Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife
$139concession ? Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018
This morning you’re going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun and the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. We’ll get your day started with a journey through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and views of the Dandenongs in the distance.
The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 35kms east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 630 metres and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, arts and craft stores and cafés offering delicious homemade produce.
Grants on Sherbrooke & Devonshire Tea
Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grants on Sherbrooke – a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you’ll be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream.
Included Meals: Devonshire Tea
Handfeeding the Bird Life
Grants on Sherbrooke is a paradise for bird life and you can handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Pink-chested Galah. Make sure you have your camera on hand for some great photos.
Puffing Billy Steam Train
Next you head to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for some fun! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30 minute ride through the heart of the rainforest. You’ll head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay. You’re going to love it!
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary*
Now you’re off to explore the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and meet some Aussie wildlife. Set in a natural bushland environment this Sanctuary is home exclusively to Australian wildlife. Here you can walk the paths through the numerous habitats to see wallabies, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and more than 200 native bird varieties.
*Please note: The opening of Healesville Sanctuary’s new exhibit, Kangaroo Country, is nearing completion and one of the final stages is moving the Kangaroo Island Kangaroos and the Red Kangaroo families to their new home.
This move will be happening between 08 November – 20 December 2017. During this time you may not see a Kangaroo as they would normally on a visit to Healesville Sanctuary. We recommend instead they visit our Wallabies, which is along the Woodlands Track.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 9 hours
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun 8.20am
from Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from selected city hotels
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
Find out more
- Puffing Billy Steam Train ride (from Belgrave to Menzies Creek)
- Devonshire Tea
- Entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
|9.20am||Grants on Sherbrooke|
|10.15am||Puffing Billy train ride|
|12.20pm||Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary|
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge on selected tours if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pickup times listed below are valid for departures between 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018. If your travel date is outside this period, please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details.
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The Puffing Billy Railway is 24 kilometres in length.
Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.
The Puffing Billy locomotive weighs 33.8 tonnes!
Vineyards were first established in the Yarra Valley in 1837.