On the 6th of July, Victorians will have the opportunity to ride a steam train to South Geelong for a trip on the Bellarine Railway. This special day trip is ideal for families and will depart Southern Cross station or Newport Railway Station.
Passengers may alight at Geeong for a leisurely lunch at Little Creatures Brewery and Canteen and spend the day enjoying the sights and attractions of Geelong or may continue on the train through the tunnel to South Geelong, where chartered coaches will transport passengers to Drysdale Station on the Bellarine Railway with the destination being the seaside location of Queenslcliff. Here passengers will have approximately 2 hours free time to explore, before the train returns to Drysdale and back to South Geelong to rejoin the train.
For those adventurous types you can bring your bike and enjoy the Bellarine Rail Trail. This 35km trail runs parallel to the Bellarine Railway and you can return to South Geelong to join the train for the return trip to Melbourne.
The train includes Lounge Car "708", an"art deco" licensed carriage with full bar service, including a selection of premium ales, wines and sparkling. Soft drinks, light refreshments and freshly made coffee are also available.
There is also a Vinelander Experience Package. Ther recently restored former Vinelander Sleeping carriage will be attached to the train; the carriage will be configured for daytime use and offers exclusive compartments for up to three people.
Ticketing options are as follows:
Return Fares Melbourne to Geelong or South Geelong (includes bike option)
Adult $55 Adult Concession $49 (1) Children 5 to 17 Years $20 (under 5 years free) Family Saver $150 (2)
Compartment $335 (3)
Return Fares Melbourne to South Geelong plus Bellarine Railway
Adult Concession $75 (1)
Children/Youth 5 to 17 Years $45 (under 5 years free) $45
Family Saver $250 (2)
Compartment $555 (3)
Vinelander Experience Package $300 (4)
(1) Adult Concession fares are available to financial members of 707 Operations and persons entitled to public transport concession fares in Victoria
(2) Family Saver ticket covers two adults and up to three children 5 to 17 years
(3) Compartment seats up to 8 people
(4) Vinelender Experience Package seats a maximum of 3 passengers.
The following train times are approximate and subject to change. Please visit this website two days before the departure date to check for any updates.
Depart 707 Operations Newport Depot 7.50 am
Depart Southern Cross Station 9.12 am
Depart Newport Metro Station 9.35 am
Arrive Geelong Station 10.38 am
Arrive South Geelong 10.45 am
Depart South Geelong Station 4.45 pm
Depart Geelong Station 5.00 pm
Arrive Newport Metro Station 6.00 pm
Arrive Southern Cross Station 6.20 pm
Arrive 707 Operations Newport Depot 7.20 pm
Passengers may join or leave the train at 707 Operations Newport Workshops Depot (enter from Champion Road via Shea Street - ample free parking space available) or at Newport Metro or Southern Cross Stations.