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Frequently Asked Questions. Please click on the questions below to find out the answers.

If your question isn’t listed below feel free to drop us a line via our contact page.

Where does The Q Train depart from?

The Q Train will primarily depart from Drysdale Railway Station, Drysdale, Victoria. See a map on the Transport Options page. However, on select services The Q Train departs from the Queenscliff Railway Station. We ask that you check your confirmation email carefully, and call us if you have any questions.

Is The Q Train a return trip?

Yes! It will return you to the station you departed from approximately 3 hours later.

Is there car parking available?

Yes, there is plenty of car parking at both Drysdale and Queenscliff Stations.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to the Pricing Info page.

Where does it travel?

The Q Train travels along the Bellarine Railway. We depart from either Drysdale Station, travel through Suma Park and Swan Bay, then turn around at Queenscliff to return to Drysdale.

However, on select services The Q Train departs from the Queenscliff Railway Station. We ask that you check your confirmation email carefully, and call us if you have any questions.

What accessibility measures does The Q Train have in place?

Please visit our Accessibility page for more information.

Is The Q Train air conditioned?

Yes, all of our cars air-conditioned and heated. We use a negative pressure system for air conditioning, which brings in outside air from one end of the carriage, and expels it at the other end. This is unlike most domestic and commercial air conditioning systems which rely on circulating air within the carriage.

Can I travel if I am pregnant?

Yes, you can travel if you are pregnant. However, please note that due to structure and space restrictions, there is limited fixed space between the front of the table and the back of the chair. If you’d like the menu altered due to pregnancy restrictions, please let us know when booking.

How many diners can be accommodated?

Each dining car offers a different dining experience and different table numbers,  please visit the Pricing Info page for more details.

What is the dress code?

The Q Train is an exciting and unique experience. We ask that our patrons reflect this in smart casual. We ask that singlets and thongs not be worn.

What time does The Q Train start & finish?

The Q Train departure times vary. Our timetable shows when we depart, and from what station. We ask that you check your confirmation email carefully, and call us if you have any questions. Please don’t be late – we simply cannot wait. The journey lasts approximately 3 hours.

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

We do not offer refunds, however if we receive 24 hours’ notice for cancellation we will reschedule you on a journey at the time of your choosing, subject to availability. Please refer our Terms and Conditions

Can I smoke on the train?

Smoking is strictly not permitted anywhere on The Q Train or under the station verandah canopies.
On the platforms, smoking is permitted in designated areas, or as instructed by train staff.

Can I buy a gift card for The Q Train?

Yes! Gift cards are available for purchase here. These are valid for 3 years from the date of purchase. Gift cards are non refundable, nor are they redeemable for cash.

Can I have flowers delivered to The Q Train?

Absolutely! We recommend Miss Lillypilly in Drysdale. You can organise with them to have a bouquet waiting on your table when you arrive. Perfect for that special occasion. Contact Miss Lillypilly directly.

When does The Q Train operate?

Our operating calendar is on the Bookings & Timetable Page.

What is included in the cost?

A delicious degustation, crafted from the finest local produce. Please see our Pricing Info page to see what is included in the two different booking options.

How is payment required?

When you book online or via the phone, you can select a zero deposit and store your credit card number to confirm the booking or you can pay the full booking by credit card or bank transfer. We accept all major credit cards.
If you select zero deposit the credit card stored will be charged 7-10 days before travel.
Drinks can be purchased on the train via eftpos, credit card or cash.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, Our carefully designed degustation experience includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut free, and lactose free alterations upon request. Other diets, and preferences or dislikes are unlikely to be accommodated due to the limited kitchen and storage space on board The Q Train. Please note that we do need to know about dietary requirements before your booking. Due to space restrictions, we are unable to make alterations on the day of service. Please see our Menu page for more information about dietary requirements.

Is there a toilet on board?

Each carriage has a toilet on board, however they cannot be used when the train is stationary. There are also toilets at every station.

Can we have more than 6 people per table?

The Q Train restaurant provides fixed table style seating in Q Class for 6, 4 or 2 and in First Class private dining compartments for 2, 6 or 10. There is no provision for moving tables and there is limited fixed space between the front of the table and the back of the chair. If your group is larger than six people in Q Class, please call us to discuss your seating.

Will I get motion sickness?

The Q Train is a moving vehicle travelling at low speeds, averaging between 12-16km/h.

If you are prone to motion sickness, there is a remote chance you may experience minor motion sickness. In our 2 person First class cabins, you both face the same way, so one way of the journey you are both going to be seated backwards.

In Q Class someone will be going backwards. On tables of 2, 4 and 6 you can change where you are sitting to be facing front always if you swap with your group members.

Our First Class Group Carriage has the tables placed longways so no one is backwards.

Where can I stay in the area?

Visit our Accommodation page for a range of places to stay in and around Drysdale, Queenscliff, Geelong and The Bellarine.

What happens if I am running late?

Unfortunately, we can’t wait so please don’t be late. If you are running late, please call us on (03) 4238 3930 and let us know as soon as possible.

I have low vision, can my guide dog come on The Q Train?

Yes, we would love you and your guide dog to join us on The Q Train.

Is The Q Train suitable for children?

The Q Train cannot make provision for small children. This restriction has been carefully considered in the interests of health and safety. However, if your older child would enjoy our degustation, then they are more than welcome. We do not offer children’s fares or menus. Please make note of our late finishing time, the journey lasts approximately 3 hours.

Are any pets allowed on the train?

No, but we do welcome guide dogs!

I’ve received a gift card; how can I redeem it?

Lucky you!

You can book online using your gift card: Book Now! or simply send us an email.

A note about ‘false vouchers’: Unfortunately, unscrupulous people sometimes print fake vouchers, often leaving customers and businesses disappointed. Valid, authentic vouchers from The Q Train contain a unique voucher number and an expiry date. Only vouchers meeting these criteria are able to be redeemed. If you have any questions about a voucher that you have received, send us an email and we will be happy to help.