The full Puffing Billy train experience takes 3-5 hours from Belgrave to Gembrook return (including stops). The train line (a dedicated line used by Puffing Billy trains) weaves in and out of forested areas of Mountain Ash, Myrtle beech and ferny glades, a scenic road trip that makes several road crossings sometimes at ground level and other times on heritage trestle bridges.
It is possible to drive through the same townships that Puffing Billy passes through and stop and wait for the train to go by.
Stops (towns) along the way: Belgrave, Menzies Creek, Emerald, Gembrook
Distance: approx. 24 km from Belgrave to Gembrook
Time: around a 26-minute drive without stops
Terrain: Sealed roads, easy drive, some bends
Note: May include sightings of steam trains!