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Published August 29th 2016
Add Pizazz to Your Dining on These Unique Restaurants
Unique Dining Experiences in Melbourne
Do you have a special occasion coming up and you're thinking of a nice restaurant meal but you want that little something extra, that pizazz? Melbourne has you covered with a selection of unique mobile restaurants. Enjoy your meal on a tram, a train, a plane or a boat. So don't let the grass grow under your feet, get moving on one of these tasty trips.

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Melbourne offers fine dining on the move (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)

Colonial Tram Car Restaurant

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not one tram but is the world's first fleet of travelling tramcar restaurants, a fitting tribute to a city renowned for its trams. Coloured a distinctive burgundy inside and out, they are hard to miss.

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The luxurious interior of Melbourne's Iconic Tramcar Restaurant. (Photo from The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Facebook Page)

You will feel like royalty in the beautiful colonial style surrounds, seated at tables set with pristine white table cloths, on seats with studded velvet upholstery, looking out windows furnished with elegant burgundy drapes. To step in these trams is to step back in time, but don't worry, despite their meticulous attention to period décor the trams are air conditioned and stabilised for a comfortable ride.

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Melbourne's iconic Tramcar Restaurant (Photo from The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Facebook Page)

A set menu with quality seasonal foods is complemented with a selection of Australian wines. Click here to view the menus and meal options. The tram runs for luncheon, early dinner and late dinner.

When: 7 days a week. Lunch 1pm, Early Dinner 5.45pm, Late Dinner 8.35pm

Phone: (03) 9695 4000

Website: tramrestaurant.com.au/

Where: The trams depart from and return to Tram stop #125, corner of Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. Check their website for a map.

Cost: Price (Aug. 2016) range from $85 for a 4-course luncheon to $140 for a 5-course late dinner on a weekend. Click here for the full price list.

Puffing Billy Steam and Cuisine Train

The Puffing Billy heritage railway travels the Dandenong Ranges through fern gullies and mountain ash forests and accords some spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. The train crosses historic timber trestle bridges and stops at heritage stations.

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The First Class dining carriage (Photo from Puffing Billy Railway Facebook Page)

Hop on board your first class dining carriage for a relaxing meal as your train rocks and rolls along the rails. Luncheon trips offer a choice between a three-course meal or a Natter Platter. A selection of local Yarra Valley wines are available for purchase. The train stops at Lakeside Station where diners will be able to disembark and enjoy a walk around Emerald Lake Park or take a look at the miniature railway before the return journey.

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The Natter Platter and scones and jam dessert (Photo from Puffing Billy Facebook Page)

In addition to the daily lunch time trips Puffing Billy also offers occasional Steam and Cuisine After Dark dining experiences.

When: Lunch trips 12.30pm daily except Victoria public Holidays. After dark is occasional, click here for scheduling.

Phone: (03) 9757 0700

Website: puffingbilly.com.au/en/events-and-dining/sc/

Where: Board the train at Belgrave Station at 2 Bayview Road, Belgrave.

Cost: (Aug 2016) 3 Course Meal: Adults $98.50 Child/Concession $88.50 Natter Platter: Adults $75.00 Child/Concession $67.50 Prices include tea and coffee. Other drinks which can be purchased as desired. After Dark Experiences $99.00.

Gooney Bird – Silver Clipper Dinner Flights

Step back to the golden era of aviation on this 1945 DC3, more commonly known as the Gooney Bird. DC3's are claimed to be the most reliable aircraft ever built. This robust propeller driven plane served the RAAF until the late 1980s before becoming a leisure aircraft.

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The Gooney Bird (Photo from Shortstop Jet Charter Facebook Page)

Sip pre-flight champagne and nibble on canapes in the flight lounge where your pilot will give you a run-down of the evening. Your dinner flight departs Essendon and flies over Westgate Bridge, Point Cook, Corio Bay, the Bellarine Peninsula, Queenscliff, Portsea, Ricketts Point and the CBD.

Enjoy a catered meal complemented with a selection of wines on this 70-minute flight. After your meal take a seat in the plane's flight lounge or accept the captain's invitation to peep inside the cockpit. After landing retire to the lounge where you will be treated to tea, coffee, port and a selection of chocolates.

Upgrade your evening with the jump seat experience and join the captain in the cockpit for take-off or landing.

When: 7pm for a 7.45pm departure. The flights run once a month. Click here for scheduled times.

Phone: Shortstop Jet Charter (03) 9379 9299

Website: www.shortstop.com.au/flight-packages/silver-clipper-dinner-flights

Where: Hangar 5 Wirraway Road, Essendon Airport 3041

Cost: (Aug 2016) $329.00. Jump Seat experience $75.00

Spirit of Melbourne River Cruise

Dine on the Yarra River aboard the Spirit of Melbourne floating restaurant. The Spirit of Melbourne is a double decked boat with floor to ceiling windows. Tables and facilities are as they would be in any restaurant of class.

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Temping desserts (Photo from Melbourne River Cruises Facebook Page)

Spend quality time while taking in some of Melbourne's most magnificent scenery, lush landscapes and elegant buildings by day and city lights by night. Melbourne River Cruises is offering a choice of Sunday buffet lunch or Sunday dinner cruises.

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The Spirit of Melbourne cruising restaurant. (Image from Melbourne River Cruises Facebook Page)

The food is good, the service impeccable and the views stunning. What more could you ask for?

When: Lunch cruises run every Sunday: 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Sunday Dinner Cruises run as scheduled: 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Phone: (03) 8610 2600

Email: info@melbcruises.com.au

Website: https://www.melbcruises.com.au/cruising-restaurant.html

Where: The Melbourne River Cruises boat departs from Southbank Promenade at Berth 3 near the Langham Hotel, in the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct.

Cost: (Aug 2016) Sunday Buffet Lunch Cruise: Adult $99.00 Child $45.00. Sunday Dinner Cruise: Adult $105.00, Child (14-17 years) $69.00, Child (2-13 years) $50.00
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Your Comment
These are great adventures and good food as well. My kind of adventures.
by Roger (score: 2|599) 804 days ago
These look great but they are priced for a special occaision. I know my husvand would love the flight. I might suggest it to his parents.
by betty (score: 2|486) 804 days ago
Thank you Gael, what a fantastic treat for a special occasion, or one off indulgence. Elizabeth
by e_law (score: 2|416) 803 days ago
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