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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You’ll 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 you’ll visit the Healesville Sanctuary, one of the best places in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. You’ll 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 Sanctuary’s 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, you’ll 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 you’ll 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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17 reviews by the users

  • 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

  • The attractions were simply OK. The train ride was very brief and the Sanctuary while good was overrated. The tour was poorly organized from the start with half the group not knowing where to meet the bus resulting in a 30 minute delayed start. It was difficult to hear the guide who provided very little information about Melbourne. To make things worse, he had problems navigating late afternoon traffic and we were late in arriving at the port.

  • A long, long day with a boring driver not a guide. Puffing billy is a waste of time. And the Sanctuary is a paltry excuse for a zoo.

  • The Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride were great.
    What was not great was the company setting this all up and providing transportation!!!
    They are not visible at the ship dock!!!! My sister stayed on the phone with them for over 30min trying to connect with the driver. They seem very disorganized!!! No sign. They said - we are looking for you. How do they even know who we are????? And then the driver barely got us back in time before ship sailinglike 10min. He kept letting off passengers instead of taking us to our ship and then dropping them off. Not impressed!!!

  • Our guide was great, the sanctuary gave us an up close and personal look at


  • One of the highlights of our vacation

  • Steve Andrew is a first class tour guide. He went out of his way to ensure that we saw as much as possible.
    Puffing Billy Steam Train is fun and the scenery is beautiful.
    But nothing can compare with the Sanctuary . Fantastic.
    We have already commented that the only thing we were disappointed with is that you advised us to wait for our guide at 0830. So we were down at the port waiting from 0815 and he only arrived at 0930. That was after we spent almost $20 on phone calls (we have an overseas phone line) trying to locate someone in your company to determine what was happening. We almost gave up and went on another tour.

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