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Melbourne Bus Tour Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride

Image of Puffing Billy steam train crossing tressle bridge.Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride Healesville Sanctuary Bus Tour

Puffing Billy is popular steam train that operates from Belgrave Station to Gembrook, near the site of the original station for Puffing Billy built in 1900.

This tour from Melbourne takes you to Belgrave for a ride on Puffing Billy, lunch at Fergusson Winery, plus a visit to Healesville Sancturay.

This is one of the best Melbourne day tours of all and absolutely loved by those who have taken a ride on Puffing Billy.

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Puffing Billy Steam Train, Fergusson Winery and Healesville Sanctuary Bus Tour

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.

Image of Puffing Billy ready for boarding at Belgrave Station. The 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 Yarra Valley.

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.

Image of steam train chugging through the hills of the Dandenong Ranges.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 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



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