Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour. 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.
It was day well spent. All aspects of the tour were enjoyable and well done. Excellent tour for someone like me who has one free day to see what Australia has to offer in the Melbourne area.
We had a fabulous day on this tour. Our driver was very knowledgeable and informative. He even found kangaroo grazing in a field and stopped for us to have a look!! The Healesville Sanctuary was terrific. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.
In a word: excellent. The experience was complimented with a well informed coach driver with a good sense of humour.
I really enjoyed the entire day. Each stop had something intriguing and different to offer. The meal at the winery was one of the best meals of my entire vacation. Thanks!
Definitely with going on - Puffing Billy train old and quaint! On day of tour pulled by diesel locomotive rather than steam - this was due to a high fire risk day but did not spoil enjoyment. I opted for the afternoon wildlife sanctuary tour and managed to see many species. Coach driver knowledgable.
Having been picked up at my hotel it was absolute chaos at the joining point Federation Square - suggest this is sorted as soon as possible! Apart from hat, the rest of the trip was well organised and very enjoyable.
Puffing Billy was okay, it rained most of the time and people sat in the windows so it was hard to see around them unless you stood. We only had lunch at Yarra Valley which was nice, no tour was included. The Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary would have been better maybe with a different guide or to go out on our own.
Great tour, bus pickup was on time, tour guide/bus driver's commentaries were funny, keeps you listening. Bus ride was comfortable, took us through the scenic route.
Puffing Billy train ride was the best part of the tour, although I was slightly disappointed that it didn't last very long (only to one other station) and that it didn't pass the famous trestle bridge in the picture.
Lunch was good. Food was delicious, did not keep us waiting for long.
The sanctuary visit was good as well. It rained while we were there but still, enjoyed feeding the birds and got to see platypuses.
The hotel drop off was a real bonus as well if you're not driving in Melbourne.
Overall I really enjoyed the tour, would definitely recommend it to people who love to explore the countryside and watch animals, all in a day! .
Amazing scenery and fund activities. Aside from the driver who picked us up at our hotel, all staff were very friendly, fun and courteous. Overall, a wonderful experience providing many memories.
The tour was every enjoyable, Bill was a great driver/guide, very helpful. The ride on Puffing Billy was too short and we didn't really have time to look at the specialised merchandise. Lunch at the winery was okay but we seemed to be hurried with the meal, although we had plenty of time. The volunteers at the Healesville Sanctuary were excellent, very knowledgeable, and showed us a much as they could in the time available. All in all a worthwhile tour and would recommend it.
Tour guide fantastic and everything until Healesville great. Think it was mainly the rainy weather that closed so much down at the sanctuary. Particularly looking forward to 'Birds of Prey' show. As we got off bus we were told that it would probably be canceled due to the weather. Weather got much worse so we thought it was off but at one stage heard PA, ran around in circles, found show on but were locked out. Several exibits closed. Others the animals were naturally hiding because of the rain. Reptil e house - saw a keeper taking visitors into an interesting looking room - went to follow - had door shut in our face - no sorry too many or only for certain people. Can't help weather but felt that a bit more effort needed to be made or simply close the place.
A ride through lush valley filled with tall trees and tree ferns in semi-open carriages so you can experience the wind in your hair and the sight/sound/smell of a beautifully restored and maintained steam locomotive.
Best done on a nice day in sunshine, with ones legs dangling out the carriage window, not like we did when it was grey, drizzling rain and about 5 degrees Celcius.