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  4. Puffing Billy Railway

Melbourne: Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife

Product ID: 37195
Discover the beautiful Yarra Valley on this 9-hour tour from Melbourne. See the Dandenong Ranges, explore Sherbrooke Forest, enjoy an Aussie morning tea, ride the Puffing Billy Steam Train, and encounter the wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary.
About this activity
Duration: 9.1 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pick-up at hotels in Melbourne CBD
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea
  • Hand-feed native Australian birdlife
  • Ride the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train
  • Get up-close to koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and more
Full description
Relax and enjoy the great scenery of lush ferns and dense forests of the nearby Dandenong Ranges on this full-day tour from Melbourne. En route you visit the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest, home to lyrebirds, crimson rosella, cockatoos, and kookaburras. Here you can look out for these native birds.

Enjoy the picturesque mountain villages scattered along the way and the spectacular views of Melbourne's skyline. Enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea. Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train for a memorable journey on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway. 

Next, take a short transfer to your afternoon venue: the award-winning Healesville Sanctuary. Here your guide will escort you among Australia's unique birds and animals in the natural bush land setting of the sanctuary, Australia's premier wildlife and nature sanctuary which is home to over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Get up close to koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, cockatoos, parrots, and other wildlife and see the amazing and exciting demonstration of eagles flying within the sanctuary. See the renowned nocturnal house with the shy platypus and stroll through large aviaries and pond areas.
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train ride
  • Entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Driver/Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in air-conditioned coach
  • Traditional Devonshire tea
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Melbourne hotels

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
It is recommended to bring/wear:
Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, camera, and a jacket in the cooler months.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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Fun day! Train ride was fantastic tho a bit short which was ok with me. Our driver from AAT King (Steve) was friendly and knowledgeable about everything we were seeing. The second half of my day was spent at Healesville Sanctuary. A bit of walking and our pace was a bit quick due to tour time constraints but well worth the trip! Alitalia, our guide, was fabulous.

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January 18, 2020


I liked The Morning Tea stop, at a Nice Place. The train trip was maybe a little bit to short, but Very Nice.I loved the Wild Park.But I could skip The Bird Show, and get closer to the animals.Maybe take pictures with them.Watch them get feeded. I had a GREAT Day! with a nice / good guidein The Park.

March 26, 2019

The description of the activity was misleading. The Puffing Billy was an interesting part of Melbournes rich history, but it took way too much time in the overall tour. It left us with only about three and a half hours at the Sanctuary, with one of those hours being set aside for lunch. When we got there, we were told not to order a hot lunch because we didn’t have much time. If that were the case, I wish they would have let us know before booking so that I didn’t feel the need to rush my lunch or so that I could have planned accordingly. I thought the package I bought included up close up encounters, as that was how it was described in the paragraph about what we would experiemce. While the Sanctuary was lovely I was really looking forward to an opportunity to feed the creatures. I was very disappointed to learn that was not part of the package. Our Sanctuary guide was very nice but didn’t tell us more than we could have read on our own. Overall, for what we paid, I expected more.

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December 28, 2019

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AAT Kings

Product ID: 37195