When it comes to listening to the blues, can you think of a more perfect vessel than a vintage steam train, clickety-clacking its way across the countryside?
The Blues Train, departing from the Victorian coastal town of Queenscliff and making its way through the Bellarine Peninsula is totally unique. Combined with four top-of-the-line blues acts and enough food and wine to run a small music festival, you’ll dance, eat and drink your way past the foreshores of Swan Bay, up into the hills of historic Drysdale, swapping carriages at every stop to listen to another band’s music, before looping back into Queenscliff at journey’s end.
Lunchtime journeys run from noon till 4:30pm, with the dinner train departing at 7pm and returning at 11:30pm (although the bar opens at 6:30pm). Be sure to take your turn in the carriage with seating running along the walls – it’s the best place to hop up for a little post-dinner boogie!
WHERE // Departs Queenscliff, 75min from Melbourne CBD. More info at www.thebluestrain.com.au. Costs vary with group size, but about $72 per person for 20-48 people.
DID YOU KNOW? // The Blues Train is looked after by the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, a committed group of volunteers who are always keen for a helping hand.