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Christmas in July at Hotham Valley Railway

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All aboard for a trip down memory lane
Celebrate Christmas in July this year in a different way, by climbing aboard the restaurant train at Hotham Valley Railway and enjoying a Christmas feast as your train meanders its way through the forest.

Hotham Valley Restaurant Train
All aboard the restaurant train


Hotham Valley Restaurant Train
The 1919 Dining Car - Image: Hotham Valley Rail

Every Friday night during July, you can enjoy a Christmas in July evening aboard the Restaurant Train. Enjoy a 5 course Christmas dinner including traditional roast turkey and ham in addition to heartwarming Christmas pudding for dessert. Tea and coffee is also included although you will pay extra for wine and other beverages. The trip sets off from Dwellingup and takes you on a night time journey through the forest, with the train providing a soft light to look out upon. The Restaurant Train features a 1919 Vintage Dining Car in addition to its 1884 Club Car which historians will enjoy.

Hotham Valley Restaurant Train
Make sure you arrive early

Where and When

Make your way to Dwellingup Train Station any Friday night during July but make sure that you book your seat in advance, as the Restaurant Train strictly only caters for 46 persons in total. Details on how to book are here.. The train departs promptly at 7.45pm so make sure that you arrive with plenty of time to embark and get settled in for the night. The train arrives back at the station at approximately 10.35pm.

Hotham Valley Christmas in July
A great railway for train enthusiasts

From time to time, where there is a demand, there is a (road) coach available from East Perth and Armadale, and ask for more details on this likelyhood when you call to enquire or book.


Tickets cost $79 per person sitting in the Dining Car, but for a truly special and intimate occasion, consider upgrading to the Club Car which costs $580 for up to a total of six persons.

Hotham Valley Restaurant Train
During the day time don't miss out on a steam train trip

For a great yesteryear dining experience to celebrate Christmas in July, this is a first class choice.
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Why? For a wonderful Christmas in July dinner and journey
When: 7.45pm every Friday night in July
Phone: 08 6278 1111
Where: Dwellingup Train Station, Dwellingup
Cost: $79
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