Melbourne Shore Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary And Puffing Billy Steam Train

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When your cruise ship docks in Melbourne, youll be picked up at the port and taken inland to check out the Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Stream Train. At the wildlife sanctuary, youll meet Australias native animals including koalas, kangaroos, monitor lizards and dingos. Then head to the Puffing Billy Stream Train for a ride through the rainforest on the century-old steam train. Small-group tour limited to 24 people ensures a more personalized experience.

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Youll be met by your guide at Port Melbourne and driven by comfortable air-conditioned coach about one hour through the Dandenong Ranges, known for cool-climate rainforest and extensive Eucalyptus forests.
First youll visit the Healesville Sanctuary, one of the best places in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. Youll walk with your guide through a stunning bushland setting where you can see wombats, birds of prey, platypus, wallabies and other amazing animals that are native to Australia. Hear about the Sanctuarys efforts to fight wildlife extinction and commitment to treating more than 2,000 sick and injured native animals each year.
After seeing the animals, take a break for a typical Aussie barbecue lunch of locally sourced sausages served with a variety of toppings. Once you have enjoyed the food and hospitality, youll reboard your coach and head to the Puffing Billy Steam Train in Belgrave.
Climb aboard the century-old steam train, maintained in mint condition by dedicated volunteers. The Puffing Billy still runs on its own mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook, through the heart of the rainforest. Travel back in time as you chug through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest waving at friendly bystanders as you go.
In the late afternoon youll be returned to your ship in Melbourne to end your tour.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Melbourne port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Inclusions for Melbourne Shore Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary And Puffing Billy Steam Train

  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Barbecue lunch
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Exclusions for Melbourne Shore Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary And Puffing Billy Steam Train

  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Not wheelchair accessible

Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 24 people

Minimum age is 4 years

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We had to call the company when we could not find the meeting place after leaving the ship. It was in front of the Hobson's Cafe not the entrance to the pier. Would have been nice to know in advance. Nice size group of 8. Steve was our guide and was interesting and did a good job. Puffing Billy was fun. The Healsville Sanctuary was a nice zoo but it would have been better if we had a little more guidance. Lunch was sausages and onions on the grill along with some salads. After lunch we had about 2.5 hours to wander the grounds. The down side of the trip was the failure of the air conditioning on the small van about 45 mins into the tour. Steve did his best at trying to fix it then trying to get us a replacement. In the end we ended up with a very hot ride back to town. We had time for a short tour of Melbourn but it had to be cut short due to the heat.

  • This was a great excursion all round. A small group, but that was okay. This being my first encounter with the wildlife of Australia especially when I first saw my first kangaroo what I thought was a kangaroo was actually a wallabee. I took a lot of picture of the wallabee. Our tour guide, Steve left the group to go explore the sanctuary on our own giving us direction where to go and what to look ,while he goes to prepare our barbecue lunch. While we walking we encounter the koalas in cage doing their own thing - sleeping, sitting on a branch, - great photo opportunities. Lunch consisted of sausage and bun and salad was good. We were then told to go see the Spirits in the Sky Bird Show, this was a great show, as we saw many species of birds that are here in Australia. Wow the birds showed off what each bird were known for. The show was very entertaining. Next it was the World of Platypus show. Another interesting show and I learned a lot of facts about the platypus. When we were done with the Healesville Sanctuary, we were driven to where the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride was. This was a fun ride and the scenery was great as we rode the train. I would recommend this excursion for those visiting Australia.

  • Great guide. Nice man. The only thing he needs is a little stool for older folks to step out of van.

  • The sanctuary was large and nice, with opportunity to feed a parrot and see a wombat up close. Best part was BBQ by our tour guide, Garth - yummy! The train was a non-event as it was very short and just seemed to go through people's back yards. It is open air, but does not go very fast to provide any cooling breezes. We got a bit of a tour through Melbourne too, which was nice.

  • The Healesville Sanctuary was fantastic, however, the train ride on Puffing Billy was so short and covered nothing interesting to see. Our driver/guide had limited knowledge of anything beyond the specific things included on the excursion and spent most of the driving portion being silent.

  • This was a fantastic day made all the more enjoyable by our guide Steve. Healesville Sanctuary was enjoyable and the BBQ lunch cooked by Steve a great experience. The train ride was fun and Steve then took us to feed Cockatoos which was a fun photo opportunity.

  • Our guide was 1 hour late picking us up but made up for it with an unscheduled stop at a bird place. Although we had "special reserved seating" we were all facing the wrong side of the train so missed many of the best views. Also, they failed to accommodate my special meal request.

  • We had a good time on this trip. If you ride on the train be sure to get on the right side. Our guide told us to ride on that side and he was correct. The Sanctuary was very nice and the only disappointment was the lunch because some wires got crossed and we didn't get the BBQ. He got us back to town early so we also got a tour of the city which was a nice plus. He had WIFI in the vehicle and I do wish that I had known ahead of time because I would have brought my IPAD.

  • This was a fantastic excursion. Our Bunyip tours guide was great!!. The Puffing Billy train was a lot of fun. Healesvile was amazing with lots of koalas and kangaroos. Our barbecue lunch was delicious.

  • Steve was a great tour guide. Great tour half the price of the ship

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