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Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne

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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 view Australia's unique wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary. Discover the beauty of Melbourne's most scenic regions as you watch cockatoos and rosellas in the Dandenong Ranges.
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  • 1
    Grants on Sherbrooke
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Puffing Billy Railway
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Healesville Sanctuary
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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  • Ride Australia’s oldest preserved steam train, the Puffing Billy
  • Guided tour: visit the best Dandenong viewpoints with a local guide
  • See koalas, kangaroos, and other native wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transportation by bus
What to Expect
Your tour begins with an early-morning pickup from your central Melbourne hotel. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, set out on the journey into the Dandenong Ranges and soak up the scenery as you climb through lovely mountain valleys. Along the way, make a stop at the Grants Reserve Café, where you are served morning tea (own expense). Before hopping back on the bus, take a moment to admire the views, and to look for cockatoos and rosellas in the surrounding forest. Continue to Belgrave, the starting point for the Puffing Billy—Australia’s oldest steam train and one of the world’s finest preserved steam railways. Once onboard, set out on a thrilling train ride, following the historic railway route through the heart of the Sherbrooke Forest and enjoying spectacular views across the lush mountain valleys. After your memorable train ride, head to the Healesville Sanctuary, where you can purchase lunch (not included) before exploring the nature reserve. During your visit, see kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies, and spot some of Australia’s more elusive creatures, such as echidnas, platypuses, and Tasmanian devils. Finally, set out on the return journey to Melbourne, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call the operator. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list. If you wish to change your pick-up location, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the dropdown list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.
Departure Time
8:10 AM
  • Experienced local driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Super comfortable luxury coach including: free wifi, in-seat USB, air conditioning
  • Pickup and dropoff for select Melbourne hotels. These appear in a dropdown box when booking
  • Ticket for the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride (from Belgrave to Menzies Creek)
  • Enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of scones, served warm with jam, cream, and tea or coffee
  • Entry to Healesville Wildlife Park
  • Get up close and personal with some of Australia's most well known animals
  • Entry/Admission - Grants on Sherbrooke
  • Entry/Admission - Puffing Billy Railway
  • Entry/Admission - Healesville Sanctuary
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please call prior to booking regarding wheelchair accessibility
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Very comfortable and well organized trip. The coach was very comfortable and the guide fun and informative. The kids enjoyed the train ride and watching all the animals at the wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately our volunteer guide was not so interesting so we decided to explore
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi there Fanhetai, Thank you for leaving us your lovely review about the Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary Tour. We are glad to hear that you and the kids enjoyed both the train ride and the wildlife sanctuary. We are sorry to hear your volunteer guide was not captivating, but like you advised, there is no need to use their guidance if you do not wish to. Thanks again for taking the time to write us a review, we hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in Melbourne
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We did half day puffing billy tour with a visit to the quaint little village of Sassafras. The coach driver Liam was awesome and the itinerary matched. Would highly recommend this
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded 10 Dec 2019
Hi Katrinaapps, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the Puffing Billy and Heritage Steam Train tour. We will be sure to pass on your kind regards to Liam for the enjoyable day. Travel safely,
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Well balanced day: stroll in the rainforest followed by coffee and scones, great experience on the old and historic steam train, pleasant discovery of the Australian animals sanctuary Very comfortable coach Nice driver, Roger Thanks a lot
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded 9 Dec 2019
Hello JeanneFrance2019, Thanks for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed our Puffing Billy and Healesville tour with Roger, he sure is a top bloke. We hope to see you again soon,
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Puffing Billy Steam Train is great. The train was full the day we went and we sat in a passenger compartment. The windows opened and I got some great pictures. "Employees" are dressed in traditional clothing and don't mind answering your questions or posing for photos. Loved it!
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded 19 Oct 2019
Hello, The volunteers truly love what they do, this is the main reason the Heritage Puffing Billy steam train still exists and runs today. Their true passion brings this tour to life which includes wearing the traditional garb. We are so lucky we get the opportunity to take travellers such as yourself to experience this old time classic. Thanks for the review JeanieMay.
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Really great trip (once we found the bus in the morning) it a full day but would recommend it. The sanctuary was fantastic!
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Hi Fiona B, We are glad you enjoyed the Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary tour, they sure are abundant in Australian Wildlife. Thanks for the quick review,
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  • Duration: 9h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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