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  • From Melbourne: Dandenong Ranges Tour by Puffing Billy Train

    1. From Melbourne: Dandenong Ranges Tour by Puffing Billy Train

    Head out to the Dandenong Ranges from Melbourne on board Puffing Billy, Australia’s lovable steam train. Australia's oldest steam railway, Puffing Billy dates back to 1900. It recreates the romance of those bygone days of traveling under the power of steam. The full afternoon train ride takes you along the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which consists mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys, and gullies covered in thick temperate rainforest. See swathes of tall Mountain Ash, and dense ferny undergrowth. Sit back and watch the beautiful scenery roll by. As you head back to Melbourne, you will stop at Sassafras or Olinda, one of the quaint little craft villages in the area. Capture the magic of the old saying "The Romance of the Rail." As you chug along, you will get the chance to feed the native crimson rosella parrots, enjoy Devonshire afternoon tea, and take in the beauti...

    Excellent half day tour. However no drop off back to where we were originally picked up?!

  • Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

    2. Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

    Drive from your central accommodation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi to the world-famous Puffing Billy steam train. Ride Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. Enjoy this iconic steam train ride through the glorious Dandenong Ranges, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria. Enjoy Devonshire morning tea in the Sherbrooke forest. Then, explore the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary where you can wander at your leisure, viewing native animals such as koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take a seat and learn something new at the animal education lessons and live shows. You can also purchase your lunch here as well. Finish with a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where you can sample complimentary chocolates. Return back to your accommodation in central Melbourne.

    An unforgettable and wonderful experience! The organization was very professional and always updating on every single detail. The van was truly comfortable. Our tour guide Matt was very informative, professional and always trying to fit all our needs during the trip, paying attention to all the details and explaining throughout all the places we went past an interesting description. Believe me when I say that this tour is good value for the money! Beautiful landscapes and personalised attention, you won't be disappointed.

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What people are saying about Puffing Billy Railway

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 281 reviews

Fantastic trip. Driver who picked us up from hotel. which was an unexpected bonus add on after booking confirmation. The bus trip was informative with the bonus of a fantastic devonshire morning tea of divine scones jam and cream followed by the short bus trip down to the train station and the highlight of our trip the train ride with great views as we puffed and chuffed our way thru the forest. Then to finish another great adventure on the bus as he showed us more of the Dandenong ranges as we wended our way home to Melbourne city. My husband needed a wheelchair and at no time were we made to feel a nuisance as the driver readily placed the folded up chair out of the way during our bus journey. Highly recommend this trip to one and all. Firstly for the scenery, then the novelty/nostalgia of the steam train, and last but by no means least the friendliness of all concerned in offering the service from the driver to the railway volunteers and the cafe staff.

An unforgettable and wonderful experience! The organization was very professional and always updating on every single detail. The van was truly comfortable. Our tour guide Matt was very informative, professional and always trying to fit all our needs during the trip, paying attention to all the details and explaining throughout all the places we went past an interesting description. Believe me when I say that this tour is good value for the money! Beautiful landscapes and personalised attention, you won't be disappointed.

Great value

Really enjoyed the bus driver was friendly funny and informative, nice comfortable bus air conditioned comfortable seats, morning tea was delicious and having option to feed birds or go for a short walk was good. Puffing Billy was great and just the right amount of time, only negative thing I have to say was we only had 30 minutes to spend in the beautiful town of sassafras, wasn’t long enough to explore the quaint little shops, other than that was awesome! Well worth it!

Very well orgsnized

High quality planning. If you like nature, trains and tree phones this is for you! The stop on the way to the train where we had morning tea had a besurifjl walking trail. Highly recommend!

Loved the tour

Excellent morning. Would have loved longer in Sasafrass. Thanks James for a great tour; your attention to detail and friendliness made for an enjoyable time.