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.
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.
Very Enjoyable. We took the ferry from Melbourne with a bus ride to the train and what a lovey day out it was. It’s so good to get out of the city and share the tourist dollars around. This tram sources local produce and employs local people and that’s a great thing. I’d do it again and recommend it.
A great day out We were given a gift voucher for the Q-train (Sail, rail & dine) for an anniversary gift.What an experience for something we had never even heard of.After catching the ferry from Docklands across the bay to Port Arlington, we were met by the lovely mini bus crew and driven to the train. We were greeted by the fantastic staff and shown to our carriage and table.The staff were so hospitable and full of knowledge about the meals they were serving us. Excellent food, wines and so relaxing. The short breaks were great to get off and stretch the legs. We so enjoyed ourselves we have been telling everyone about what a great day it was. 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
Q for quite nice The Q train was a really nice, unique experience. My partner and I got a voucher for the first class experience. We had a nice spacious private booth and were waited on by a lovely gentleman who was quite knowledgeable. You have 6 courses over 3 hours, with matching wines in first class. We had 2 stops where you could get off to stretch your legs and check out the disco bar, where you can get a variety of other drinks.The food was nice, great to see they use mostly local ingredients too. A great experience overall!
Awesome We travelled on The Q Train in first class and right from arriving at the station and being greeted with a glass of bubbly and a little taste tempter we knew it was going to be an amazing experience and we were not disappointed. Everything was superb from the food, to matching wines and of course our own waiter Matt. Could not fault anything, well worth every dollar spent.
Loved this!!!!! Destress extraordinaire-what a lovely way to wind down, eat amazing local produce and have matched wines, your personal Butler with good knowledge of the wines and local food, whilst being gently taken through the countryside of the Bellerine Penninsula. The whole process is well thought out, we wandered to the ferry at Dockside Melbourne, were met by a knowledge bus driver and greeted by enthusiastic staff who handed us local bubbles and a canapé on the red carpet to first class. Then our private dining space was immaculate and cosy for the journey. Highly recommended.
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
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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