Welcome aboard The Q Train.
The Q Train is an award winning 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. In 2019 Australian Masterchef were wowed by the experience and hosted one of their Finals episodes on board The Q Train!
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.
In 2016, 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 spent a 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 see us working on restoring and maintaining the carriages, which is an ongoing job!
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.
Total treat A terrific treat of a birthday present for my 50th was a first class degustation experience on board the Q Train. We were welcomed beautifully and settled in to our compartment for two as the Queenslander train slowly chuffed out of the Station. The six course menu with beverages was delicious and faultless, served with professionalism and balance. I’m telling everyone I know.....and even you all who I don’t know! Book it!
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!
A leisurely Sunday afternoon treat It was a perfect day for a train journey through the Bellarine countryside, eating excellent local produce and chatting the afternoon away with special friends. The food served was delicious- from the Summer Picnic baskets with goats cheese, roasted pumpkin, pickles and local butter through to the scummy deconstructed Strawberry Parfait with meringue and honeycomb. Everything was so tasteful, beautifully presented and all from local produce. Portion sizes were small, but not tiny. However we had 8 courses, including a palette cleanser, and I had more than elegant sufficiency by the time the journey ended. I was more than satisfied.The Q train is not just about the food, it is an experience of a slower world where there is time to converse at length with friends, linger over food and wine, and watch the world go by. When was the last time you had a long, three hour lunch?It is definitely a special treat as it is expensive but not outrageously so when the experience is considered, not just the food.It would be lovely if coffee was included in the price. I would have enjoyed a coffee to finish but didn’t want to pay for it. Brewed coffee is not expensive to provide.The staff were delightful- friendly, knowledgeable, helpful but not intrusive. Booking process was very easy.It would be an experience I would like to repeat again, definitely.Thank you to The Q train team.
Outstanding I could not fault this dining experience. Wow, absolutely magnificent. What a great way to while away 3 1/2 hours. As one in our party said, ' it's so relaxing ' . We were greeted warmly on our our arrival at the station. We had a table for six ( there's only two, one at each end so book early if this is needed ) and is was beautifully set up. The six courses were mouth watering and well presented. The staff also made our trip, really attentive and friendly and nothing a problem. There's a drinks carriage you can go to at the beginning but then the staff get the drinks for you. It's lovely travelling along eating fab food and admiring the countryside. There are a couple of stops so you can stretch your legs.To top it off the chef came and introduced himself to each table at the end and we all thought that was a great touch.Fabulous dining experience, thank you Q Train.
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
Elgance and old world charm We had an amazing time on our trip with the q train. Food was amazing, the wines excellent, and for the train Geek, it was mind blown. Matt, Daniel, and Andrew made our visit. Can't wait to do this trip again. Thanks for a unique, elegant dining and train experience.
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
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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