Puffing Billy Steam Train, Fergusson Winery and Healesville Sanctuary
This is an awesome day tour and if you are a railway buff, mores the better. The ride on Puffing Billy is perhaps a highlight of the day, yet it's the combination tour that ranks this as awesome. I strongly suggest that you take the lunch option, as lunch at Fergusson Winery is a real treat and more than worth the extra cost.
Yarra Valley is a rich rural area with famous wineries, fruit and vegetable
gardens and the ever popular Puffing Billy Steam Train. Many thousands
of visitors each year enjoy the Puffing Billy ride through the hills
of the Dandenong
Ranges and you to can experience the romance of a steam train on
this great day tour from Melbourne.
First stop is a billy tea and lamingtons morning tea break at Grants
Picnic Park in the Sherbrook Forest.
Here you can feed Sulphur Crested
Cockatoos and Crimson Rosellas. The bus driver will give you some seed, so have your camera ready for great photos. The lamingtons are fresh so make sure you have one or two. There are toilets near the gift shop, and it's a good chance to use them at this stop.
Then it's off to Belgrave Station where
you board the Puffing Billy and thrill to a genuine steam train ride
through the lush fern covered hills. You travel from Belgrave Station to Menzies Creek where the bus meets you. The puffing Billy ride takes about 25 minutes between stations and is just perfect.
All seat in the open carriages face outward, or towards the windows, so there's never a problem with the view. Some great photo opportunities present themselves along the way, with a long tressle bridge being the first such opportunity not long after leaving the Belgrave Station.
After Puffing Billy, you have the option of a spit roast lunch at Fergusson
Winery (our recommendation), a leading award winning winery of the Yarra Valley. Strongly suggest the spit roast lunch. table wines are included. It's excellent value. You can also have a wine tasting and purchase wine direct from their wine cellar.
Back on the bus again
after lunch to vistit the famous Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary, which is
home to a wide range of unique Australian birds and animals, or you
can choose a wine tasting tour of other leading wineries in the picturesque
See beautiful Lyrebirds, commonly called peacocks, pat kangaroos and
watch koalas feeding on juicy gum leaves high in the tree tops. Feed
crimson rosellas, a highlight of the day, as they come and feed directly
from your hands. The Healesville
Sanctuary is probably your best opportunity to experience Australian
animals at close range, a very satisfying experience.
Tours depart Federation Square Melbourne
at 8.20 am and returns around 5.30 pm. A fantastic day in the Yarra Valley
and Dandenong Ranges.
- Coach travel to the Yarra Valley
- Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride
- Wine tasting
- Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
- Australian Billy Tea
- Check the online brochure below for the tour that suits your requirements