Healesville, Australia
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Spend your Melbourne day at port exploring Australia’s amazing wildlife and chugging through the rain forest on a historic steam train. After disembarking from your ship, journey to the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native species like koalas, kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue, and then hop aboard the Puffing Billy steam train for a relaxing ride through the Dandenong Ranges. Numbers are limited to 24 people for a more personalized tour.
  • Tour to Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Stream Train from Port Melbourne
  • Get close to Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and emus at Healesville Sanctuary
  • Enjoy a typical Australian barbecue lunch on this small-group tour limited to 24 people
  • Ride the century old steam train, the Puffing Billy, through the heart of the rainforest
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
When your ship docks at Melbourne’s port, head inland to explore the natural attractions of Victoria. Meet your professional guide after you disembark, and then travel by air-conditioned coach approximately 1 hour through Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs into the countryside. 
Stop at the Healesville Sanctuary, where you can observe an abundance of Australian wildlife in beautiful bush habitats. See kangaroos, koalas, platypuses, lyrebirds, Tasmanian devils and more while learning about the sanctuary’s rescue and conservation efforts.
Savor a traditional Aussie barbecue lunch of gourmet sausages with all the fixings, and then continue on to the town of Belgrave nestled in the Dandenong Ranges. Climb aboard the Puffing Billy steam train — the oldest in Australia — for a ride through the semitropical Sherbrooke Forest. Cross a traditional wooden trestle, and enjoy the passing scenery from inside one of the immaculately maintained train cars.
After your historic ride, relax on the return drive to Melbourne and your waiting ship.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Melbourne port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jan 2019

Lot of fun. The train was historic and the staff went out of their way to assure your safety and enjoyment. The sanctuary is large, and their staff was also very helpful and informative. I would do this tour again!

, Jan 2019

We booked this shore excursion as ship couldn’t accommodate us on theirs. It was the best one we took. Kurt was great, everything was wonderful, we enjoyed it so much.

, Dec 2018

We were able to see wildlife sanctuary's all over NZ and Australia during our cruise and this was the best one. Don't miss the bird show. Train ride is about 20 min. get the right side if you can.

, Feb 2018

We had to call the company when we could not find the meeting place after leaving the ship. It was in front of the Hobson's Cafe not the entrance to the pier. Would have been nice to know in advance. Nice size group of 8. Steve was our guide and was interesting and did a good job. Puffing Billy was fun. The Healsville Sanctuary was a nice zoo but it would have been better if we had a little more guidance. Lunch was sausages and onions on the grill along with some salads. After lunch we had about 2.5 hours to wander the grounds. The down side of the trip was the failure of the air conditioning on the small van about 45 mins into the tour. Steve did his best at trying to fix it then trying to get us a replacement. In the end we ended up with a very hot ride back to town. We had time for a short tour of Melbourn but it had to be cut short due to the heat.

, Jan 2018

This was a great excursion all round. A small group, but that was okay. This being my first encounter with the wildlife of Australia especially when I first saw my first kangaroo what I thought was a kangaroo was actually a wallabee. I took a lot of picture of the wallabee. Our tour guide, Steve left the group to go explore the sanctuary on our own giving us direction where to go and what to look ,while he goes to prepare our barbecue lunch. While we walking we encounter the koalas in cage doing their own thing - sleeping, sitting on a branch, - great photo opportunities. Lunch consisted of sausage and bun and salad was good. We were then told to go see the Spirits in the Sky Bird Show, this was a great show, as we saw many species of birds that are here in Australia. Wow the birds showed off what each bird were known for. The show was very entertaining. Next it was the World of Platypus show. Another interesting show and I learned a lot of facts about the platypus. When we were done with the Healesville Sanctuary, we were driven to where the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride was. This was a fun ride and the scenery was great as we rode the train. I would recommend this excursion for those visiting Australia.

, Jan 2018

Great guide. Nice man. The only thing he needs is a little stool for older folks to step out of van.

, Dec 2017

The sanctuary was large and nice, with opportunity to feed a parrot and see a wombat up close. Best part was BBQ by our tour guide, Garth - yummy! The train was a non-event as it was very short and just seemed to go through people's back yards. It is open air, but does not go very fast to provide any cooling breezes. We got a bit of a tour through Melbourne too, which was nice.

, Dec 2017

The Healesville Sanctuary was fantastic, however, the train ride on Puffing Billy was so short and covered nothing interesting to see. Our driver/guide had limited knowledge of anything beyond the specific things included on the excursion and spent most of the driving portion being silent.

, Dec 2017

This was a fantastic day made all the more enjoyable by our guide Steve. Healesville Sanctuary was enjoyable and the BBQ lunch cooked by Steve a great experience. The train ride was fun and Steve then took us to feed Cockatoos which was a fun photo opportunity.

, Nov 2017

Our guide was 1 hour late picking us up but made up for it with an unscheduled stop at a bird place. Although we had "special reserved seating" we were all facing the wrong side of the train so missed many of the best views. Also, they failed to accommodate my special meal request.

, Jun 2016

We had a good time on this trip. If you ride on the train be sure to get on the right side. Our guide told us to ride on that side and he was correct. The Sanctuary was very nice and the only disappointment was the lunch because some wires got crossed and we didn't get the BBQ. He got us back to town early so we also got a tour of the city which was a nice plus. He had WIFI in the vehicle and I do wish that I had known ahead of time because I would have brought my IPAD.

, Apr 2016

This was a fantastic excursion. Our Bunyip tours guide was great!!. The Puffing Billy train was a lot of fun. Healesvile was amazing with lots of koalas and kangaroos. Our barbecue lunch was delicious.

, Mar 2016

Steve was a great tour guide. Great tour half the price of the ship

, Mar 2016

The attractions were simply OK. The train ride was very brief and the Sanctuary while good was overrated. The tour was poorly organized from the start with half the group not knowing where to meet the bus resulting in a 30 minute delayed start. It was difficult to hear the guide who provided very little information about Melbourne. To make things worse, he had problems navigating late afternoon traffic and we were late in arriving at the port.

, Mar 2016

The Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride were great.
What was not great was the company setting this all up and providing transportation!!!
They are not visible at the ship dock!!!! My sister stayed on the phone with them for over 30min trying to connect with the driver. They seem very disorganized!!! No sign. They said - we are looking for you. How do they even know who we are????? And then the driver barely got us back in time before ship sailinglike 10min. He kept letting off passengers instead of taking us to our ship and then dropping them off. Not impressed!!!

, Mar 2016

A long, long day with a boring driver not a guide. Puffing billy is a waste of time. And the Sanctuary is a paltry excuse for a zoo.

, Feb 2016

Our guide was great, the sanctuary gave us an up close and personal look at


, Dec 2015

One of the highlights of our vacation

, Mar 2015

Steve Andrew is a first class tour guide. He went out of his way to ensure that we saw as much as possible.
Puffing Billy Steam Train is fun and the scenery is beautiful.
But nothing can compare with the Sanctuary . Fantastic.
We have already commented that the only thing we were disappointed with is that you advised us to wait for our guide at 0830. So we were down at the port waiting from 0815 and he only arrived at 0930. That was after we spent almost $20 on phone calls (we have an overseas phone line) trying to locate someone in your company to determine what was happening. We almost gave up and went on another tour.

, Mar 2015

Lovely day in the Dandenongs. Puffing Billy train was a fun trip. Healesville had a great variety of animals

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