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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 cellar door tastings. 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The scenic ride on the quaint steam train, combined with wine tastings, make for a relaxing day in the Melbourne countryside.

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Escape to the country with this delightful day trip 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 midmorning Aussie ‘billy’ tea complete with Vegemite and lamington cake. Feed and 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 — the oldest 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 café. 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

Greta P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We were very impressed with the trip. Morning tea was unexpected addition. The hot scone with cream and jam tasty. The lunch at the first winery we visited was excellent. Beautiful surrounding with delicious lunch and the wine tasting very well presented. The driver of the coach was very informative

Catherine I G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was well worth the money and had such variety. Will, our guide was really good and even joined in serving us wine.

Morning tea and bird feeding - One word of advice, take something long sleeved as the cockatiels descend fast if you're the first in. All good fun though having them on my head and arms eating from the dish.

Puffing Billy - Lovely train ride through the Dandenongs dangling our legs over the side of the train.

Wine Tasting - A good variety of different sized vineyards. The highlight was Yering Farm which was so relaxed, the wines and cider were great.

Paul R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

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Ann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was well organized and covered a lot of ground without feeling rushed or hurried. The tour guide/bus driver was great. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Melbourne who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The countryside and views were very relaxing and beautiful. Loved the ride on Puffing Billy. Such a historic train and fun to ride. Two of the 3 wineries were lovely, especially the last one, sitting outside the rustic building looking out over the countryside.

Durette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Beautiful country, fabulous wine, need I say more?

lapeterson273

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had an awesome day on this tour and our tour guide Edward was excellent.
My favourite part was the cockatoos.

pennie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very informative and entertaining day with a variety of activities.

joyceklp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

To start off- we had an amazing driver/ tour leader- Roger from AAT Kings who was pleasant, informative, friendly and entertaining. He was calm and patient throughout the trip and had a big smile to start up a groggy morning amazingly.

We went to have tea and scones, and headed to the puffing billy which was one of a kind and oh so fun! Visited 3 wineries and had lunch at one of them- all three were different and had a great wine tasting session at each.

Thoroughly enjoyable and one experience to treasure.

Derek M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

After an early start we were picked up at our appointed place and taken to Federation Square where we transferred to the coach for the winery tour.

Our driver / guide Mark was very good, both in being a careful driver and a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. The tour went off on schedule and kept to the schedule throughout.

Our first stop was for morning tea at Grants Picnic Ground café where we had a cup of tea or coffee with warm scones with cream and jam really nice, after an early start on a cold day.

We then went to Belgrave to take the Puffing Billy steam train to Menzies Creek. The train experience was really very interesting with several steam engines to see and then a 25-minute trip through the forest behind 2 steam engines.

From Menzies Creek we went to the first of the three wineries we were to visit. This was the Rochford winery a very small producer. The tasting was well done with the hostess giving a good introduction to each of the 4 wines.

Lunch was included in our tour and this was taken at Rochford. It comprised a main course a choice of 1 out of 4 dishes on the menu with a glass of red or white wine. I chose the lamb shank while my wife had swordfish. The lamb was very nice, tasty and tender. The fish however was mushy and not very good at all. A small piece of cheesecake and coffee or tea rounded out the meal. If I were to go again I would not take the lunch inclusive option, instead selecting from the quite extensive la carte menu.

After lunch we went to the Dominique Portet winery, the only French owned one in the area. It was a very small operation and here the tasting was quite brusque with the hostess rather rushing through the process of introducing the 4 wines.

The third and final winery was the Yering Farm. This too was an individually owned boutique place and the gentleman introducing the wines was very entertaining, knowledgeable and just plain fun. The tasting was very informal and those who wished could

Trisha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really fun well paced day, loads of beautiful scenery and an informative friendly and kind driver/tour guide

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