vote of confidence you gave me for my work!
Regards Jenny Davies”

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