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

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour from Melbourne

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

Customer Reviews

Roland L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent experience.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent and entertaining day out. Recommended

Hengzhi Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Love the experience and the tour. Amazing.

Dunmired4

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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

justin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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

EDWIN F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Linh L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I'm not really into the wine tasting experience, but the trip was a great start in Melbourne city. My favorite would definitely be the Puffing Billy Steam Train, an experience I gained nowhere else. Remember to sit by the sides of the train or you won't get a whole great experience. Wish we could stay on the train for longer time. Our driver/guide was Richard, a very humorous guy. We've got a big group, but he managed really well. When we went to the last destination of wine tasting the one with Apple Cider, there is a small outdoor sheep stable, where they keep young little sheep around, they are just so cute and friendly, we even got to feed them. Lunch even though was optional, but I really recommend you guys to purchase it, it is really nice especially the chicken one, with wine, and a small dessert to company with. I really enjoy the tour.

Karen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The tour on 6 sept with our friendly tour guide is super amazing! He provide so many details for all the tourist including us while driving along the yarra valley. He is humorous and always enlightening the whole journey :).
I would recommend this tour. :)

ianseal37

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The very professional driver gave great commentary throughout the trip. He looked after his entourage with care and good communication.
The wineries visited offered varied experiences and a quality tour overall.

Adam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Such a fun day with awesome wineries and a cool ride the historic train - be sure to sit on the railing!

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