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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Explore the delightful Dandenong Ranges with this family-friendly day trip from Melbourne. Chug through an emerald forest aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train, and enjoy a traditional Aussie ‘billy’ tea and bird feeding among the fresh mountain scenery. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and koalas.

Highlights

  • 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.

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What You Can Expect

Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Crimson rosellas and their fantastic colors

Discover why the Dandenong Ranges are a favorite destination for day-tripping Melbournians on this fun-filled, full-day tour. After morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel or Federation Square, relax on the 1-hour ride to the Dandenong Ranges. Stop at the Grants Reserve café for a traditional Australian billy tea served with lamington cakes and Vegemite, and then try your hand at feeding some of the area’s native cockatoos and brilliant crimson rosellas while surrounded by verdant ash gum trees. 

Continue on to the town of Belgrave and hop aboard Puffing Billy — the oldest steam train in Australia. Settle in to one of the wonderfully preserved railcars and watch the mountain scenery glide by on a 30-minute ride that takes you through the lush Sherbrooke Forest and across a historic wooden trestle bridge.

Next, head to the famous Healesville Sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of native Australian wildlife. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch from one of the on-site cafés (own expense), and then set off to explore the zoo’s beautifully landscaped habitats. Get an up-close encounter with amazing marsupials like kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and koalas, and observe other animals like echidnas, platypuses, lyrebirds and dingoes. Attend various feedings and presentations throughout the day to learn more about these incredible creatures. 

Sit back and relax on the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your original departure point in the late afternoon.

Itinerary

Hotel pickups:
7:10am Adara East Apartments
7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
7:10am Atlantis Hotel
6:50am Bayside Eden
6:50am Bayview on the Park
6:50am Como Hotel
7:20am Crown Metropol
7:15am Crown Promenade
7:20am Crown Towers
7:25am Crowne Plaza
7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
7:00am Hilton Southwharf
7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
7:25am Hotel Sofia
7:30am Ibis Hotel Therry Street
7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:35am Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto
7:25am Kings Street Backpackers
7:10am Langham Hotel
7:10am Magnolia Court
7:05am Mantra on Jolimont
7:35am Mantra on Russell
7:20am Mantra on the Park
7:30am Marriott Hotel
7:15am Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:30am Mercure Grand on Swanston
6:55am Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:30am Mercure Welcome Hotel
7:10am Miami Hotel
6:40am Novotel Bayside
7:30am Novotel Collins
7:20am Oaks on Market
7:25am Park Hyatt
7:15am Pullman on the Park
7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am Rendezvous Hotel
7:00am Rydges Carlton
7:20am Rydges Melbourne
7:00am Seasons Botanical
7:15am Sofitel Hotel
7:25am Stamford Plaza
7:05am Travelodge Docklands
7:05am Travel Inn Carlton
7:15am Vibe Savoy
7:10am Westin Hotel
7:15am Windsor Hotel

Customer Reviews

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A great experience and the tour was everything we expected it to be.

ChambeWA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

Chiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

Meng Liang T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The trip lasted several hours.. but most probably the kids only remember the train ride. Its simply fantastic!

Cheruthon N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

Peng Hong L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very interesting tour, well organised. The guide took a group photo. Can we have a copy please?

Thanks for the wonderful experience.

d p segedin s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

ScoutMidwest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

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.

Tips:

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.

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fantastic day, Puffing Billy above expectations.

Gee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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 !

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