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Explore the delightful Dandenong Ranges with this family-friendly day trip from Melbourne. Chug through an emerald forest aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train, and enjoy a traditional Aussie ‘billy’ tea and bird feeding among the fresh mountain scenery. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and koalas.

Highlights

  • Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary day trip from Melbourne
  • Take a drive through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges
  • Ride the Puffing Billy steam train through forests of towering mountain ash trees
  • Get up-close to over 200 species of Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, emus and wombats at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Take a ride on the century-old Puffing Billy steam train and get up close to koalas and kangaroos at the Healesvillle Wildlife Sanctuary.

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What You Can Expect

Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Crimson rosellas and their fantastic colors

Discover why the Dandenong Ranges are a favorite destination for day-tripping Melbournians on this fun-filled, full-day tour. After morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel or Federation Square, relax on the 1-hour ride to the Dandenong Ranges. Stop at the Grants Reserve café for a traditional Australian billy tea served with lamington cakes and Vegemite, and then try your hand at feeding some of the area’s native cockatoos and brilliant crimson rosellas while surrounded by verdant ash gum trees. 
Continue on to the town of Belgrave and hop aboard Puffing Billy — the oldest steam train in Australia. Settle in to one of the wonderfully preserved railcars and watch the mountain scenery glide by on a 30-minute ride that takes you through the lush Sherbrooke Forest and across a historic wooden trestle bridge.
Next, head to the famous Healesville Sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of native Australian wildlife. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch from one of the on-site cafés (own expense), and then set off to explore the zoo’s beautifully landscaped habitats. Get an up-close encounter with amazing marsupials like kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and koalas, and observe other animals like echidnas, platypuses, lyrebirds and dingoes. Attend various feedings and presentations throughout the day to learn more about these incredible creatures. 
Sit back and relax on the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your original departure point in the late afternoon.

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Customer Reviews

Joel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

THIS was awesome! I would encourage the good people at the Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary to give their comrades at the Enchanted Adventure Garden Canopy Tour a lesson on what other divine vegetaria options there are to eat in the world, apart from chips and a sandwich made of two slices of wheat bread with pieces of a mixed greens salad between them.

The tour guides were all great, and it was a treat to see so many animals being taken care of. It was a great way to see the world famous creatures of Australia in a supportive, caring environment!

sooyee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The driver was very knowledgeable about the areas along the way and the destination. He was very clear about the expectation and logistic. The train ride was pleasant and fun. The weather that day was just too hot for the animals to be a little bit more active.

karilyn k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A fun day! Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing place. Add optional encounters - check which animals are available the day you are there-lots of fun being with animals up close! Workers and volunteers have the best attitude - they love what they do!! AAT Kings tour gives you ample time yo see it all.

Lennard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience feeding the wild cuckatoos but make sure to wear long sleeves or be prepared to get your arms clawed! Kids had a lot of fun on Puffing Billy. Guide Paul was very knowledgeable about the area and entertained us during the bus ride. Enjoyed seeing all the animals from Oz at Healesville. Plenty of time to walk around and lots of food choices. Highly recommend!

Deepthi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Let and #39;s face it, with AAT kings, it and #39;s a big bus full of people. Yet, I enjoyed this tour. Very comfortable seats. Edward was quirky, very informative and gave individual attention. Puffing billy is a right of passage, cockatoo feeding is an added perk. Loved our zoo volunteer, Margot, at the sanctuary.

Claudio P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a very enjoyable trip and we saw a lot of beautiful countryside and villages. The steam train was a fun experience and the Sanctuary was a good way to see the fascinating animals of Australia. It did involve a lot of walking, and since my husband has limited mobility, they provided a golf cart for us to see everything we wanted to see. The naturalists and volunteers were just great. Also our bus driver/guide on the main day tour was very helpful and we enjoyed his narrative on the bus. All in all, it was a trip we are very glad we booked!

evilenecarvalho

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing day out at this tour , the train is fantastic and the sanctuary park natives animals so beautiful.
The bus driver has a lot of knowledge and a great sense of humor ...

Dorla H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Delightful train ride the best part is you can seat on the railing and happily dangle your feet. Wish I had taken a longer ride , highly recommend it

Tami T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was amazing! Loved!!! The Puff Billy Steam Train had a great views. The Sancuary was wonderful!!!!
Coach Driver Steve was awesome.

Cba.desiree

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great experience !

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