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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Travel through the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley wine region on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Have morning tea and see spectacular native birds in the rainforest of the Dandenongs, then ride the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train through Sherbrooke forest. Head to nearby Yarra Valley for an afternoon in Victoria's famous wine region. Enjoy three tastings at premium wineries and have the option to include a 2-course lunch paired with wine. Your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary throughout the day.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to the Dandenong Ranges, Puffing Billy Steam Train, and Yarra Valley, from Melbourne
  • Have morning tea in the picturesque Dandenongs and hand-feed colorful wild native birds
  • Ride Australia's oldest steam train, the Puffing Billy Steam Train, through the rainforest in the Dandenongs
  • Take in the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges
  • Taste a variety of wines at three wineries with views overlooking and Yarra Valley and rolling hills
  • Savor a 2-course lunch at Rochford Winery accompanied by premium wine (if option selected)
  • Learn about the regions you visit with expert commentary from your friendly guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The scenic ride on the quaint steam train, combined with wine tastings, make for a relaxing day in the Melbourne countryside.

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What You Can Expect

Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour from Melbourne

Leave Melbourne in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and head 25 miles (40km) east to the Dandenong Ranges, where steep valleys, rushing waterfalls and a rainforest full of mountain ash trees cloak the 2,000 feet (610m) high mountains.

When you arrive in the Dandenongs, stop in at Grants Reserve for a traditional Aussie billy tea with crackers, vegemite, and lamington cake. Enjoy your tea and the fresh mountain air, then step outside to feed colorful native birds, including the crimson rosella, pink-chested galah and sulphur-crested cockatoo. Birdsong can be heard throughout the region.

After Grants Reserve, continue to Belgrave where you board the Puffing Billy Steam Train, a century-old steam train in mint condition. Relax and soak up the scenery as your train chugs along a mountain track through the heart of the rainforest between Belgrave and Menzies Creek. Travel through Sherbrooke Forest and over the old Trestle Bridge, getting great views of Port Phillip Bay as you approach Menzies Creek.

Switch from the train to your coach to make the 1-hour journey to the Yarra Valley. Victoria’s premium wine growing region, the Yarra Valley is known for cool climate varietals, especially chardonnay and pinot noir. You can also expect to find sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling, cabernet sauvgnon, shiraz, and merlot varieties as well.

As you approach the Yarra Valley, see magnificent scenery including the Great Dividing Range. Your first stop takes in Rochford Winery, with the option to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of their premium wine. If you do not book the included lunch option, you can order à la carte at the winery or bring your own lunch.

After your meal, continue to two other wineries where you savor the wines and learn about the vineyards and winemaking process. In the late afternoon, after visits to three vineyards for tastings, relax on the drive back to your Melbourne hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
Main Course:
  • Beef cheek with garlic mashed potatoes and greens OR
  • Salmon with a salad of fennel, orange and pea shoots OR
  • Wild mushroom risotto with spinach OR
  • Chicken breast with bacon & onion potato bake and wilted spinach
Dessert:
  • Chef's selection of fresh baked cakes
  • Coffee or tea
Menu may change due to seasonal availability.

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 July 2014

Loved the tourist guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

I don't really like wine, but the view in the winery was extraordinary. Really had a great time there

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