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  2. Victoria (State)
  3. Melbourne
  4. Puffing Billy Railway

From Melbourne: Dandenong Morning Tour & Puffing Billy Train

Product ID: 203488
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Be captivated by the towering Mountain Ash trees and breath in the fresh air as you head into Grant on Sherbrooke to indulge in their beautiful Devonshire tea and scones. Enjoy a steam train ride on Puffing Billy before returning to Melbourne.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Travel to the Dandenong Ranges visiting Grants Picnic Ground for Devonshire tea
  • See beautiful fern gullies, tall eucalyptus trees, and mountainous views
  • Ride the heritage colonial steam train Puffing Billy through the Dandenong's green wonderland
Full description
In a large comfortable coach, drive for just under an hour and you will soon notice the fresh air of the cool temperate Rainforest as you head towards your first stop Grants on Sherbrooke. Here, you are treated to delicious homemade scones with cream and jam while surrounded by a plethora of Australian native birds. Relax while listening to the sounds of the bush and the bird's song and have your camera ready for up close photo opportunities as you look out for Rosellas, Cockatoos, King Parrots, and be sure to listen out for the elusive Lyrebird.

After the treat of morning tea, then depart for the short drive to the beginning of your Puffing Billy adventure. Start the journey at Belgrave where you will board the iconic steam train. At the locomotive depo, you will be given the chance to understand the workings of the historic and immaculately preserved train, with friendly conductors waiting to show you aboard and answer any questions.

Once you are comfortable and ready to ride, it’s off and away through the lush green rainforest as you puff through the trees, taking in the fresh air and scenery. Be ready to wave at passers-by as locals and visitors alike love the site of the Puffing Billy Train chugging along the tracks as you weave through Sherbrooke forest, still keeping your eyes out for the wildlife in this pocket of natural bushland, you may be lucky enough to see a wallaby hopping through the bush. You will feel like you are a million miles away from the city.

One of the most fun parts of the ride is as the train crosses the old Tressle Bridge, a great section to take a video to remember this fantastic adventure. Soon the train will be pulling into Menzies Creek, but not before you start to catch views of Port Phillip Bay up ahead. After alighting the train at Menzies Creek, say goodbye to this icon of Victorian History and pop into the township of Sassafras to check out the many independent shops, cafes, and galleries. If you are looking for a unique gift to take back home then Sassafras is your place, with a range of artistic specialty shops which sell hand-picked and hand-crafted quality items, from wooden toys to potted flowers and fragrant candles.

Sassafras is also a tea lovers heaven with specialty shops stocking hundreds of flavors from across the world. Once you have delighted in these local crafts then take the short trip back into the city, arriving back into Melbourne around 1:00 PM, you can hop out in Federation Square ready to spend an afternoon in the worlds most liveable city.
Includes
  • Puffing Billy tour and Dandenong Forest
  • Steam Train fare from Belgrave to Menzies Creek
  • Devonshire tea and handmade scones
  • Modern air-conditioned coach vehicle
  • Professional driver/guide with commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Additional meals and snacks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Federation Square East at the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street, Melbourne.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• Please note this tour price does not include lunch
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 7 reviews
Review summary
Service
5.0/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.4/5
Safety
4.8/5

Organized by

Autopia Tours

Product ID: 203488