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Steam Train and Overnight Stay - For 2

Steam Train and Overnight Stay - For 2

Code: VGR582
  • $299
  • Location: Maldon, Central VIC
  • For: 2 people
  1. Valid for 12 months
  2. Free exchange

A relaxing overnight break for anyone who wants to experience a trip back to an era when life took on a slower pace. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay before awaking the next morning to a delightful steam train experience as VIP guests of the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Spend the night enjoying the hospitality of a comfortable country motel in a delightful garden setting and enjoy breakfast before taking a short walk the station the next morning for an unforgettable steam train experience.

Your experience starts as you are welcomed aboard as special guests of the Victorian Goldfields Railway. Sit back and relax as you take a historic journey from Maldon to Castlemaine on the former Victorian Railways Castlemaine to Maldon Broad-Gauge Branchline in the Mount Alexander Shire.

You will be provided with a glass of local wine and nibbles to enjoy on your steam train journey. On your return journey, either you or your partner will have the privilege of making the journey up on the locomotive with the loco crew which adds a unique and exciting extra dimension to your steam train experience.Please note: Due to the popularity of this experience, weekend spots book out well in advance. There are weekday spots readily available, but if you have a weekend date in mind please book at least 1 month in advancePlease note: This experience does not operate during February.

This experience voucher is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.


Maldon (Central Victoria). A 90 minute drive from Melbourne.

Session Length

Trains run on all Sundays, Wednesdays and some Public Holidays. A mutually suitable date and time needs to be arranged between participants and the railway. It is a 2 hour return journey which can be extended with a visit
to either township of Castlemaine or Maldon.


Any adult can participate. The motel accommodation is 3 star and overlooks picturesque gardens. Each unit is antique furnished, with air conditioning, full ensuite with bath and mini bar. Breakfast is included.


This experience is for two people. Although there will be other passengers on the train.




Weather does not interfere with journey , except on days of extreme fire danger, when a diesel loco substitutes for steam.

Other Info:

On redemption of your voucher you will be contacted by the supplier to arrange a suitable date and time to take your experience.


The map below gives you the location of this experience to allow you to plan.

Exact location, directions and meeting place will be available to you once you have booked your experience

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 59 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This was a wonderful experience. We both thoroughly enjoyed the train trip from Maldon to Castlemaine and back via Muckleford. I particularly enjoyed riding with the driver and the fireman in the engine car from Muckleford to Castlemaine. 28 April 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great weekend The train experience was fantastic as were the helpful, friendly staff. We received a complimentary cheese platter & drink when we boarded along with seating in First Class. Being able to ride in the cab of the train was definitely the highlite of the weekend. Would definitely recommend for steam train enthusiasts. 23 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fantastic time had by both Loved every minute of it. A great town and a great experience. The train ride was a real experience and the lunch was fantastic. I would have preferred the steam train but I understood the necessity for the diesel 6 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by This was a most enjoyable experience. This was a Christmas gift which we decided to use for my husbands birthday. The motel was quaint and although small it added to the experience. The room was clean and the service was excellent. The owners were very friendly and extremely helpful with our queries as we had not been to the area before. The train ride was very enjoyable and my husband really enjoyed his ride in the locomotive. The staff (all Volunteers) were very friendly and informative and we felt rather special receiving our cheese platter and drink on the return journey. The only disappointment was that we had a deisel locomotive, which was unavoidable because of the fire danger at present. 19 March 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Had a great time We had a lovely, relaxing time. The accommodation was very pleasant and quite, we stayed on for an extra night and would stay there again. The train trip itself was fun, although because of the weather we had a diesel loco instead of the steam engine but still had fun up front with the driver. All staff both at accommodation and train were very helpful and cheerful. 15 March 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by This was a great short break ! As first time users of Red ballon, I would highly recommend this experience, both the accomodation and the train ride were great, and the staff were excellent ! thank you once again 14 March 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Excellent - both in value and in experience The overnight stay was lovely. Maldon had more to offer than expected. The train trip was fun and riding the loco was exciting for my partner. We will do this again - when the fire risk is lower and the train operating a steam loco. The diesel loco was still a blast. 12 February 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome !! Awesome awesome awesome, this was a 60th birthday present for my mum and the whole weekend was fantastic!! She enjoyed herself and felt like a queen, talked the ears off the loco drivers :) perfect weather, there was 2 markets on in Castlemaine. We stayed in Maldon overnight Hotel was good, friendly staff, clean and fresh. Would definately recommend. 10/10 8 February 2013
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