All aboard: Treat your dog to a special day out on the Puffing Billy Dog Express

All aboard: Treat your dog to a special day out on the Puffing Billy Dog Express

Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy, is welcoming four-legged passengers and we're here for it.

They greet you every morning and wait for hours to see you again at the end of the day, but what if your faithful canine companion could join in on the weekend fun, say onboard Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy?

Launching last year, the Puffing Billy Dog Express is the epic offering from the beloved tourist train, allowing passengers and their four-legged family members to travel on a special monthly Lakeside to Gembrook service while in the comfort of enclosed compartment carriages.

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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.

“There are many people in our community who love their pets and with 40% of canines living in Australian homes, it made sense to include them in on an outdoor activity like Puffing Billy. It’s the pawfect day out with your family and furry friends,” said Peter Abbott, Puffing Billy Railway CEO.

With the journey only happening once a month, tickets tend to sell-out well in advance so keep an eye out for dates here