Victorian Goldfields Railway

Ales On Rails

The Ultimate Beer, Food & Steam Train Experience

***Extra date. Thanks to the popularity of the Ales on Rails trains we are delighted to be able to offer another tasting trip on Saturday October 20 - BOOK NOW to not miss out!

Our special Melbourne Cup Day 'Ales on Rails' still has a few tickets available - don't wait to book as it will sell out fast!

Indulge as you are taken into a world of decadence.... first class style.... in 1920's era club and parlour carriages

As your steam train takes you through the countryside from Castlemaine to Maldon, you are taking another journey. Beginning with an easy drinking wheat beer you sample a range of specialty beers culminating in a rich chocolate porter. Light snacks are served by our stewards on the train. Tasting notes are provided.

You will enjoy a gourmet lunch at Maldon’s Kangaroo Hotel^^ and a beer from their extensive craft beer range is included.

For those who are not quite such beer enthusiasts we do offer alternatives; local wines, ciders and soft drinks.

Leave the car at home and travel by train. It’s a comfortable fast trip in modern Velocity services with V/line.

Whether you are a seasoned beer drinker or just want to explore some of the finest brews around, this is for you.

Get a group of friends together, it’s a great day out. Discounts for 10 or more.

Your beers are sourced from Central Victoria’s finest craft brewers including.

* Brookes Brewery Bendigo

* Holgate Brewhouse Woodend

* Shedshaker Brewery (formerly Castlemaine Brewery)

* 40 Acres Brewery

* Tooboorac Brewery


*Leave Castlemaine Railway Station Platform 3 at 12.00pm

*At Maldon 1pm to 3.30pm

*Arrive back at Castlemaine at 4.30pm


Fare includes all beers, lunch at Maldon (inc beer) and snacks on train just $110

10% discount is available for all groups of 10 or more. Enter the promotional code "groupdiscount" to receive this discount

10% discount is available for VGR Members. Enter the promotional code "vgrmember" to receive this discount

Prebooking is essential *Connecting V/Line trains use fast Velocity services. Use your Myki card.

Melbourne (Southern Cross) dep 10.22am returning you at 6.20pm

Bendigo dep 10.30am returning you at 5.17pm

Bookings available online ONLY - BOOK NOW

Enquiries to

Sorry no concession fares and not suitable for under 18’s

If catching V/line services, check the timetable before travelling.
^^dessert extra charge, vegetarian option available at Kangaroo Hotel

ALES ON RAILS is a great function venue.

We are now taking bookings for private hiring of the train on a date that suits you. This is a function with a difference. A number of social clubs ran private Ales on Rails trips in 2016/2017 for their end of year break up. Everyone has a great time.

*Ideal for end of year staff break up parties

*A memorable way to celebrate a significant birthday.

The maximum we can accommodate is 60 people. Enquiries to