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Puffing Billy Tour in Melbourne with Wildlife Experience and Lunch

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Ride on Puffing Billy, Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges, with Bellbirds and Kookaburras echoing the steam train's whistle.

  • Enjoy an exciting ride on the Puffing Billy
  • Discover Melbourne's eastern suburbs and share Bush Billy tea with the locals
  • Pass through quaint villages known for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Come face to face with a koala and a hairy nose wombat


Travel through the richness of the Yarra Valley - a pastoral experience of farms and vineyards, haystacks and wine grapes. Taste Yarra Valley wines at Fergussons Winery and Restaurant and enjoy a sumptuous lunch.

Continue on to Healesville Sanctuary - a truly Australian experience where you can surround yourself with Australian wildlife - the curious Platypus, Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Emus and more.


  • Melbourne's eastern suburbs

  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds

  • Share Bush Billy tea of Aussie grown tea and gum leaves, lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers

  • Colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots! (opportunity to hand feed)

  • Enjoy a ride aboard Puffing Billy steam train from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, the most scenic section of the original steam locomotive's journey

  • Pass quaint villages set amongst the Australian bush and renowned for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens

  • Panoramic views from Grantulla Road

  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch with wine as guests of Louise Fergusson (Asian cuisine and vegetarian meals are also available on request)

  • Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer

  • Tour through the Yarra Valley

  • Visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - a sweet feast for the senses

  • Delight in complimentary chocolate tastings, displays of premium chocolates and observe European chocolatiers at work

  • Pass through the township of Healesville - set amidst mountain bushland

  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary - home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting

  • Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies

  • Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand - the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis and spoonbills

  • Witness the "Spirits of the Sky" demonstration

  • Observe the underwater life of the platypus

  • Come face to face with a koala!

  • Meet a furry wombat!

  • See dingoes, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas

Please Note

  • *The Intercontinental Hotel pick-up/join in will be at the Collins Street entrance, and will no longer be at the Flinders Lane.

  • Children below 4 years old are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.


  • Steam train ride

  • WiFi service on coach

  • Aussie style Bush Billy tea

  • Wine tasting

  • Lunch

  • Admission
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Puffing Billy Tour in Melbourne with Wildlife Experience and Lunch

Duration: 10 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sun
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Steam train ride / WiFi service on coach / Aussie style Bush Billy tea / Wine tasting / Lunch / Admission

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  • 08:00-07:50

    Pick-up at Melbourne Hotels or Check-in at Federation Square East

  • Sherbrooke Forest

    Explore Sherbrooke Forest which lies within the Dandenong Ranges, 40 kilometers east of Melbourne. This lush forest is inhabited by kookaburras but is more famous for its population of local lyrebirds, which became the primary location for the study of this rare animal.

  • Bush Billy Tea

    Share Bush Billy tea with Vegemite, crackers and lamingtons with the locals while being surrounded by colorful crimson rosellas! You will also have the opportunity to hand feed the King Parrots which are cared for in the sanctuary.

  • Puffing Billy Steam Train

    One of the highlights of this tour is a ride on the legendary Puffing Billy Steam Train. Traverse one of the most scenic parts of the train's original path from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. Journey across multiple sites in this one-of-kind experience you should not miss!

  • Lunch

    Enjoy a sumptuous spit roast lunch paired with wine as guests at the Fergusson estate. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request.

  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

    Visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for a taste of their decadent chocolates. Feast your eyes on their premium chocolate displays and watch as the chocolatiers work their magic in creating some of their finest products.

  • Healesville Sanctuary

    Visit Healesville Sanctuary, a safe haven for native Aussie animals. Get up close with the animals including kangaroos and wallabies. Watch the Spirits of the Sky Demonstration and get to see the other residents of the reserve such as the platypus, wombats, Tasmanian devils, Koalas and more!

  • 17:45

    Tour Ends at Federation Square East

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  • Children four (4) years old and under are free, but will need to sit on a parent or guardian's lap if there are no available seats.

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