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Victorian Goldfields Railway

Castlemaine Train Station | Kennedy St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5470 6658
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Good day out

Good idea to book beforehand. We did Castlemaine to Maldon return with a two hour stay in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Househillwood
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The VGR - a true treasure in the Victorian Goldfields

What a gorgeous gem in the Victorian Goldfields! A heritage steam train huffs and puffs through... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
Kate M
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Melb
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Authentic Steam Railway linking historic Castlemaine and Maldon. The must do activity for all visitors to central Victoria. You can catch the train for a return trip from either Castlemaine or Maldon stations. Fun for the whole family as you get up close to a real steam train. For a touch of class step back in time to the Golden Age of rail travel when the journey was as important as the destination. Travel in luxury parlour cars complete with full bar service. Enjoy the view from the end observation balcony. Travel with driver for a small extra fare. You can even drive your own special steam train.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good31%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“first class” (60 reviews)
“steam engine” (17 reviews)
“return trip” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Castlemaine Train Station | Kennedy St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
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+61 3 5470 6658
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good idea to book beforehand. We did Castlemaine to Maldon return with a two hour stay in Maldon.Family of five and we had a good time but weather was terrible and carriages very cold with no heating. Kids entertainment was good with clowns, balloons and...More

Thank Househillwood
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

What a gorgeous gem in the Victorian Goldfields! A heritage steam train huffs and puffs through fascinating goldfields landscapes. There are two first class parlous cars - 'Tambo' and 'Macedon' - that have been restored to their former glory and they are simply exquisite! Andrew,...More

1  Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

I had no expectations going for a ride on a rickety old train pulled by a steam engine but WOW! I loved every moment of this classic one hour journey. To sit and watch the bush go by while being lulled into the clicky clack...More

1  Thank Giselle175
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Had a wonderful time on this old train, travelling in 2nd class but probably made no difference in what class you travel, the experience was wonderful.what ever way you go. We had an extended travel returning to Maldon because of difficulty getting up the steep...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

the service by the cabin crew was excellent, One Cabin Crew member Duncan was very helpful, and friendly. It was the first time Iflew by myself. the staff were good to me. I was told if I needed assistance just ask. The food on the...More

Thank Paul O
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

I came with family members and we paid a little extra to sit in the first class carriage. We had cheese platters and drinks (wine, beer, and soft drink) and gazed out the window in air conditioned comfort at the forests, farms, and dams. The...More

1  Thank platypus150
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The Victorian Goldfields Railway is an absolute must for train fans and kids alike! The steam loco operates most of the time, just not in the summer months where it is replaced by a heritage diesel locomotive. The carriages have wonderful timber and pressed metal...More

1  Thank -Guzzis-are-ace-
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I'd say the rating for this attraction is average to very good; carriage was lovely and air conditioning welcomed on this hot and humid day, although it didn't work on the way home? For $70 dollars each on a slow trip to Maldon from Castlemaine...More

Thank Harry J
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

This was part of my partners Christmas present. He loved the trip even without the steam engine. Being in first class on a hot day was also a treat Service was great and really enjoyed the cheese platter. Would have been nice to have some...More

Thank outbackislandgirl
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Travelled Castlemaine to Maldon on the Goldfields Railway The 11.45 train allows sufficient time in Maldon to grab some lunch and have a look around this wonderful old town. The trip itself is a relaxing trip with private booths big enough for a family of...More

1  Thank 14JD68
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Cucueee
3 October 2017|
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Response from Lynne M | Reviewed this property |
It is at the discretion of the Station Master for Excursion Class only. No dogs permitted in 1st Class.
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Anniem422
10 April 2017|
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Response from Andrew R | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we run all year around every Sunday and Wednesday although only Sundays in February. During summer we generally run a diesel locomotive but chekh closer to the time. Otherwise we run steam locomotives.. Bookings can... More
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Belinda C
26 December 2015|
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Response from Andrew R | Property representative |
Hi Belinda, At present it is not possible to prebook unless you have a group of 10 or more. There is generally plenty of room but suggest arriving at station 1/2 hr before departure.
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