It has got a real village feel to it and a quirky character.
The big mall complexes down the line are sucking the life out of the main street.
It's a jolly nice place.
A steam train buffs delight - that's young and old - Puffing Billy (PBR) was the life line to the small mountain communities in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne until the Victorian Railways closed down the line in the 1953 after a land slide blocked the line. Shortly afterwards, the Puffing Billy Preservation Society was formed to save the...more
Monbulk Creek trestle bridge is the 3rd most photographed bridge in Australia – or so it is claimed. First is quite obvious – Sydney Harbour Bridge, second is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia – the bridge across the river in Richmond, Tasmania.The Monbulk Creek trestle bridge carries the famous Puffing Billy trains across a creek and is...more
Although this attraction is located at Emerald Lake and close to the Emerald township, I have included in the Belgrave page as it would probably be viewed in conjunction with a Puffing Billy ride.Every kid big and small - particularly the big - loves model railways. Me, I can stand and watch model trains zooming along tracks, into tunnels, through...more
While most visitors that come to Belgrave are here for the "Puffin Billy" train ride . Belgrave is a small town with a proud heritage.. Being a train person this was high on my agenda this time visiting Melbourne. A day out with a mate it was decided on that we would get the train...and for me that was a great decision.. The ticket office was quite...more
I did this once years ago when the kids were little and they really liked it. (I did too.)The old steam train is a lovely thing and it slowly puffs through really pretty country. Some of the carriages are open and that is exciting too.Last time I saw it, it was crossing the old wooden viaduct, and all the kids were sitting on the open side dangling...more
The model railway display covers about 2km of track, 100s of engines, in depth landscapes, push-button interactions and much more. The notes of 'have you seen the...' bring to attention every part of the massive landscape. One can only imagine the time and patience required to build such an impressive model. I would give it the double thumbs up and...more
I suppose on a warm sunny day that Lakeside is a lovely place to while away an hour or two, but we were chilly and damp, so we resisted a ride on the water-cycles and wandered around the lake for a while before we caught the return trainthere is a small cafe at the station and another on the lakes shore, there is also a swimming pool and water...more
The train stops at Menzies Creek for a few minutes, this gives you chance to get off to stretch your legs, have a smoke or just admire the engineyou can leave the train here and wander around, or catch the next train back to Belgrave which arrived a few minutes after we did, but we stayed on this one to Lakesidewe were chatting to the guard, and...more
The countryside is beautiful, very green and lush, though that could just have been caused by the rain we brought with us, it was also considerably cooler than at the lower altitudes. This area is temperate rainforestWe saw a very damp and bedraggled Kookaburra sitting on a branch almost close enough to reach out and touch, we were so excited about...more
a very cheery little place, even though it was lunchtime we had a lovely breakfast here before we rode on the train, the walls are painted and there are railway themed things all around
look out for the train clock ! on the hour a train runs around the outer rim of the dial, puffing merrily
Favorite Dish: we has a large breakfast, it was really tasty
The daughter I met here on Friday night for a quiet drink, an eat, and a chin wag.
It's pleasant enough - they have a TAB room and a bistro and a beer garden out the back for smokers - and some of the time they have tables out the front for smokers. They seem to pack them up quite early. Maybe there is a council rule.
I liked most the big pull back windows at the front so you can sit and survey the passing parade.
Belgrave gets quite lively on a Friday night.
It's a solid sort of pub - the clientele seemed quite scruffy - but well behaved. I'm cool with that.
We shared a bowl of nachos - which was very expensive - $16 - which was just corn chips, salsa, avocado and sour cream. No meat or beans. And it wasn't very good at all.
I am prepared to give their meals another go - but they only get one more chance.
The music wasn't too loud. I don't think they had a jukebox. I didn't notice pokies, maybe they were in the TAB room.
The bar staff were extremely pleasant and affable.
Happy hour from 5-7 on Thursday and Friday night.
I will go there again. It is one of my locals.
Dress Code: There is a sign that they have a dress code but when I was there on Friday night I don't think it was very strictly policed.
The train would be the best way to get to the Puffing Billy station. Get the train from Flinders Street station and get the Belgrave line. About 5 mins away (you'll see lots of signs) is the puffing billy station. Convenient and economical if going on a sunday with a sunday saver ($2.50 last time I checked).
Fair trade means the producers of the goods get a fair whack for their work. Which gives one a warm glow. Plus the goods in this shop are so quirky and so much fun - and not expensive.I bought a new bag from here made of a fish food sack from Vietnam - but I also really liked the bags made of fruit juice cartons and the plainer, more serious bags...more
It's not special, it is just a supermarket. But it does have a very good busking spot.We have those new fangled trolleys you have to put a coin in to free from the chain. So you collect your trolley - bustle past the busker. When you come out he is still there but you don't have to make eye contact, you are walking away. But then you have to return...more
The Gallipoli legend lives on in Australia - and the famous Lone Pine - and here is a descendent of that pine. I ws rather moved. Even though the tree is struggling. A pine should really flourish like a weed anywhere.I think it is even more moving because the cars flash by it on the Burwood Highway, and there is really no reason to come here,...more
Most of the little places in Australia have a war memorial. This is where the locals gather for the dawn service on Anzac Day.It is a plain monument - but as sad as they all are. The column has four sides and there are plaques on each side for all the recent wars.WW 1WW 11The Malaya, Korea, Borneo Conflict.The Vietnam Conflict.There is no more room...more
We were starving after all our walking around and the cafe at the lake did not have much...I guess most people brought food along...and that's something we should have done as well...Being a weekend I had expected more quantity if not variety.
Take a walk along the hiking trail and at the very end you come to a moss covered well...we all could use a few wishes coming true....