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9 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

Embark on a full-day adventure through the forests, mountains, and vineyards of Victoria. Enjoy tea and birdwatching in the Dandenong Ranges, and cruise through a verdant landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at wineries cellar-door tastings. Plus, upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings.
  • Full-day tour to the Dandenong Ranges, Puffing Billy Steam Train, and Yarra Valley, from Melbourne
  • Have morning tea in the picturesque Dandenongs and hand-feed native birds
  • Ride Australia's oldest steam train, the Puffing Billy Steam Train, through the rainforest in the Dandenongs
  • Taste a variety of wines at three wineries with views overlooking Yarra Valley
  • Savor a 2-course lunch at Rochford Winery accompanied by premium wine (if option selected)
  • Learn about the regions you visit with commentary from a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The scenic ride on the quaint steam train, combined with wine tastings, make for a particularly relaxing day in the country.
Escape to the country with this delightful 9-hour tour from Melbourne. After morning pickup at Federation Square or your Melbourne hotel, relax in a comfortable air-conditioned coach as the urban bustle gives way to unspoiled greenery (see Hotel Pickup tab and Itinerary for more details).

After a 25-mile (40-km) drive to the Dandenong Ranges, stop at Grants Reserve mountain café for a mid-morning Aussie tea complete with Vegemite and lamington cake. Also, observe some of the native bird species, including cockatoos and crimson rosellas. 

At the neighboring outpost of Belgrave, climb aboard the well-preserved Puffing Billy steam train — one of the oldest steam trains in Australia. Enjoy fresh mountain air as you chug along through the lovely Sherbrooke Forest toward Menzies Creek.

After your ride, hop back on the coach for a 1-hour drive to the Yarra Valley — Victoria’s beloved wine region. Stop at Rochford Winery where you can enjoy an optional 2-course lunch with a wine pairing or purchase a meal at the onsite cafe. Visit three other charming wineries for cellar-door tastings of the Yarra Valley’s cool-climate varietals, including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir, and shiraz. 

Your tour will conclude with the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off at your original departure point.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
Main Course (ONE of the following):
  • Beef cheek with garlic mashed potatoes and greens
  • Salmon with a salad of fennel, orange, and pea shoots
  • Wild mushroom risotto with spinach
  • Chicken breast with bacon and onion potato bake and wilted spinach
Dessert:
  • Chef's selection of fresh baked cakes
  • Coffee or tea
Menu may change due to seasonal availability.

Hotel Pickup Info:

7:45 a.m. - AAT Kings Office – Corner Flinders and Russell Streets
7:05 a.m. - Adara East Apartments
7:25 a.m. - Adina Grand Apartments
7:15 a.m. - Atlantis Hotel
6:50 a.m. - Bayside Eden
6:50 a.m. - Bayview on the Park
6:50 a.m. - Como Hotel
7:20 a.m. - Crown Metropol
7:15 a.m. - Crown Promenade
7:20 a.m. - Crown Towers
7:25 a.m. - Crowne Plaza Hotel (at top of ramp)
7:05 a.m. - Downtowner On Lygon
7:00 a.m. - Hilton Southwharf
7:20 a.m. - Hotel Sophia
6:00 a.m. - Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:00 a.m. - Ibis Swanston Street
7:35 a.m. - Intercontinental Hotel (Collins St Entrance)
7:25 a.m. - Kings Street Backpackers
7:10 a.m. - Langham Hotel
7:05 a.m. - Magnolia Court
7:40 a.m. - Mantra on Russell
7:20 a.m. - Mantra on the Park
7:30 a.m. - Marriott Hotel
7:10 a.m. - Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:35 a.m. - Mercure Grand on Swanston (Reception Desk)
6:55 a.m. - Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:10 a.m. - Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:35 a.m. - Mercure Welcome (Reception Desk)
7:10 a.m. - Miami Hotel
7:35 a.m. - Novotel Collins
6:40 a.m. - Novotel St Kilda
7:35 a.m. - Oaks on Market
7:25 a.m. - Park Hyatt
7:05 a.m. - Pullman on the Park
7:15 a.m. - Radisson Flagstaff
7:40 a.m. - Rendezvous Hotel
7:30 a.m. - Rydges Melbourne
7:00 a.m. - Seasons Botanical
7:15 a.m. - Sofitel Hotel
7:20 a.m. - Stamford Plaza
7:05 a.m. - Travel Inn Carlton
7:05 a.m. - Travelodge Docklands
7:10 a.m. - Vibe Savoy
7:20 a.m. - Windsor Hotel
7:00 a.m. - YHA Metro (Corner of Howard and Courtney Street)

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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M
, Jul 2018

Mark from AAT Kings was a great guide. He was hilarious and informative at the same time.
Our first stop for tea was beautiful. They served us tea/coffee served with scones fresh out of the oven with cream and jam which was delicious. Puffing billy steam train also gives you wonderful sceneries. Lunch at Rochford winery was really good as well. The winetasting was also so much fun.

S
, Jul 2018

Wineries were average but all together a good value for the whole trip

F
, Feb 2018

We enjoyed the train ride through the Dandenong ranges. The second part of the tour, visiting 3 wineries in
a very short period of time, on a very hot summer day was a little bit to much.
Tasting almost 18 - 20 varieties of wine within 2 hours can only make you drunk. One winery tasting would be
enough. I hope you can make some change in that tour.
Best Regards
Fritz and Darinka

R
, Feb 2018

Excellent experience.

J
, Feb 2018

Excellent and entertaining day out. Recommended

J
, Jan 2018

To be honest, I was expecting more. The drive was ok, and the bus driver/ tour guide was quite informative and pleasant, but the wineries we visited were average and the lunch was just ok. I suppose the best part of the day was the steam train ride.

A
, Jan 2018

Loved it! Again a great tour by Viator. We loved the scones with cream at Grants Reserve. Here you have the opportunity to feed birds. My advice is just watch others feed them and take a short walk on the well marked trail. You will see many other species of beautiful birds. Unfortunately we did not discover the trail until it was too late. The Puffing Billy, a restored steam train, is a delight as it slowly chugs its way to Menzies Creek. Sit on the side closest to the platform for the best views. The optional lunch at Rochford Winery was very delicious, although the dessert was not in proportion to the meal. The last winery, that many said was the best, was my least favourite. It was unorganized and clearly could not accommodate the number of visitors for a tasting at one time. We were handed a glass on entry to small area with a bar and told when we were done tasting our first one to make our way to the bar. It was one big crush of people, some of whom did not understand the concept of courtesy and insisted on not moving away from the bar once they had received a second tasting. My daughter and I got a Syder and sat outdoors to enjoy the day. Perhaps they should have had two areas and split the two groups. Having said all that, we did enjoy the tastings at the other two wineries and the beautiful scenery or the Yarra Valkey and Dandenongs.

D
, Jan 2018

Very good driver called Roger, very informative but only 3 stars because 1st stop boring bird place. Devonshire tea strange to have in the morning. 2nd stopThe puffing billy train was quite fun but the Yarra valley wineries disappointing just all about sales. although the last farm tried to tell us a bit moreThe wine tastings were not very professional. Thought we would have been given more information about how they are made more of a view of the wineries.

E
, Jan 2018

Fun day that really depends on the bus group you're with. The wineries are kind of mediocre, larger places except for the last one. The train is alright -- kind of a silly, tourist trap. Lunch at the first winery was good and worth the extra 20.

S
, Jan 2018

Very poor local operator. AAT Kings. Did not provide hotel pick up despite giving details. Guest rounded up like cattle. Tour guide Joe was the only saving grace

H
, Dec 2017

Love the experience and the tour. Amazing.

D
, Dec 2017

Beautiful scenery with visits to 3 wineries. Lunch was very good.

J
, Dec 2017

We enjoyed Puffing Billy Steam Train tour.
However, Yarra Valley Wineries is just average. Visited 3 wineries is a bit boring !
It would be better if just visit 2 wineries and replace the other one with fruits farm, cheese factory or chocolate factory.

S
, Dec 2017

The actual content of the trip was fabulous. The Dandenongs are very picturesque, cream tea delicious and the ride on Puffing Billy with your legs hanging out of the window is fantastic. Vineyards are great to visit and we had a lovely lunch. The lower grade is because of the organisation. We were picked up late but then left standing around waiting for our coach for over half an hour in the blazing heat. Coming home our driver didnt drop us off at our hotels, as advertised and paid for, but dropped everyone off where was convenient for him, including where the tour started. He may have gone over his hours but the company should make proper arrangements to get everyone back to where they were picked up. Some were dropped off and told to get trams back to their hotels - something you would need to have an understanding off and was made more difficult as rush hour! So sort this out and it will be a perfect trip - other trips/companies managed it!

D
, Nov 2017

This was a nice tour. Some great wines were tasted but lunch was nothing special. Highlight for me being a fan of trains was the ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, just a word of warning although you can ride the train sitting on the window it is not the most comfortable way to ride. Give it a go, but you might want to hop back on the seat for the remaining part of the journey. I found that by the end of the day I really had not had enough food for the day and was starting to feel a little off. If I do this again I would take a few snacks with me and a few bottles of water.

j
, Nov 2017

Wow where do I start!!! From getting on the bus the driver was very knowledgeable on the areas we were travelling. The customer services at the parrot zoo, puffing Billy and the three wineries were at paramount standard. The great views were breathtaking and was such a pleasant day, highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Melbourne

I
, Nov 2017

It's a very special experience to take the Puffing Billy steam train. It made me feel that I went back to the old times. About the wineries, they are okay. It would be more interesting if they can walk us around and show us how they make wines.

K
, Oct 2017

Interesting your. Train ride was fun! First winery was very commercial. I much preferred the second two as they were smaller and made you feel much more welcome.

E
, Oct 2017

This was a very long day because of the rain. We enjoyed the scenery, train and the wine. It was a nice change from the city of Melbourne.

J
, Oct 2017

The Puffing Billy Steam Train was excellent and the bus driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. The landscapes were lovely. The loading process for the tour took way too long and was confusing. The morning tea and lunch were very good and the wineries were ok. I wasn't really impressed by any of the wineries to buy any of their products. The tastings were not as generous as wine tastings I've done in South Australia or Western Australia. It would have been better not to include the winery tour with a more family oriented tour going to the sanctuary . Still glad we did the tour though


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