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Visit the Dandenong Ranges on a day trip from Melbourne that takes you riding through forests of towering mountain ash gum trees and giant tree ferns on the Puffing Billy steam train and meeting Australia's unique wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary. Discover the beauty of Melbourne's most scenic regions as you feed cockatoos and rosellas in the Dandenong Ranges.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Rail Tour
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Free drinks included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Your tour begins with pickup from your Melbourne hotel. Enjoy a relaxing coach trip through Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs as you travel from the city to the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of the city.

Admire views of towering mountain ash gum trees, the world's tallest flowering plants, as you wind your way up the mountains to Grant's Reserve in the quaint mountain village of Kallista. Handfeed the local crimson rosellas, sulfur-crested cockatoos and pink-and-gray galahs as you drink in the crisp mountain air and enjoy a traditional Australian billy tea with savory Vegemite spread and chocolate-and-coconut lamington cakes.

Leaving Grant's Reserve, your tour takes you to the town of Belgrave in the foothills of Dandenong Ranges to board the famous Puffing Billy steam train. This historic train trip takes you 100 years back in time to the days of steam travel as you ride the train from Belgrave to the Yarra Ranges village of Gembrook. Cross the wooden trestle bridge on this 30-minute ride through the rainforest, and glimpse faraway views of Port Phillip Bay glistening on the horizon.

Relax after your Puffing Billy train ride and enjoy lunch hamper (at own expense) at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary.

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy a tour of Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australia’s premier wildlife reserves. See all kinds of native animals in a natural bush setting, including wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, owls, emus eagles and, of course, koalas. Don’t miss the popular birds of prey display and see sleepy koalas chewing gum leaves in their eucalypt-tree habitats.

Leaving Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, make your way back to Melbourne, arriving at your city hotel in the late afternoon.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from most Melbourne hotels
OR
Federation Square
Departure Time:
7:45am

      Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

      Duration:
      9 hours (approx.)
      Return Details:
      Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

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      Pricing information

      Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

      Ride Puffing Billy, the most renowned steam train in Australia
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      Inclusions:
      • Driver/guide
      • Live commentary on board
      • Transport by air-conditioned coach
      • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
      • Admission to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Puffing Billy Steam Train ride
      Exclusions:
      • Gratuities (optional)
      • Food and drinks
      Additional Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
      • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
      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
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      Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

      Cancellation Policy

      If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
      If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
      If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

      Traveler Reviews

      Reviewed by: Deepthi, November 2016

      Let and #39;s face it, with AAT kings, it and #39;s a big bus full of people. Yet, I enjoyed this tour. Very comfortable seats. Edward was quirky, very informative and gave individual attention. Puffing billy is a right of passage, cockatoo feeding is an added perk. Loved our zoo volunteer, Margot, at the sanctuary.

      Reviewed by: Claudio P, November 2016

      This was a very enjoyable trip and we saw a lot of beautiful countryside and villages. The steam train was a fun experience and the Sanctuary was a good way to see the fascinating animals of Australia. It did involve a lot of walking, and since my husband has limited mobility, they provided a golf cart for us to see everything we wanted to see. The naturalists and volunteers were just great. Also our bus driver/guide on the main day tour was very helpful and we enjoyed his narrative on the bus. All in all, it was a trip we are very glad we booked!