Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley And Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour - Melbourne

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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.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • 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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Your tour begins with pickup from your Melbourne hotel. Enjoy a relaxing coach trip through Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs as you travel from the city to the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of the city.

Admire views of towering mountain ash gum trees, the world's tallest flowering plants, as you wind your way up the mountains to Grant's Reserve in the quaint mountain village of Kallista. Handfeed the local crimson rosellas, sulfur-crested cockatoos and pink-and-gray galahs as you drink in the crisp mountain air and enjoy a traditional Australian billy tea with savory Vegemite spread and chocolate-and-coconut lamington cakes.

Leaving Grant's Reserve, your tour takes you to the town of Belgrave in the foothills of Dandenong Ranges to board the famous Puffing Billy steam train. This historic train trip takes you 100 years back in time to the days of steam travel as you ride the train from Belgrave to the Yarra Ranges village of Gembrook. Cross the wooden trestle bridge on this 30-minute ride through the rainforest, and glimpse faraway views of Port Phillip Bay glistening on the horizon.

Relax after your Puffing Billy train ride and enjoy lunch hamper (at own expense) at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary.

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy a tour of Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australias premier wildlife reserves. See all kinds of native animals in a natural bush setting, including wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, owls, emus eagles and, of course, koalas. Dont miss the popular birds of prey display and see sleepy koalas chewing gum leaves in their eucalypt-tree habitats.

Leaving Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, make your way back to Melbourne, arriving at your city hotel in the late afternoon.

Inclusions for Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley And Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Admission to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train ride

Exclusions for Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley And Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks


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
7:30am     Holiday Inn Flinders
7:20am     Hotel Sophia
7:30am     Ibis Hotel Therry Street
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)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations

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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256 reviews by the users

  • Lovely day,highlight was the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride, fantastic. We enjoyed the Sanctuary,but maps were out dated so got confused a few times,we were told they were getting new enclosures and updated maps down the track, so we missed a few exhibitions as only limited time there and a lot to cover. We would have bought more souvenirs from the shop but there were very few referring to the Wild Life Sanctuary, so disappointing.The only thing apart from stuffed animalsfar too many we could find was a fridge magnet, others were not specific to the Sanctuary.???? But loved the animals,we could tell they were loved.

  • Really amazing experience. The train like a journey into the past.

  • excelent trip and well organized.
    we were surprised how well it was done

  • Love it and the tour guide is superb!!! Everything went smoothly and the views are all breathtaking! My son enjoyed all of it!

  • A really neat fun varied day. Ran smoothly by a friendly informative driver, the train was fun and the wildlife park was great. I'd do this tour again :)

  • The tour guide is excellent! He is good at making burgers to all of us!

  • Went during winter in early august. The puffing billy was a short 30 minutes ride, sit on the right side for the best view. Most enjoyable was sitting on the window ledge, enjoying the super cold breeze with the other passengers and taking photos with the steam engine at the station.
    Sadly, it was raining during the Sanctuary Trip, most of the animals such as kangaroos were under their shelter to hide from the cold winter rain so there wasn't much to see at the outdoor areas. However, there was still the nightlife exhibition which was quite fascinating.
    There are animal shows and talks at certain timings which was enjoyable and entertaining. The guides were volunteers but had so much knowledge to share about the animals.

  • Wildlife sanctuary turned out to be a lot of walking and standing around, which was tiring. Otherwise, great trip.

  • The steam train ride was amazing - it is rare these days to see one of these let alone ride on it through the forests. Beautiful views, amazing and friendly volunteers.

    The Healesville Sanctuary was also a must do - highly recommend that you follow the tour guide they have so much knowledge about this conservation center it really is quite remarkable.

    All in all, our AATKings tour was an amazing experience! Large, comfortable bus with a very efficient and friendly guide. Highly recommend!

  • The train ride was good saw a bunch of stuff. The Sanctuary showed many different animals.

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