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


  • 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

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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.


Customer Reviews

Violeta V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Loved it! Enjoyed it every minitute of it!

Daniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The train ride itself was really fun and you can dangle your legs out of the railings and enjoy the cold mountain air. The so-called traditional Australian tea before this ride is not really something to shout about. It was a messy affair of cold scones and very normal tea and they parked you at packed crumb-laden tables with strangers wherever there was space. 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.

Nancy K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

was a fun day. riding the train was a great experience and the park well kept. would recommend to anyone who likes animals


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were at the Dandenong ranges, and had the opportunity to feed cockatoos. The cockatoos would perch on you shoulders and arms as they fed from the plates of seeds. The Puffing Billy train ride was for one stop which lasted for a comfortable 20 minutes. We spent most of our time at Healesville Sanctuary. It was an enjoyable experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very good experience. Overall nice

Waldemar B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Really amazing experience. The train like a journey into the past.

Gerrit V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

excelent trip and well organized.
we were surprised how well it was done


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Love it and the tour guide is superb!!! Everything went smoothly and the views are all breathtaking! My son enjoyed all of it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A really neat fun varied day. Ran smoothly by a friendly informative driver, the train was fun and the wildlife park was great. I'd do this tour again :)


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The steam train ride was amazing - it is rare these days to see one of these let alone ride on it through the forests. Beautiful views, amazing and friendly volunteers.

The Healesville Sanctuary was also a must do - highly recommend that you follow the tour guide they have so much knowledge about this conservation center it really is quite remarkable.

All in all, our AATKings tour was an amazing experience! Large, comfortable bus with a very efficient and friendly guide. Highly recommend!

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