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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Visit the Dandenong Ranges on a day trip from Melbourne that takes you riding through forests of towering mountain ash gum trees and giant tree ferns on the Puffing Billy steam train and meeting Australia's unique wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary. Discover the beauty of Melbourne's most scenic regions as you feed cockatoos and rosellas in the Dandenong Ranges.

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

Your tour begins with pickup from your Melbourne hotel. Enjoy a relaxing coach trip through Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs as you travel from the city to the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of the city.

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 ( if option selected) 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.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:

Adult:
- 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
Child:
- Sandwich, juice & muffin


Hotel Pickups:
7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
7:10am Atlantis Hotel
6:50am Bayside Eden
6:50am Bayview on the Park
7:00am Charsfield Hotel
7:15am Clarian Gateway Suites
7:10am Comfort Inn & Suites Flagstaff City(Dudley St)
6:45am Cosmopolitan
7:20am Crowne Metropol
7:05am Crowne Plaza
7:15am Crowne Promenade
7:20am Crowne Towers
7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
7:10am Eastern Townhouse
7:15am Hilton on the Park
7:00am Hilton Southwharf
7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
7:10am Hotel Discovery
7:25am Hotel Sofia
7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate
7:30am Ibis Therry St
7:15am Intercontinental (Flinders Lane Entrance)
7:25am Kings St 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
7:30am Mercure Grand Swanston
7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:10am Miami Motor Inn
7:05am Novotel Collins
6:40am Novotel Bayside
7:20am Oaks on Market
7:25am Park Hyatt
6:55am Parkview
7:25am Quest On William
7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am Rendezvous
7:20am Rydges Melbourne
7:00am Rydges on Swanston, Carlton
7:00am Seasons Botanical
7:15am Sofitel Hotel
7:25am Stamford Plaza
7:05am Travelodge Docklands
7:15am Vibe Savoy
7:10am Westin
7:15am Windsor Hotel
7:00am YHA Metro (Queensberry)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

All of the places we visited are interesting. Many lessons learned abt nature n animals. Puffing Billy is very classic. No one should miss visiting these places. The tour team is very friendly, the coached bus driver is very informative n funny. Enjoyed his funny jokes on the way to the destination.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

we had a lovely day and Roger was a great bus driver and tour guide. He made it all very easy for us. My son would have given him 10 bonus's as he got us all home safe and sound. Thanks again Henry and Cathy

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