Welcome aboard The Q Train.
The Q Train is a restaurant that travels along the historic Bellarine Railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff. The train usually departs from, and returns to, Drysdale Station, just an easy 15-minute drive from Geelong. However, on select services The Q Train departs from, and returns to, the Queenscliff Railway Station. Please check the timetable page before booking accommodation to choose a time and departure station that suits you. The Q Train runs for approximately 3 hours.
Never before has Australia seen a heritage rail line used for showcasing local food, wine, beer and cider. We’re inviting locals and visitors alike to come aboard our restored carriages and enjoy a gastronomical journey unlike anything else you have experienced.
We are serving local produce on every journey from the comfort of our refurbished dining cars; providing every customer with a delicious rail journey, and unique views of Swan Bay and the Bellarine.
Wine and dine in style with The Q Train.
*The Q Train clearly displays departure stations and times on our timetable page. Please check your confirmation email carefully for departure times and stations, as refunds cannot be given if you miss the train. Call us on (03) 4238 3930 if you have questions.
A couple of years ago, two blokes who’d worked with trains for the better part of 50 years purchased several historic carriages from Queensland Rail. They sought the expertise of a hospitality pundit, and then our team was born. We’ve spent the last year or so refurbishing the old carriages, and have transformed a part of the old “Sunlander” into a new boutique rail restaurant called “The Q Train”. How’s that for recycling?!
If you live around the Bellarine area, you may have seen us working on restoring the carriages over the last 12 months.
As long term homeowners on the Bellarine Peninsula, we have dreamed of creating a Restaurant Train to showcase the beautiful Bellarine and Swan Bay scenery, whilst offering premium local food and beverages. The Q Train is the realisation of this and we are proud to share this vision with Geelong, The Bellarine and beyond!
What is a degustation?
A degustation is great way for restaurants to take their guests on a culinary journey. (A metaphorical journey – not all restaurants are on wheels!) With a number of smaller courses, guests can try many different flavours and combinations that, while being quite different from each other, all tie together as well. Sometimes degustations are called “tasting menus” or “chefs selections” or “feed me menus”. The word “degustation” comes from the French word for taste.
Why should I try The Q Train’s degustation?
Every one of our courses highlights local produce, and there is no other restaurant in the world where you get to experience the best produce from the region while travelling through that region! Our menu changes seasonally, and can be paired with some of the finest beer, wine and cider from Bellarine, Geelong, and the Otways.
Will I be too full or still hungry at the end?
Just like baby bear’s porridge, we think the amount you receive over your three hour culinary journey is just right. The portions are carefully planned so you can appreciate every course, and not be uncomfortable when you leave. Of course, not everyone is the same. Don’t starve yourself to ‘make room’ before you come, and if you’re coming for lunch, you will still have room for dinner that night.
Sail from either Docklands to Portarlington or from Sorrento to Queenscliff on board the ferry, arrive in beautiful Portarlington or Queenscliff and you will be transported to The Q Train.
Diners will then experience The Q Train’s amazing degustation, featuring local Bellarine produce, in The Q Train’s refurbished carriages. The train will travel a return journey towards Queenscliff or Drysdale with views of Swan Bay and local scenery.
After lunch, you’ll be transported back to the ferry where you can sail to Docklands or Sorrento whilst dreaming of your wonderful meal and your next visit.
Loved this experience, highly recommended. A great way to showcase local produce. We were greeted on arrival and had our photo taken on the red carpet, it was so nice to be greeted with a glass of bubbles and a canape, prior to be shown your first class carriage. The menu was innovative and beautifully presented and served. Loved the gin cured salmon. Our butler Jayden deserves a special mention he was attentive, and explained so well the wines of the region - congratulations. The train ride through the country side was relaxing and enjoyale. A perfect day.
Thoroughly recommended! We went on the Q Train late last year in the first class diner. When we got there, we were greeted and escorted to our compartment and also shown the bar carriage where we had a drink before departure. Once the train left we settled into our compartment and had a wonderful 6 course dinner with matched drinks which were amazing! Staff were so helpful and knowledgeable and friendly. The train stopped a couple of times so we could get out and stretch our legs, though really we could walk around the train whenever we wanted to.
Birthday Celebration A perfect birthday experience with my husband. We were made to feel special as soon as we walked through the gate when we were asked if we'd like a photo together. We started with cocktails in the bar carriage and followed this with a delicious degustation meal using local produce with matching wine from local wineries. The service staff are well trained with their knowledge of the courses and wines. Highly recommended.
Wife’s Birthday We experienced the Q Train degustation lunch from Drysdale to Queenscliff return. Travelling in First class we were attended by our Butler, Matt. Matt was exceptional in his attentive service, informative information & pleasant demeanour. We cannot recommend this experience highly enough for value & enjoyment.
A journey to remember Booked for my wife's 50th birthday. Great experience. We took the first class option as it comes with paired with wines and your own room. The food is amazing, it's degustation so don't think it's 250g of ribeye and mounds of potato.Staff are attentive and informed about the local wines and local produce. You get to get off at stations and walk around, talk to people if you want.All in all, a great night.
Melbourne wine and food event Teage Ezard was guest chief . I have never experienced such professionals in the hospitality industry as was the staff on board . The 8 course meal was fantastic and balanced and the Scotchman Hill wines went excellently with the food. Great experience but overwhelmed by the service Mnm
We proudly showcase local food, wine, beer & cider from Geelong, the Otways, and the Bellarine. Taking a journey with us on The Q Train allows you to discover the best of what our region has to offer, while enjoying its beautiful scenery as an ever-changing vista through your train window.
We have restored and refurbished our dining cars to create the ultimate in rail dining experiences.
Have a browse through our gallery and then come and experience a train journey you’ll never forget. We look forward to welcoming you!
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