Dandenong Ranges: Our most recommended tours and activities

Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

1. Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

Drive from your central accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle 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 a leisurely walk around the scenic Emerald Lake, then explore Healesville Sanctuary where you can wander around, observing native animals like koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take a seat at the animal education lessons and live shows. You can also purchase lunch here. Finish the tour with a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where you can sample complimentary chocolates. Return back to your accommodation in central Melbourne.

From Melbourne: Puffing Billy and Penguin Parade Combo Tour

2. From Melbourne: Puffing Billy and Penguin Parade Combo Tour

Enjoy two top experiences with this day trip from Melbourne. Travel from Belgrave to Emerald lake onboard the nostalgic Puffing Billy Railway steam train and be mesmerized by waddling sea birds at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.  Be picked up from a central Melbourne CBD location and travel in air-conditioned comfort to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Hop onboard the iconic Puffing Billy steam train for a ride from Belgrave to Emerald through the breathtaking Dandenong Ranges. Stop at Emerald Lake where you can take a leisurely walk around the picturesque Emerald Lake and have the opportunity topurchase your own lunch at a charming local eatery. Stop at the The Nobbies Lookout and visit the Nobbies Tourist Information Centre to find out about the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Take pictures of glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from this spectacular lookout. Walk the boardwalk with ocean views to the Nobbies blowhole and Seal Rock and enjoy the stunning surroundings. Head off to watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way home into their burrows at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Buy a nice dinner at the Penguin Parade while you watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Return to Melbourne CBD with unforgettable memories at the end of your tour.

From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wildlife Tour

3. From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wildlife Tour

Experience the magic of the past as you embark on an unforgettable journey through the lush rainforest of the Dandenong Ranges on board the legendary Puffing Billy steam train. Behold the breathtaking vistas and breathe in the fresh, crisp air, taking in the beauty of the historic locomotive as it chugs along on its hour-long expedition from Belgrave to Lakeside. If thatʼs not enough, after the ride, wander through a wildlife sanctuary where you can encounter some of Australiaʼs most beloved creatures face-to-face, including koalas, kangaroos, and soaring birds of prey.

From Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Moonlit Sanctuary Tour

4. From Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Moonlit Sanctuary Tour

Travel 1-hour via the Puffy Billy Steam Engine train from Lakeside to Belgrave. Enjoy the excitement of travelling on a vintage train and arrive at the Moonlit Sanctuary for a tour. Start your tour at the Dandenong Ranges and head to Lakeside to the Puffing Billy’s visitor Centre. Enjoy free time to explore and have lunch before boarding Puffing Billy Steam Engine train to Belgrave. Experience a 1-hour train ride through dense forest and open spaces. Arrive in Belgrave and drive to Moonlit Sanctuary to meet Australia’s unique fauna, koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, and so many more. End your adventure with a scenic drive back to Melbourne.

From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Private Tour

5. From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Private Tour

Puffing Billy Steam Train Tours are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Melbourne, Australia. These tours offer an unforgettable experience to tourists, showcasing the natural beauty and historic charm of the Dandenong Ranges. If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure in Melbourne, then Puffing Billy Tours and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tours are definitely worth checking out. These tours are perfect for nature lovers, history buffs, and anyone who wants to experience the beauty and charm of Australia's countryside. The Puffing Billy Tours are operated by Melbourne Limolink, one of the most trusted and reliable chauffeur services in Melbourne. They offer a range of private and group tours to the Dandenong Ranges, including the popular Puffing Billy Steam Train Tours. The Puffing Billy Steam Train is a historic steam-powered train that runs through the lush forests, scenic hills, and quaint towns of the Dandenong Ranges. This iconic train has been in operation since 1900, and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. The Puffing Billy Steam Train Tours offer a range of experiences, including a ride on the steam train, a visit to the historic railway station, and a tour of the beautiful countryside. These tours are perfect for families, couples, and groups of friends who want to experience the beauty and charm of Melbourne's countryside. The tours are designed to cater to different tastes and preferences. For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, there are guided tours that take you through the scenic hills and forests of the Dandenong Ranges. These tours offer stunning views of the countryside and allow you to experience the beauty of nature at your own pace. For those who are more adventurous, there are tours that include hiking and mountain biking through the Dandenong Ranges. These tours are perfect for those who love to explore the great outdoors and want to get a closer look at the natural beauty of the region. Melbourne Limolink offers a range of packages for the Puffing Billy Tours and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tours. They offer private tours for couples and families, as well as group tours for larger groups of friends or colleagues. Our chauffeur services are top-notch, providing you with a comfortable and safe ride throughout your tour. Our knowledgeable and experienced drivers will ensure that you have a hassle-free and enjoyable experience from start to finish. In conclusion, if you're looking for an unforgettable experience in Melbourne, then the Puffing Billy Tours and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tours are definitely worth checking out. With Melbourne Limolink's reliable and professional chauffeur services, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty and charm of the Dandenong Ranges in style.

From Melbourne: Dandenong Ranges Private Tour with Lunch

6. From Melbourne: Dandenong Ranges Private Tour with Lunch

You will begin your tour at 10 AM and then travel 45 minutes outside the city into the lush Australian forest. Along the way, spot several quaint villages and lovely gardens, and watch as the city dissolves into thick foliage. Upon arriving at the Dandenong Range, Get off the beaten track on a relaxing walk through a majestic eucalyptus and fern tree forest. Soak in the sights and sounds of nature under the shade of this lush forest canopy.  After a fresh walk in the forest, pause to have lunch at a cozy nearby restaurant. Afterwards, your tour will continue with a walk in the beautiful and popular cool climate garden, Alfred Nicholas Gardens, which is the most photographed place on the mountains. Finally, drive down the mountains back to the city, where you will arrive at 4:30 PM.

Melbourne: Private Yarra Valley Winery Lunch by Helicopter

7. Melbourne: Private Yarra Valley Winery Lunch by Helicopter

The Yarra Valley Helicopter Winery Tour is an exciting way to explore one of Australia's most famous wine regions. It is a unique experience that combines a scenic helicopter flight with lunch and a wine tasting at one of the best wineries in the Yarra Valley. The tour starts with a helicopter ride from Melbourne to Yarra Valley, which takes about 25 minutes. During the flight, you get to enjoy stunning views of the city skyline, the Dandenong Ranges, and Yarra Valley vineyards. Once you land at Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley you can taste a range of wines, including reds, whites, and sparkling wines, while learning about the winemaking process and the history of the winery. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some of your favourite wines to take home with you. After this you can enjoy a gourmet 2 course lunch paired with their award-winning wines, while soaking up the breathtaking scenery. Overall, the Yarra Valley Helicopter Winery Tour is an unforgettable experience that combines luxury, adventure and quality food and wine. It is perfect for couples, or anyone looking for a unique way to explore Yarra Valley's wine country. So, why not treat yourself to this once-in-a-lifetime experience and indulge in some of the best wines Australia has to offer?

Melbourne to Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Private Tour

8. Melbourne to Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Private Tour

Experience the charm and beauty of Melbourne's iconic Puffing Billy Steam Train and indulge in the picturesque landscapes of the renowned Yarra Valley with Melbourne Limolink's private tour. This full-day adventure offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and gastronomy, making it an ideal escape for families, friends, and couples seeking a memorable day out. Puffing Billy Steam Train: Step back in time as you embark aboard the legendary Puffing Billy Steam Train. Originally built to serve the region's early 20th-century communities, this vintage train now takes visitors on a nostalgic ride through the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy the open-air carriages, feel the gentle breeze, and take in the breathtaking views of fern gullies and towering mountain ash trees along the historic route. Yarra Valley Wine Region: It's time to explore the world-famous Yarra Valley upon departing the Puffing Billy. This premier wine region is renowned for its cool-climate wines and picturesque vineyards. Visit select boutique wineries and cellar doors to indulge in wine tastings, guided by expert sommeliers who will share their knowledge and passion for the art of winemaking. Melbourne Limolink's Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Experience promises an unforgettable day immersed in the beauty of nature, the allure of history, and the delight of gourmet experiences. Soak in the sights and flavors of this remarkable region with your loved ones, guided by a team dedicated to delivering the finest in comfort, luxury, and hospitality. Don't miss the chance to create lasting memories on this exceptional tour that showcases the best of Melbourne's natural and culinary wonders. Book your journey today and prepare for an adventure like no other.

From Melbourne: Fruit-Picking & Puffing Billy 1-Day Tour

9. From Melbourne: Fruit-Picking & Puffing Billy 1-Day Tour

Main Attractions: Puffing Billy Steam Train Rayner’s Orchard Tour Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery Itinerary: The first stop on the trip is the Puffing Billy Steam Train. The Puffing Billy is Australia's oldest steam railway. The architecture of the station follows the style of a small British rural station, passes through the primitive forest park, and shuttles through the verdant Dandenong Ranges, with lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, giving visitors a sense of tranquility and beauty. Continue to the Rayner’s Orchard. Rayner’s Orchard is a unique boutique orchard located in the beautiful Yarra Valley. They grow 450 varieties of fruit, including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, figs, pepino, feijoa, guava, kiwi fruit, dutch medlar and various citrus throughout winter. Rayner’s Orchard has at least 8 varieties of fruit ready for picking every day of the year. When you join the Tractor tour at Rayner’s Orchard,there will be multiple stops during the tour where you can hop off the tractor, pick and eat as many fruits as you wish.Extra U-Pick Fruits to take away is $6 per kilo(at your own expense). The last stop will be Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.Enjoy abundant free chocolate tastings.Watch the European Chocolatiers hand craft over 400 different chocolate products.Relax in the all day Café serving breakfast, lunch and specialising in decadent sweet treats. When tastings are done, let the children run and play in expansive lawns, gardens, orchard and wetlands. (Tour departure and end time,according to Puffing Billy train schedule.) (The itinerary sequence and play time may be adjusted due to weather, traffic and other objective factors on the day)

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What people are saying about Dandenong Ranges

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 128 reviews

It was an excellent day out Peter the tour guide was on time picking us up, very informative and great fun. Puffing billys was excellent what a way to travel by train hanging your legs out the carriage. Healesville sanctury was good too and then stopped off for chocolate and ice cream at the chocolatier on the way back. Only improvements I would say is need a new tour bus and slightly longer at the train station when you get off the other end.

I had the best time! The whole day was so much fun! The tour Guide (Pete/Peter - sorry I’ve forgotten his name) was so lovely. The train ride was so much fun and the sanctuary was lovely (definitely go to the bird show at 3pm) and the ice cream at the Chocolaterie was delicious. So happy I booked this trip.

Our driver, Adrian, was entertaining and full of information and useful tips. Our family with teenagers and young kids enjoyed the tour very much. Not too long. Not too short. The places were all awesome!

The whole group had so much fun. The guide was very entertaining and such a helpful person. It was a great day!

Great trip on train and then Healesville Sanctuary complimented with an excellent Driver commentary by Peter