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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

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

Ann D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great day trip. Lots of things going on and lots of fun. Reasonably priced.

Mindy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guide was very friendly and informative. Overall, the tour and wine tasting sessions were enjoyable. It was not rush and ample time given for your to explore and roam around.

kammei86

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Awesome!

chris w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great despite the weather ! Mark was very informed on all aspects of the tour and a great guy as well .My wife and I had a great day chris

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The rotten weather could not spoil our day out here. We loved feeding the wild parrots at our morning coffee stop. The little train was great and went through lovely temperate rain forest. We enjoyed our wine tasting, and eded up at a chocolate factory. Very enjoyable

Klawa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had an excellent day with this tour. Our tour guide was very friendly and informative and made us feel very welcome to Melbourne and it was a very memorable day. The way that we were introduced to the wineries from the bigger one to the small family one was a very clever way of showing us the production of wine in the Yarra Valley and how different they all taste. The Puffing Billy Steam train was a wonderful experience. Every experience on the day was done with utmost professionalism and very informative. Visiting the park and seeing the birds and feeding them, was an incredible experience. It was also lovely to be able to sit in the lovely cafe and have our tea and lamington in a relaxed atmosphere with incredible views, rather than the other tour group where they just had a table set up with some lamingtons in a packet and tea in a polystyrene cup outside. Overall we highly recommend this tour if you want excellent organisation and comfortable surroundings/travel combined with wonderful experiences. Thank you!

Brian A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour. Everything went to plan, although the start time was later than advised.

Ja.steel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing day. Our tour guide was great

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