Dog Day Out with Puffing Billy

Join in on the weekend fun with the arrival of the Puffing Billy Dog Express (24th July, 14th August, 28th August & 9th October)

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Recommended time at location: 4 hours

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lots of open spaces, new smells and tastes, a new adventure every time we visit


Walking trails and an on-site restaurant to enjoy after the train ride.


Puffing Billy welcoming four-legged passengers on the Dog Express

In news just announced to get your pets tails wagging, Puffing Billy Railway is launching a special Dog Day Out (Dog Express), allowing pet owners to bring their four-legged family members along for a special trip through the hills.
Accommodating 2 dogs per booking, enjoy a 40-minute journey through the Wright State Forest from Emerald Lakeside to Gembrook service, over three historic trestle bridges, and past Cockatoo and Fielder station as the train climbs towards Gembrook.
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The pet adventure starts 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.

dog express itinerary

Before you visit Puffing Billy, review or download a copy of the carefully curated Dog Express itinerary and make the most of what the Dandenong Region has to offer four legged visitors. Ride, walk and taste your way through the Dandenongs with your fur baby in tow.


12.20 pm to 3.20 pm


Lakeside station, Emerald Lake Park


$15.00 per dog (passengers additional)


Council operated ticket machines - $6 flat fee per day

dog express booking

Reserve your dog’s seats at or book online.

lunch at the railway cafe

Make a day of it and enjoy lunch at the pet-friendly railway cafe overlooking Lake Treganowan.


Offering a relaxed indoor and outdoor setting, the menu features some of the best seasonal produce and supplies in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region.


As a fully licensed venue, our drinks bar is also stocked with a local line-up of beer, wine and cider varieties.

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