Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Melbourne Shore Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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Great tour and fabulous animal sanctuary! Not to be missed if you want to see all of Australia's wonderful wildlife in a pristine park with natural settings. Viator did a wonderful job making all of our tours great and worry free.
Long drive to sanctuary but enjoyed that very much. Claire gave us a great tour around since she had worked there before. Steam train was nice as well.
had problem with communications as where the pickup point was located. Tour and guide were great and we would do it again. Jim and Karen
There were only four of us on this tour. Being new there was a little confusion as to pick up and drop off times. I was somewhat stressed that we get back to the ship before sailing time. Healesville is a 90 minute drive from the dock and the steam train about 45 minutes from there. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and he did barbecue a lunch for us. The Featherdale sanctuary near Sydney was a much better experience for me than Healesville. The train ride was brief, historical, scenic but not terribly memorable.
Very disappointing. The sanctuary is a regular zoo.
The guide was very irresponsible left the group to watch a show and it took us more then 20 min to find her.
I wouldn't recommend this part of the trip.
We really enjoyed the train.
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This was probably the worst excursion we have taken. Claire, our driver, was irritated that she had been waiting an hour at the ship when we all appeared exactly when our vouchers said to meet. The 12 passenger BASIC van was not comfortable for 11 of us. It was a very uncomfortable ride as the van had no springs/shocks. Several of us were stiff and sore the next day. The van radio was on and Claire talked to the windshield so it was very difficult to hear in the back. She did not have a microphone. When someone asked her to turn down the radio so we could hear her she said, " but, I'm not talking now." and the radio stayed on all day. Healesville was fine although we wandered around as a group trying to find Claire at a BBQ spot where she was cooking. Lunch was basic - good sausages, loaf of bread, 2 small salads and, "if you want something to drink, walk back to the cafe." It would have been nice to know that as we passed the cafe. Time was short so we picked up the Puffing Billy Steam Train at the half way point, missing the famous trestle. Maybe less time at Healesville? The best thing I can say about Claire and this excursion was that she got us back to the ship before it sailed. There has got to have been a better vehicle with a microphone system and a guide that engaged with her people.
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