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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.

Itinerary

Hotel pickups:
7:10am Adara East Apartments
7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
7:10am 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
7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
7:00am Hilton Southwharf
7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
7:25am Hotel Sofia
7:30am Ibis Hotel Therry Street
7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:35am Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto
7:25am Kings Street Backpackers
7:10am Langham Hotel
7:10am Magnolia Court
7:05am Mantra on Jolimont
7:35am Mantra on Russell
7:20am Mantra on the Park
7:30am Marriott Hotel
7:15am Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:30am Mercure Grand on Swanston
6:55am Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:30am Mercure Welcome Hotel
7:10am Miami Hotel
6:40am Novotel Bayside
7:30am Novotel Collins
7:20am Oaks on Market
7:25am Park Hyatt
7:15am Pullman on the Park
7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am Rendezvous Hotel
7:00am Rydges Carlton
7:20am Rydges Melbourne
7:00am Seasons Botanical
7:15am Sofitel Hotel
7:25am Stamford Plaza
7:05am Travelodge Docklands
7:05am Travel Inn Carlton
7:15am Vibe Savoy
7:10am Westin Hotel
7:15am Windsor Hotel

Customer Reviews

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 !

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a very fun and scenic tour!

ava_bentley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour guide, great sights. Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary are a must. If you get the chance use a guide at HS, it makes a difference!

Carole G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fully enjoyed the steam train ride, ride not long enough by far. Enjoyed the guided tour of Healesville wildfile santuary.

Ritsa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Had an absolutely great experience on this tour. Our guide Mark was fun and enthusiastic, making sure everyone got to enjoy the trip. Morning tea was lovely and riding the steam train was great fun! I thoroughly enjoyed feeding the friendly Cockatoos and Rosellas and our tour guide at Healseville Santuary was knowledgable and friendly. Definitely recommend this tour-thanks again Mark for being such a great tour guide!

kennyjhall United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A fantastic day! The ride on the Puffing Billy steam train was a lot of fun and the visit to Healisville Sanctuary. Our bus driver/guide, John, was extremely helpful,funny and shared a wealth of knowledge about the areas we visited.

JOANNA C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Wonderful trip and Cooling weather

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A great experience and the tour was everything we expected it to be.

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