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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.


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  • 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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Tour departs from most Melbourne hotels
Federation Square
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      Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

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

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      Code: M15

      Day trip from Melbourne

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      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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      • 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
      • 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
      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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      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: Joel R, February 2017

      THIS was awesome! I would encourage the good people at the Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary to give their comrades at the Enchanted Adventure Garden Canopy Tour a lesson on what other divine vegetaria options there are to eat in the world, apart from chips and a sandwich made of two slices of wheat bread with pieces of a mixed greens salad between them.

      The tour guides were all great, and it was a treat to see so many animals being taken care of. It was a great way to see the world famous creatures of Australia in a supportive, caring environment!

      Reviewed by: sooyee, February 2017

      The driver was very knowledgeable about the areas along the way and the destination. He was very clear about the expectation and logistic. The train ride was pleasant and fun. The weather that day was just too hot for the animals to be a little bit more active.