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Melbourne MEL-1

 Puffing Billy-Dandenong Ranges-Winery-Wildlife

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Journey with us on the "Puffing Billy" Australia's favourite steam train and one of the most popular of its kind in the world. Chuff along the narrow-gauge track through the Dandenong Ranges National Park featuring 100 metres tall mountain ash forests, and fern-gullies, experience the sights, smells and sounds of the bush as Puffing Billy trundles across trestle bridges and toils up hills. We stop for a delightful and hearty spit-roast lunch and wine-tasting in the spectacular Yarra Valley wine district region. After lunch, we get up close and personal to some amazing Australian native animals at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary.


Adults $325.00 NZ      Children $299.00 NZ



Our tour takes us from the city highways to the Belgrave village shopping strip where you will see everywhere murals of the trades gone-by.

We arrive at Belgrave Station, home base for the Puffing Billy Steam railway where we board the historic steam train - Puffing Billy a major tourist attraction.  Take in the panoramic views which pass by your carriage window as the train travels through the forests of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges to Menzies Creek.

Be amazed at the 100 metres tall and 500 years old Mountain Ash trees, and fern gullies of the Sherbrooke Forest, habitat for the superb lyrebird, ring-tailed and brush-tailed possums.  You may be lucky to also sight koalas, lyrebirds, galahs, ring-tailed and brush-tailed possums, crimson rosellas, kookaburras, cicadas, blue wrens, echidnas, platypus and the blue wren.

The journey continues to provide panoramic views over farmlands, Port Phillip Bay, the Cardinia Reservoir and the Yarra Valley wine region.
You alight at Menzies Creek where you will be met by your friendly driver guide who will direct you to your coach waiting for you.

The next stop is for lunch at Ferguson's Winery & Restaurant situated in the lush Yarra valley wine district.  Here you will taste some stunning local wines and then sit down to enjoy a sumptuous and hearty spit-roast lunch with a glass of wine in a warm and rustic atmosphere of the Restaurant.

After lunch, we take you to the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary when you can view close-up 200 species of native wildlife and Australia's most unusual animals (koalas, kangaroos, wombats and many others), birds, and reptiles. You will enjoy an informative ranger-guided tour.


Duration 8 hours

Start Time 0830hrs
End Time 1630hrs

Tour times can be adjusted to suit ship times of arrival and departure

Child rates for 4-14 years

You will see
Collection from the Ship
Comfortable Transport
Experienced Guide
Puffing Billy steam train
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
National park Fees

What's Included
Collection from the Ship
Comfortable Transport
Experienced Guide
Puffing Billy Train Ride
Fergusson's Winery lunch and wine tasting
All Tolls and Taxes

General Info
This tour is a small group tour using quality minibuses. Some walking required on gentle inclines and some steps, good walking shoes are recommended. Warm and weatherproof clothing suggested as it can become cool and rainy in any season

Spit-roast lunch with wine, petit fours, tea or coffee

This tour requires a minimum of 4 persons to operate. The group size will not exceed 24 persons.

For larger groups please contact us for details

Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions

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