- Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary day trip from Melbourne
- Take a drive through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges
- Feed the birds and try Aussie billy tea
- Ride the Puffing Billy steam train through forests of towering mountain ash trees
- Get up-close to over 200 species of Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, emus and wombats at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Take a ride on the century-old Puffing Billy steam train and get up close to koalas and kangaroos at the Healesvillle Wildlife Sanctuary.
Recent Photos of This Tour
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What You Can Expect
Admire views of towering mountain ash gum trees, the world's tallest flowering plants, as you wind your way up the mountains to Grant's Reserve in the quaint mountain village of Kallista. Handfeed the local crimson rosellas, sulfur-crested cockatoos and pink-and-gray galahs as you drink in the crisp mountain air and enjoy a traditional Australian billy tea with savory Vegemite spread and chocolate-and-coconut lamington cakes.
Leaving Grant's Reserve, your tour takes you to the town of Belgrave in the foothills of Dandenong Ranges to board the famous Puffing Billy steam train. This historic train trip takes you 100 years back in time to the days of steam travel as you ride the train from Belgrave to the Yarra Ranges village of Gembrook. Cross the wooden trestle bridge on this 30-minute ride through the rainforest, and glimpse faraway views of Port Phillip Bay glistening on the horizon.
Relax after your Puffing Billy train ride and enjoy lunch hamper (at own expense) at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary.
After a leisurely lunch, enjoy a tour of Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australia’s premier wildlife reserves. See all kinds of native animals in a natural bush setting, including wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, owls, emus eagles and, of course, koalas. Don’t miss the popular birds of prey display and see sleepy koalas chewing gum leaves in their eucalypt-tree habitats.
Leaving Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, make your way back to Melbourne, arriving at your city hotel in the late afternoon.
- A selection of antipasto including a variety of; local cheeses, cured meats, marinated olives, harvest made dips and bread
- A crunchy roll with a variety of fillings; free range chicken and house made mayo, fresh salad and cheddar cheese, ham with cheese and tomato relish
- A soft drink, local cider or local beer
- Sandwich, juice & muffin
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7:00am YHA Metro (Queensberry)
Lots of fun. Really enjoyed the train ride. The Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was well worth the visit. We had an excellent guided tour. Super tour.
The whole day was great, even though it rained early on and during the train ride. The bus driver was fantastic a bag of knowledge during the whole trip, including taking us on an unexpected detour to a local chocolate factory. Highly recommend it.
The trip lasted several hours.. but most probably the kids only remember the train ride. Its simply fantastic!
This is a good tour as the bus takes you to a station where you can get into this narrow guage railway which will take you around the countryside to the next station. The journey is great and you can actually sit in a peculian manner where you feet are outside the window. The journey was great. The best was Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a sanctuary which everyone should visit. You can enter into nets where endangered birds fly by and you can feed birds. The guide is great and you will enjoy the same. Worth every penny you spend on this tour.
Very interesting tour, well organised. The guide took a group photo. Can we have a copy please?
Thanks for the wonderful experience.
This tour was amazing!
We took the full day Puffing Billy/Yarra Valley Healesville Sanctuary trip. The coach was clean and comfortable, and the driver was well informed and interesting. We had a nice stop for morning tea/coffee price included and a grand ride in a reserved car on Puffing Billy.
We opted to visit the Healesville Animal Sanctuary rather than the wineries, in the afternoon. If you are traveling with children, this is s good opportunity to see Australian animals with a trained docent. The bird show was amazing.
We had a last minute stop at a chocolate shop, and then home.
For those who have only seen cities in Australia - this trip is a great opportunity to see country and forest.
Hotel Pick Up - nice and easy but also caused us to he ready over an hour before tour actually started. If you are staying anywhere near Federation Square, where the actual tour bus originates, grab a coffee and brekkie and enjoy the walk.
Sun Lotion - if you are doing the Healesville Sanctuary, you might need some for the bird show.
Fantastic day, Puffing Billy above expectations.
Our whole family loved this trip and the whole day itself.
The coach driver Peter had a wealth of local knowledge as well as the history behind the 'Puffing Billy' which made it even more special.
The train ride itself was very enjoyable and our 3 young kids loved it. The trip afterwards around the animal sanctuary was also lovely and our guide Rae was great fun and got our kids involved.
If you are planning on visiting Melbourne and thinking of a day trip then this is a must !
Had a great time tour guide had great knowledge would highly recommend