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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

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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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.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickups:

7:45am     AAT Kings Office – Corner Flinders & Russell Streets

7:05am     Adara East Apartments
7:25am     Adina Grand Apartments
7:15am     Atlantis Hotel
6:50am     Bayside Eden
6:50am     Bayview on the Park
6:50am     Como Hotel
7:20am     Crown Metropol
7:15am     Crown Promenade
7:20am     Crown Towers
7:25am     Crowne Plaza Hotel (at top of ramp)
7:05am     Downtowner On Lygon
7:00am     Hilton Southwharf
7:20am     Hotel Sophia
7:30am     Ibis Hotel Therry Street
6:00am     Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:00am     Ibis Swanston Street
7:35am     Intercontinental Hotel (Collins St Entrance)
7:25am     Kings Street Backpackers
7:10am     Langham Hotel
7:05am     Magnolia Court
7:40am     Mantra on Russell
7:20am     Mantra on the Park
7:30am     Marriott Hotel
7:10am     Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:35am     Mercure Grand on Swanston (Reception Desk)
6:55am     Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:10am     Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:35am     Mercure Welcome (Reception Desk)
7:10am     Miami Hotel
7:35am     Novotel Collins
6:40am     Novotel St Kilda
7:35am     Oaks on Market
7:25am     Park Hyatt
7:05am     Pullman on the Park
7:15am     Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am     Rendezvous Hotel
7:30am     Rydges Melbourne
7:00am     Seasons Botanical
7:15am     Sofitel Hotel
7:20am     Stamford Plaza
7:05am     Travel Inn Carlton
7:05am     Travelodge Docklands
7:10am     Vibe Savoy
7:20am     Windsor Hotel
7:00am     YHA Metro (Corner of Howard & Courtney Street)

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, May 2018

This was such an enjoyable tour for my daughter and me. The train was fun sitting with our legs outside the carriage and seeing the whole steam train as it went around corners. The views were pleasant of mountains, countryside and trees. We had morning tea and fed the birds at a stop on the way to Healesville. 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. It was still a fun activity though. Healesville is lovely and we had a very nice volunteer who showed us around and helped us see as much as possible. Our main volunteer and some others we talked to were so helpful and enthusiastic about Australian wildlife and conservation. We also had time for lunch at Healesville. This was a pick up and drop off tour but they did try to encourage people to stay in town for dinner at the end of the tour so they didnt have to drop off at so many places during rush hour.

, May 2018

Such a fun day!

, May 2018

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was one of the top things we did on our entire vacation to Australia. All the volunteers were friendly, knowledgeable, and full of fun stories about the animals. I was amazed at how close we were able to get to the animals. It was a remarkable experience that I will remember forever. The Puffing Billy train ride was fun - more fun for children than me - although it was very crowded which made it difficult to see out the windows. All in all it was a good trip for the money.

, Apr 2018

Enjoyable tour!

, Feb 2018

Loved it! Enjoyed it every minitute of it!

, Jan 2018

This was our most disappointing tour. The steam train quite frankly was down right boring and there are better wildlife sanctuaries.

, Jan 2018

the driver/tour guide is not that great.

, Jan 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.

, Jan 2018

Puffing billy train is pretty cool! And the Healesville Sanctuary is great. Would recommend it to anyone looking out for a relaxed tour.

, Jan 2018

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


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