Puffing Billy with Blue Dandenong
- Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: L-22
- The Dandenongs
- Grant’s Reserve & Morning Tea (Aussie Bush Billy Tea, Lamington, Vegemite & Cracker)
- Handfeeding the Bird Life
- Puffing Billy Steam Train
- Morning Tea (1)
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- WiFi on the coach
This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun amidst some of the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. The journey will take you through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with views of the Dandenongs in the distance.
The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 35kms east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 630 metres and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafés offering delicious homemade produce.
Grant’s Reserve & Morning Tea
Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant’s Reserve – a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea, served in china tea cups – just a treat!
Handfeeding the Bird Life
Grant’s Reserve is a paradise for bird life and you’ll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Pink-chested Galah. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.
Puffing Billy Steam Train
Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30 minute ride through the heart of the rainforest. You’ll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!
From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You’ll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.BLUE DANDENONGS, STEAM TRAIN, QUAINT VILLAGES
› Be treated to a special Aussie morning tea in the beautiful Blue
Dandenong Ranges with our compliments
› Don't be surprised if the colourful and cheerful locals want to
join you ... there's plenty of birds to keep you company!
› Ride on Puffing Billy steam train through the best part of the
lush rainforest from Belgrave to Menzies Creek
› We'll then continue our scenic forest journey passing through
quaint mountain villages
› Spend time at charming Sassafras, one of our favourite villages!
› Browse along the main street, there's plenty to discover ...
› Old-world tea rooms, antique stores and specialty shops.
This tour departs from Melbourne Day Tour Centre, Federation Square East, corner Flinders & Russell Streets, Melbourne or your CBD hotel. In some instances, we may need to pick up from a nearby hotel if we cannot pick up directly from your accommodation due to restrictions beyond our control.
Pick Up Points: Please select one of the one of the pickup points at the time of booking the tour.