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!
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.
Leisurely lunch We received a gift voucher for the QTrain and were thrilled that it exceeded our expectations. Staff greet you warmly on arrival and from then until you return, the service is excellent. The six course degustation provided a wide range of courses showcasing local produce and beer and wines. All of the courses were delicious and 'a picture on a plate' but highlights were the lamb shoulder and pork belly. Stops at Suma Park and Queenscliff provide an opportunity to stretch the legs and enjoy the views of Swan Bay even in the drizzling rain. Highly recommended if you are visiting the Bellarine.
Anniversary treat for ourselves My wife and I treated ourselves to a package which included a ferry ride from Docklands, bus drive to Drysdale and a Degustation meal on the Q Train. All elements came together and the meal was delicious. The train travels between Drysdale and Queenscliff on a heritage rail line. The whole train journey takes about 3 hours and the meals are spread out during this time. We opted for the first class vegetarian menu which included matched wines for each course. The meals and wines complemented each other, and our waiter Tim was helpful explaining the finer points of our meals. The meals aren’t large but all are interesting.In conclusion the Q Train is a fun way to have a great meal. If you do the package from Docklands it will be a long day but it is great fun and great food and service More
What a way to spend a day! What a wonderful train experience. We got on at the old Drysdale station and headed towards Queenscliff at a ver leisurely pace, probably 10 kph. We booked a table for 6 as part of a 50th wedding anniversary. The magnificent food consisted of 6 courses and was delightful. The train stopped at a little siding called Suma Park named after the old homestead, then onto Queenscliff station. Thoroughly recommend it!
Great Day trip from Melbourne We caught the fast Port Phillip catamaran ferry from Docklands, about an hour and a half to Port Arlington, thence 20 minutes by bus to Queenscliff to catch the Q train, which consists of dining carriages originally built for the Queensland Sunlander, and recently renovated. The lunch was 5 courses of interesting locally sourced food, attractively presented, no doubt in a manner to appeal to Instagram enthusiasts. The train follows a short but scenic route beside Swan Bay, then, after a half hour stop at Drysdale, makes a leisurely return to Queenscliff. Drinks are available from the bar. We returned by bus back to Port Arlington to catch the return ferry trip, arriving back shortly before 6pm. A most pleasant scenic and relaxing day, ideal for a special occasion. More
A modern twist on a Bygone era. An anniversary gift from my husband, we combined a dinner on the Q Train with an overnight stay at Drysdale House Bed & Breakfast - a truly wonderful experience.The gorgeous B & B was opposite the Drysdale station, where our train journey began. The train has been loveling restored into a 5 star dining restaurant. We took the first class experience, a 6 course dinner with matching wines, served in an old sleeper compartment which has been remodeled into an intimate dining area for two. The food was delicious and all of the produce comes from local suppliers, as did the wines. The service was brilliant, the staff were all very knowledgeable, friendly & attentive. The train journeys along the old Bellarine Pennisula tourist railway, with gorgeous views of the surrounding area. One of the highlights was watching the sunset over Swan Bay. We had two stops to stretch our legs during the journey. For that next special occasion, I definitely give the Q Train a big thumbs up! More
Saturday lunch on the Qtrain What an amazing experience. Meandering slowly through the meadows, farms and to the ocean from Drysdale to Queenscliff on the Qtrain, enjoying a 6 course degustation menu, sipping wine with friends was fantastic. A truly once in a lifetime experience. Great service, sensational food, and a wonderful ambience.
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!
They are valid for twelve months from the purchase date. An electronic gift card and a tax invoice will be emailed immediately to the purchaser. If you would like a hard copy of your gift card, we can post gift cards at an additional cost. Please select this option when checking out.
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