Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:10 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    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 .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 meeting Australia's unique wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary. Discover the beauty of Melbourne's most scenic regions as you feed cockatoos and rosellas in the Dandenong Ranges.


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Rail Tour

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Get up-close to native wildlife

Free drinks included

Led by a local guide

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Grants on Sherbrooke, Kallista, Victoria

At Grants on Sherbrooke, enjoy a delicious traditional Devonshire Tea of scones served warm with jam and cream, and tea or coffee served in china cups. Plus, there's crackers with Vegemite for those brave enough to try! Before you leave, you can hand-feed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Pink-chested Galah (seed provided)

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Puffing Billy Railway

Ride the century-old Puffing Billy Steam Train on the 30-minute ride from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. View the towering Mountain Ash trees and beautiful gullies of Sherbrooke Forest

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Healesville Sanctuary

Get ready to meet a group of furry friends at Australias premier wildlife and nature sanctuary, Healesville, home to mammals and reptiles and over 200 varieties of native birds
Every Sunday, you can learn about the local Wurundjeri Aboriginal people. Hear of their culture, traditions and stories of the Dreamtime. Listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo and be amazed at their mastery making that Boomerang really fly!
Lunch is available to purchase at one of three cafs at Healesville Sanctuary
A volunteer guide will escort you among Australias unique birds and animals in a natural bushland setting
You can experience Kangaroo Country, the Spirits of the Sky show and Tales from Platypus Creek

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes


Hotel Pickups:

7:45am     AAT Kings Office – Corner Flinders & Russell Streets

7:05am     Adara East Apartments
7:25am     Adina Grand Apartments
7:15am     Atlantis Hotel
6:50am     Bayside Eden
6:50am     Bayview on the Park
6:50am     Como Hotel
7:20am     Crown Metropol
7:15am     Crown Promenade
7:20am     Crown Towers
7:25am     Crowne Plaza Hotel (at top of ramp)
7:05am     Downtowner On Lygon
7:00am     Hilton Southwharf
7:20am     Hotel Sophia
6:00am     Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:00am     Ibis Swanston Street
7:35am     Intercontinental Hotel (Collins St Entrance)
7:25am     Kings Street Backpackers
7:10am     Langham Hotel
7:05am     Magnolia Court
7:40am     Mantra on Russell
7:20am     Mantra on the Park
7:30am     Marriott Hotel
7:10am     Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:35am     Mercure Grand on Swanston (Reception Desk)
6:55am     Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:10am     Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:35am     Mercure Welcome (Reception Desk)
7:10am     Miami Hotel
7:35am     Novotel Collins
6:40am     Novotel St Kilda
7:35am     Oaks on Market
7:25am     Park Hyatt
7:05am     Pullman on the Park
7:15am     Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am     Rendezvous Hotel
7:30am     Rydges Melbourne
7:00am     Seasons Botanical
7:15am     Sofitel Hotel
7:20am     Stamford Plaza
7:05am     Travel Inn Carlton
7:05am     Travelodge Docklands
7:10am     Vibe Savoy
7:20am     Windsor Hotel
7:00am     YHA Metro (Corner of Howard & Courtney Street)



Live commentary on board

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Puffing Billy Steam Train ride

Entry/Admission - Grants on Sherbrooke

Entry/Admission - Puffing Billy Railway

Entry/Admission - Healesville Sanctuary



Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Mar-2020

    The train is a beautiful train - that takes you through the suburbs. You are greeted by a slew of people at different vantage points taking pictures of the train and waving to the occupants. Many from homes you pass seem to make it out to ensure you are given a very hearty hello/wave.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    The Puffing Billy Steam Train Experience was fantastic, it took me back to my childhood and journeying on the narrow guage railway in North Wales [The Bleaneau Festiniog ] Railway.

    The visit to the Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary started off well. however, the place was hit by a thunder storm and everything closed down, the walkways were awash with water, most of the group were soaked to the skin, with very little cover - only the Gift Shop remained open. We had to wait from 2.30 until 3.45pm before we were picked up again

  • 11-Feb-2020

    Healsville was great. The driver was always very kind and helpful. The train ride was fun. What more do you want from a satisfied guest

  • 29-Jan-2020

    Excellent day was told alot of imformation that we didn't know. Driver very knowledgeable. As I had a sore leg got driven around thanks

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Fun short train ride up an old logging trail and nice zoo experience with opportunity to see Australian animals in one place. Possibility of touching a wallaby but not an interactive experience. Good feel for Melbourne suburbs.

  • 29-Jul-2019

    The train and all the workers were great. I thought I would be seeing something but it felt like we were just on a track looking at neighborhood back yards.
    The Sanctuary, was lovely. Lot of construction, the guide was good and informative. Restaurant was good. Great flgift shop
    Stepping into the rainforest was fun. Tea before was good
    Bus driver very nice and informative.

  • 16-Jul-2019

    we had a very good day good atmosphere with the guide i recommand it thank you the scenery is beautiful and we ate very well where we stopped

  • 12-Sep-2018

    Fantastic trip. The Healesville Amimal Ssnctuary was incredible. I was able to feed numerous birds and even pet a kangaroo. The cockatiel feeding area at the National Park was so much fun. I highly recommend this day tour.

  • 27-Aug-2018

    This trip was perfect for the students on their day off from a competition. They got to experience a variety of things unique to Australia. Our guide Liam was great.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    What a fantastic day filled with fun and education. My husband and I truly enjoyed the Puffing Billy Steam Train and Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour. The bird-feeding, hot tea, and scones were a delightful end to the tour.

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