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 landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at cellar-door tastings. Plus, upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings.
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 native birds
Ride Australia's oldest steam train, the Puffing Billy Steam Train, through the rainforest in the Dandenongs
Taste a variety of wines at three wineries with views overlooking Yarra Valley
Savor a 2-course lunch at Rochford Winery accompanied by premium wine (if option selected)
Learn about the regions you visit with commentary from a guide
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
The scenic ride on the quaint steam train, combined with wine tastings, make for a particularly relaxing day in the country.
Escape to the country with this delightful day-long tour 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 to observe some of the native bird species, including cockatoos and crimson rosellas. At the neighboring outpost of Belgrave, climb aboard the well-preserved Puffing Billy steam train — one of the oldest steam trains in Australia. Enjoy fresh mountain air as you chug along through the lovely Sherbrooke Forest toward Menzies Creek. After your ride, hop back on the coach for a scenic drive to the Yarra Valley — Victoria’s beloved wine region. Stop at Rochford Winery where you can enjoy an optional 2-course lunch with a wine pairing or purchase a meal at the onsite cafe. Visit two other charming wineries for cellar-door tastings of the Yarra Valley’s cool-climate varietals, including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir, and shiraz. Your tour will conclude with the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off at your original departure point.
A wonderful opportunity for a group to enjoy themselves and get out of the city for the day. The tour is well worth the money when you see what you have experienced for the day. A great mix of touring with all the visits to the wineries, excellent lunch at Rochford Winery and the experience to ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Would fully recommend that this is a great tour and you will have a great time. Thank you to AAT Kings for their wonderful service and a great driver - Peter. Thank you very much.
Our family enjoyed the trip very much!! The weather was great & to top it up, we had a great tour guide & driver, Peter!! He is very patient, knowledgeable, friendly & selfless. The group that went for the wineries were a fun bunch of people, making the trip even more enjoyable. Overall another great day trip we have done this round, totally looking forward to the next one with AAT Kings to Phillip island on Monday again! ;)
This tour was awesome. The driver was great, who provided lots of information. We opted for the lunch as well. It was wonderful. Enjoyed the wineries, however the winery where we ate lunch was probably my least favorite as it pertains to the wine. The last location was the best. We actually bought a couple of bottles at location 2 and 3.
The office did a mistake with my pick up location so they called and said I can take a taxi and they give me the money for the ride.
Then our tour guide Peter was well informed about the Dundenongs and Puffing Billy as he lives in this area. In the Dundenongs we enjoyed a Morning Tea with Scones before feeding Cockatoos. After that we drove half an hour with Puffing Billy wich was very amazing.
In the afternoon we did a wine tasting in three totally different wineries which was a possibility to see something about the Yarra Valley.
Mark from AAT Kings was a great guide. He was hilarious and informative at the same time.
Our first stop for tea was beautiful. They served us tea/coffee served with scones fresh out of the oven with cream and jam which was delicious. Puffing billy steam train also gives you wonderful sceneries. Lunch at Rochford winery was really good as well. The winetasting was also so much fun.
This is a must do in Melbourne. I had a few days in Melbourne and this was excellent. The morning tea was a great way to start the day. My boys loved being able to feed the cockatoos. The train ride was fun for my family. We added the lunch option which was worth the money. It was delicious. The wineries following the first one weren’t as great, but gave a lot of samplings making up for the locations. Overall a great experience.
We enjoyed the train ride through the Dandenong ranges. The second part of the tour, visiting 3 wineries in
a very short period of time, on a very hot summer day was a little bit to much.
Tasting almost 18 - 20 varieties of wine within 2 hours can only make you drunk. One winery tasting would be
enough. I hope you can make some change in that tour.
Fritz and Darinka
To be honest, I was expecting more. The drive was ok, and the bus driver/ tour guide was quite informative and pleasant, but the wineries we visited were average and the lunch was just ok. I suppose the best part of the day was the steam train ride.
Loved it! Again a great tour by Viator. We loved the scones with cream at Grants Reserve. Here you have the opportunity to feed birds. My advice is just watch others feed them and take a short walk on the well marked trail. You will see many other species of beautiful birds. Unfortunately we did not discover the trail until it was too late. The Puffing Billy, a restored steam train, is a delight as it slowly chugs its way to Menzies Creek. Sit on the side closest to the platform for the best views. The optional lunch at Rochford Winery was very delicious, although the dessert was not in proportion to the meal. The last winery, that many said was the best, was my least favourite. It was unorganized and clearly could not accommodate the number of visitors for a tasting at one time. We were handed a glass on entry to small area with a bar and told when we were done tasting our first one to make our way to the bar. It was one big crush of people, some of whom did not understand the concept of courtesy and insisted on not moving away from the bar once they had received a second tasting. My daughter and I got a Syder and sat outdoors to enjoy the day. Perhaps they should have had two areas and split the two groups. Having said all that, we did enjoy the tastings at the other two wineries and the beautiful scenery or the Yarra Valkey and Dandenongs.