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From Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Puffing Billy Train

Product ID: 180722
Ride Puffing Billy, a century-old train along colonial train tracks hidden in the steep valley forest where ferns grow wild and trees tower. Enjoy an afternoon exploring Healesville Sanctuary, an Australian Wildlife Zoo with over 200 native animals.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 7:45 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Ride the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train
  • Explore the Dandenong Mountain Ranges
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest and stop for Devonshire Tea
  • Experience the Healesville Sanctuary
  • Encounter native animals in their natural habitat enclosures
Full description
Journey east of Melbourne through the beautiful low mountain range known as the Dandenong Ranges, where ferns grow wild and trees tower over a colonial train track hidden in the rolling hills and steep valley forest. This region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, and also home to an abundance of Australian wildlife. Then, head off to explore Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary where you can encounter more than 200 native Australian animals living in their natural bushland habitat.

Take the opportunity to visit one of Australia’s most acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries, set in a natural bushland, known as Healesville Sanctuary. Before you can arrive, you will climb aboard a century-old steam train called Puffing Billy and enjoy a scenic ride through the Dandenong Ranges. Where giant Mountain Ash trees tower over wild fern gullies and hidden railway tracks within the rainforest. Be sure to relive a childhood dream, and dangle your arms and legs out of this custom designed open colonial train carriage. Enjoy Devonshire tea with handmade scones in the breathtaking Sherbrooke Forest.

Once at Healesville, take a walk in one of Victoria’s premier wildlife sanctuaries and you will encounter wallabies, platypus, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, and a variety of native birds. There is plenty to see and do at Healesville Sanctuary, such as the astonishing birds of prey, ‘Spirits of the Sky’ presentation, feel the power of these glorious and majestic animals as they swoop overhead. Return to Melbourne early evening.
  • Puffing Billy Healesville Sanctuary Tour Steam Train fare (from Belgrave to Menzies Creek)
  • Devonshire tea and handmade scones
  • Entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Modern air-conditioned coach vehicle
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Informative tour commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Additional food and beverages

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Federation Square (East-MCG-Side), Day Tour Desks on the corner of Russell St and Flinders St, Melbourne.

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What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• Please note this tour price does not include lunch.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Very good combination. First an entertaining train ride. If you sit on the right in the direction of travel, you can take the nicer pictures. Approximately In my opinion, 30 minutes is enough. And then the animal station / "zoo". Very informative and a great experience. Generally the tour is very suitable for children. It's worth it.

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October 10, 2019

December 15, 2019

Just a little disappointed with the sanctuary, I'm not a fan of zoos and that's what I felt like doing

November 13, 2019

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Autopia Tours

Product ID: 180722