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

By: AAT Kings
  • 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
Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour
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Day trip from Melbourne
Australia’s Dandenong Ranges offer stunning landscapes and ample wildlife-watching opportunities right in Melbourne’s backyard. This tour combines two of the region’s most popular attractions—a scenic ride on the historic Puffing Billy steam train and a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary to see kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, and other native wildlife.
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 1-hour 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), including traditional Aussie specialties such as billy tea, lamington cakes, and Vegemite. 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 30-minute 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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1 - 5 of 7 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A Great Ride for Young Children.

The train is very exciting for young children as it is a steam train. The carriages are comfortable and have ample windows to take in the amazing views of the Yarra Valley. The lakeside station (at the other end) however has very poor food and...More

Thank Barra G
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile
Day Trip

Great day out with the kids. very relaxing train ride. Lakeside was not what we expected. all the attractions were closed, lake was under repair, kids play grounds were limited or being repaired. On the return journey we have the Head conductor Ian in carriage...More

2  Thank kiwiawayMelbourne
Reviewed 25 March 2018
If you have only one day to experience the Yarra Valley - do this tour

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The bus was comfortable, lunch and wine were good, the stop at Healesville was a delight!

1  Thank MelissaPeery
Reviewed 31 January 2018
Yarra Valley and Puffing Billy

Did the above mentioned tour with AAT Kings. Our Driver Brett was friendly and very helpful. Gave us lots of information along the way and drove very safely. The coaches are very comfortable . I will be doing other AAT Kings tours next time i...More

2  Thank Henry V
Reviewed 20 January 2018
Family highlight

Puffing Billy is an activity that we have participated in as family for generations. I as really disappointed this trip. Parking was an absolute nightmare- no parks anywhere. The train was over sold for our time slot but instead of waiting for the next time-...More

4  Thank 72ross
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