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Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour combines two top attractions: Ride a historic steam train, then meet koalas and kangaroos.
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 ride to the Dandenong Ranges. Stop at the Grants Reserve café for a traditional Australian tea, 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 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Grants on Sherbrooke
At Grants on Sherbrooke, enjoy a delicious traditional Devonshire Tea of scones served warm with jam and cream, and tea or coffee served in china cups.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Puffing Billy Railway
Ride the century-old Puffing Billy Steam Train on the 30-minute ride from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. View the towering Mountain Ash trees and beautiful gullies of Sherbrooke Forest
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Healesville Sanctuary
Get ready to meet a group of furry friends at Australia’s premier wildlife and nature sanctuary, Healesville, home to mammals and reptiles and over 200 varieties of native birds • Every Sunday, you can learn about the local Wurundjeri Aboriginal people. Hear of their culture, traditions and stories of the Dreamtime. Listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo and be amazed at their mastery making that Boomerang really fly! • Lunch is available to purchase at one of three cafés at Healesville Sanctuary • A volunteer guide will escort you among Australia’s unique birds and animals in a natural bushland setting • You can experience ‘Kangaroo Country’, the ‘Spirits of the Sky’ show and ‘Tales from Platypus Creek’
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "My advice is to wear long sleeves if you feed the birds as my bare arms were bleeding badly from the cockatoos sliding around on my arms and pushing each other." See review
  • "The wildlife sanctuary tour is a good experience too but only if you haven't been to other wildlife parks before this one as it's rather small." See review
  • "This trip was perfect for the students on their day off from a competition." See review

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star-5
Amazing views & very UNIQUE experience
Debbie
, Mar 2020
The train is a beautiful train - that takes you through the suburbs. You are greeted by a slew of people at different vantage points taking pictures of the train & waving to the occupants. Many from homes you pass seem to make it out to ensure you are given a very hearty hello/wave.
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The Good and The Bad
Ian_S
, Feb 2020
The Puffing Billy Steam Train Experience was fantastic, it took me back to my childhood and journeying on the narrow guage railway in North Wales [The Bleaneau Festiniog ] Railway. The visit to the Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary started off well. however, the place was hit by a thunder storm and everything closed down, the walkways were awash with water, most of the group were soaked to the skin, with very little cover - only the Gift Shop remained open. We had to wait from 2.30 until 3.45pm before we were picked up again
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Special
djjaskey
, Feb 2020
Healsville was great. The driver was always very kind and helpful. The train ride was fun. What more do you want from a satisfied guest
star-5
See lots on train and at zoo
margbailey2010
, Jan 2020
Excellent day was told alot of imformation that we didn't know. Driver very knowledgeable. As I had a sore leg got driven around thanks
star-5
Nice trip
loismccluskey
, Nov 2019
Fun short train ride up an old logging trail and nice zoo experience with opportunity to see Australian animals in one place. Possibility of touching a wallaby but not an interactive experience. Good feel for Melbourne suburbs.
star-5
Great day
lorrainemeguyer
, Oct 2019
From the time we boarded the bus to when we got off it was great - pleasant driver who was very informative and willing to help with anything. Train was fun and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was terrific with 2 guides taking us all the way around. Would do this tour again.
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Puffy Billy Steam Train
GrandTour716627
, Jul 2019
The train and all the workers were great. I thought I would be seeing something but it felt like we were just on a track looking at neighborhood back yards. The Sanctuary, was lovely. Lot of construction, the guide was good and informative. Restaurant was good. Great flgift shop Stepping into the rainforest was fun. Tea before was good Bus driver very nice and informative.
star-5
Super activity
Hervé M
, Jul 2019
we had a very good day good atmosphere with the guide i recommand it thank you the scenery is beautiful and we ate very well where we stopped
star-5
Nice day out
helenbates2018
, Oct 2018
This is a great day out, the Sanctuary was really great to visit. There was such a wonderful display with the birds really worthwhile to stay and see. Very caring staff with a great passion for what they do.
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Teacher and 8 students
irnat2018
, Aug 2018
This trip was perfect for the students on their day off from a competition. They got to experience a variety of things unique to Australia. Our guide Liam was great.

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