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.
Unique experience The 6 course Spring degustation menu is peefectly balanced and delicately flavoured to showcase local hugh quality produce. Presentation is faultless and so pleasing to the eye. Service and ambience quite unique. Excellent local wine list. Would recommend the lunch trip for a changing view of green paddocks, golden canola fields and sparling waters of Swan Bay.A highly pleasurable experience and worth travelling to the Bellarine to enjoy.
First Class Dinner on The Q Train The First Class Dinner on The Q Train exceeded all expectations. From the beautiful welcome at the station gate, the impeccable service by Matt and the outstanding 6 course degustation meal with paired wines, we enjoyed the most wonderful dining experience. We will return.
Truly a first class afternoon From start to finish this was a wonderful experience I cannot wait to go back. I was greeted on arrival with a delicious salmon mousse charcoal cone and a gorgeous glass of locally sourced sparkling. Then escorted onto the beautifully renovated train and into our own private dining cabin. The food was delicious and using all local produce with matching wines. The staff were knowledgeable and just delightful with Head Chef (Nathan Darlington) taking the time to explain some of the dishes including an incredibly delicious dessert. This would suit a couple on a date, a wedding anniversary, a ladies lunch, even a work function. The train makes its way slowly past farmland and ocean and stops briefly along the way at some small stations. Didn't want the afternoon to end! More
Fun day with friends If you're looking for something different that you and some friends can enjoy with all the hard work done for you, check out the Q Train. The Q Train is an old, refurbished Queensland train fitted out for fine dining. It filled the whole day and we experienced some beautiful local food and wine.We chose the "sail, rail and dine" package that included a return ferry from Docklands and a coach taking us to and from the Q Train. The food and service provided during the 6 courses was amazing and we were presented with a very good wine list.A couple of quick stops at old stations allowed us to stretch our legs as there is not much room between each table.My favourite course was the pork belly.One of my friends has certain dietary requirements and we would like to thank the chef for carefully reviewing the entire menu with my friend a week before our trip to ensure she enjoyed the meal as much as everyone else
Fabulous and catered for dietary requirements We had a wonderful evening in First Class on The Q Train. From the moment we arrived we were looked after, especially regarding dietary requirements. The kitchen staff invited us into the kitchen and ensured they understood all intolerances. The journey, food, wine, service and ambience were outstanding. A memorable and very special evening. This is a must do experience.
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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