Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

Ales On Rails

The Ultimate Beer, Food & Steam Train Experience

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.

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 $125

^^dessert extra charge, vegetarian option available at Kangaroo Hotel

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 essential & 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.

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 run private Ales on Rails trips 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