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Puffing Billy Dog Express

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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The ultimate dog's day out

You know how your pooch loves to sit in the car watching the world whizz past? And if they can stick their head out the window they will. Well, imagine if they could have the same experience but on a train and you could be there holding them.

Well, it's happened. The ultimate dogs day out. Dogs can now go on the Puffing Billy Dog Express!

Beginning Saturday 29th of May, passengers and their four-legged family members can travel on a special monthly Lakeside to Gembrook service while in the comfort of enclosed compartment carriages.

Accommodating one dog per booking, all furry travellers will enjoy a 40-minute journey through the unspoilt Wright State Forest, over three historic timber trestle bridges including the tallest on the entire line at 60 metres long and 15 metres high and past Cockatoo and Fielder station as the train climbs towards Gembrook.

Visitors can start the day at Emerald Lake Park, with plenty of walking tracks and trails for families and dogs to explore before boarding dog-friendly carriages at Lakeside Station.

Once arriving at Gembrook, passengers and dogs alike have ample time to play in the adjacent J.A.C Russell Park and wander through the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail, making it an afternoon not to be missed with your family, friends, and furry pals.

Journey: Lakeside Gembrook, return.
Time: 12.15pm service departing from Lakeside
Cost: $15.00 per dog (maximum 1-2 per carriage booth) - but you or course have to buy a ticket as well.


Saturday 29th May
Saturday 31st July
Saturday 28th August

For further information or to book, click here.
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Why? Dog's day out!
When: Once a month from May -Aug
Phone: 03 97570700
Where: BELGRAVE STATION Address: 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave VIC 3160 Melway Map: 75 F10
Cost: $15 for dogs, regular prices for everyone else
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