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Ales on Rails - Victorian Goldfields Railway

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A wonderful experience for your family and friends

Victorian Goldfields is offering an indulgent stream train experience this Autumn.

'Ales on Rails' is your opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy a world of decadence - first class style, in 1920's era club and parlour carriages.

Your journey departs Castlemaine Railway Station and will weave through the stunning countryside to the historic town of Maldon.

As you relax and unwind in the comfortable restored carriages, you will be treated to a handpicked selection of specialty beers, including an an easy drinking wheat beer and a rich chocolate porter. Tasting notes will be provided on each delicious sample and light snacks will also be served by the friendly stewards on the train.

Once you reach the town of Maldon, you can head to the iconic Kangaroo Hotel, which has been serving the local community for over 150 years.

Here guests can tuck into a gourmet lunch and a beer from their extensive craft beer range is included.

If you are not so keen on beer, you can opt for a local wine, cider or soft drink.

This wonderful day trip is ideal for seasoned beer drinkers as well as those who are just looking to explore some of the finest brews.

Beers are sourced from Central Victoria's finest craft brewers including Brookes Brewery Bendigo, Holgate Brewhouse Woodend, Castlemaine Brewing Company and Tooboorac Brewery.

Come along with your family and friends - it is sure to be a great day out and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Bookings are now open for the upcoming 'Ales on Rails' events on Saturday 22 April 2017 and Saturday 27 May 2017.

The fare is $110 per person and includes all beers, lunch at Maldon (including one beer) and snacks on the train.

To make a booking, please click here and select your desired date.

A 10% discount is available for all groups of 10 or more. Enter the promotional code "groupdiscount" to receive this discount.

A 10% discount is available for VGR Members. Enter the promotional code "vgrmember" to receive this discount.

Prebooking is essential. Leave the car at home and travel by train. It's a comfortable fast trip in modern Velocity services with V/line. Use your Myki card.

  • Melbourne (Southern Cross) depart 9.30am - return at 6.21pm

  • Bendigo depart 10.30am - return at 5.14pm

    For more information on this unique experience and to reserve your ticket, please visit

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    When: Upcoming dates: 22 April & 27 May
    Where: Departs Castlemaine Railway Station - Platform 3
    Cost: Fare includes all beers, lunch at Maldon (inc beer) and snacks on train just $110
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