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The Blues Train

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Address: 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
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+61 1300 885 993
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Fri - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's...

For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's legendary Blues Train is one of Victoria's most spectacular entertainment and dining experiences.The Blues Train departs Queenscliff between the months of August and May, offering a unique musical meal and show. With a capacity of 200 (50 in each of the four carriages) it has become enormously popular as a function venue and can accommodate and provide catering for parties of one to 200 people for a unique dinner and show - including weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, christmas celebrations and special occasions. The Blues Train event begins at the historic town of Queenscliff. Patrons tuck into a hearty meal prepared by our Blues Train caterers. Drinks to take on the journey are available on the platform from the T-bar in the guard's van, open at each of the four stops.At each stop revellers swap carriages to find a new band tuning-up ready for the next act. One of the carriages only has seating running along each wall. The seating arrangement and up-beat music in this carriage leaves little option other than getting up for a bit of a boogie.But you don't have to dig the blues to enjoy the Blues Train, you just have to be open to a really good time.The Blues Train runs along the old Geelong train line, stopping in turn at Suma Park historic homestead and winery, and then at Drysdale before turning around and making its way back to Queenscliff, again via Suma Park.The Blues Train has hosted many great musicians since its inception, including Aussie blues legends Jimi Hocking, Chris Wilson and Lloyd Spiegel and Aria Award winners Collard Greens and Gravy and Mia Dyson.

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Lotsa smiles & fun amongst The Blues.....

What a fantastic experience! We had been on the Blues Train, for short trips, as part of the Queenscliff Music Festival before, but hadn't done the dinner and extended trip out to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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Byron Bay, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great concept...a moving feast of different blues styles...but could have been much better. Firstly the food was very basic... beef n'gravy, pasta, salads.. no dessert ..all served up like factory /school canteen meals..unimaginative ! Only one of the carriages was arranged to allow dancing which everyone enjoyed. The music in the other carriages was generally a good standard but became... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a fantastic experience! We had been on the Blues Train, for short trips, as part of the Queenscliff Music Festival before, but hadn't done the dinner and extended trip out to Drysdale. We had fun, as a couple, socialising with the other people, rotating around the four carriages. Two carriages are deemed the dancing carriages and the others were... More 

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Thank Heather F
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed all 4 bands. Excellent Blues music in an intimate setting. Great pop up bars along the way. Fun night

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Thank lyndalulu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been on the Blues Train a few times now- and every time I go, I feel as excited as the first, perhaps even as excited as a child taking their very first steam train ride!! It's an experience I highly recommend for anyone looking for a special and memorable way to experience the region, and most importantly- Blues Music!... More 

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Thank Laddy1980
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We'd been trying to plan a family celebration on the Blues Train for over a year but could never seem to get everyone together but at last it clicked and whilst the evening certainly wasn't summery it wasn't too cold when purchasing refreshments from the station stops or relieving oneself to enable a refill. The music was great with each... More 

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Thank Stemicmellac
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I had the most amazing night aboard the Blues Train. 4 fantastic acts, an awesome crowd, and wonderful friendly, capable staff. Food was simple but tasty....(people tend to forget that are catering for a large and diverse group so simple is best). The staff go to every effort to ensure this is a wonderful night. Thanks for... More 

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Thank Natalie R
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had been before. This time 3 couples. Starting in cartilage B means eating on your lap . Food is good. Ticket pricey At 106 dollars a head for dinner and show. Drinks on the platform not bad. Beer expensive. Music was good but I think would be better if there were less seats in the train and more room to... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much depends on the carriage atmosphere.. we had a group who hogged all the seats leaving non group people on the edges of their exuberant intoxicated action... entertaining...fortunately great blues music is the key to the Blues Train and that did not disappoint.

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Queenscliff, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent entertainment /music to enjoy while travelling in the iconic steam train of Queenscliff. Station stops along the way to change carriages and restock refreshments. A great way to celebrate any occasion with a group or as a couple. A well organised evening includes a meal and 4 carriages of fine music ,maybe a dance.!

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Barwon Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I must admit that when we first arrived at Queenscliff station to see the throngs of people there and the line for the bar very long, my hopes of a fun night slid down a notch or two. But I needn't have worried. The line moved quickly and after a bit of a wait for dinner (tip: don't go along... More 

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TheBluesTrain, General Manager at The Blues Train, responded to this review

Hi Puntrd, It is so great that you had an incredible night on the train! It is a real credit to all the people who work hard behind the scenes so that people like you have an unforgettable experience! We agree, it is near impossible to not get up on your feet and let loose! We can't wait for your... More 

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