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

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

Embark on a full-day adventure through the forests, mountains and vineyards of Victoria! Enjoy tea and birdwatching in the Dandenong Ranges, and cruise through a verdant wooded landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at cellar door tastings. Upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings.

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

Escape to the country with this delightful day trip from Melbourne. After morning pickup at Federation Square or your Melbourne hotel, relax in a comfortable air-conditioned coach as the urban bustle gives way to unspoiled greenery (see Hotel Pickup tab and Itinerary for more details).

After a 25-mile (40-km) drive to the Dandenong Ranges, stop at Grants Reserve mountain café for a midmorning Aussie ‘billy’ tea complete with Vegemite and lamington cake. Feed and observe some of the native bird species that flutter about, including cockatoos and crimson rosellas. 

At the neighboring outpost of Belgrave, climb aboard the well-preserved Puffing Billy steam train — the oldest in Australia. Enjoy fresh mountain air as you chug along through the lovely Sherbrooke Forest toward Menzies Creek.

After your historic ride, hop back on the modern coach for a 1-hour drive to the Yarra Valley — Victoria’s beloved wine region. Stop at the beautiful Rochford Winery where you can enjoy an optional two-course lunch with wine pairing or purchase a meal at the on-site café. Visit three other charming wineries for cellar door tastings of the Yarra Valley’s cool-climate varietals, including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir and shiraz. 

Bask in the rosy glow of wine and gorgeous scenery on the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off at your original departure point.

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:
7:10am 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

Donna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

BEAUTIFUL countryside, fantastic tour guide, stupid jerks throwing debris from an overpass that hit the bus' windshield. Nonetheless, a marvelous day in the Melbourne wine country!

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A fantastic day! The ride on the Puffing Billy steam train was a lot of fun and the visit to the wineries was relaxing. Lunch was delicious. Our bus driver/guide, Adrian, was extremely helpful and shared a wealth of knowledge about the areas we visited.

travelman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A nice trip to see a historic train, plus you get out into the country away from the city of Melbourne. We visited three wineries, each of different sizes. At one we had an optional lunch, which was very good.The train ride was so nice I would like to have had a longer one!

Mrs D H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Can't praise this tour enough. Very professional. Excellent driver/ guide - entertaining and informative. Comfortable coach. Pleasant morning tea and excellent lunch at the Rochford Winery . Enjoyed the ride on Puffing Billy and the wine tasting was excellent.

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant day - weather and experience wise. The driver was extremely patient with the inevitable strangler couple and certainly made my day by providing a crepe bandage after I sprained my ankle before even getting onto the bus to the starting point!! The lunch was certainly one of the nicest we experienced over our time in Melbourne. Great choice of vineyards to visit. And the ice cream at the chocolate factory?? YUM!!!

Carolyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent guide - great stops. Was a wonderful experience.

Marina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very nice tour. The buffy billy is nice, wineries are very good, especially Yering. Our guide forgot his name was very funny and knowledgeable.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a really fun tour. Guide Adrian really is knowledgeable about the areas we visited and he capably shared that with us. The steam train was fun. Adrian really encouraged everyone on the tour to get to know each other, By the end everyone was having a friendly time. I'm sure the good wines tasted at the three impressive wineries didn't dampen the atmosphere. Recommend this tour and Adrian.

Jennifer L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Good day trip the scenery was lovely a nice day getting to know the Yarra valley and puffing billy train ride was delightful!

Joohyun K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I liked the guide EDWARD so much. He was kind all the time, and he knew so many things that I have learned a lot of things about wine and Melbourne from him. It was such a nice journey. Great.

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