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.
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!
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.
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.
› 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 following points at the time of booking the tour.
Melbourne Morning Tour Pick Ups
Adara East Melbourne 7.20
Adina Melbourne 7.30
Albert Heights Apartments 7.20
Aria Apartments Join at Crown Promenade
Batmans Hill Join at Holiday Inn on Flinders
Bayview Eden 7.10
Bayview on the Park 7.10
Causeway Inn Join at Novotel on Collins
Causeway 353 Join at Novotel on Collins
Clarion Gateway 7.30
Cosmopolitan Hotel 7.00
Crest on Barkly 7.05
Crossley Hotel Join at Rydges Melbourne Hotel
Crown Metropol 7.20
Crowne Plaza Melbourne 7.10
Crown Promenade 7.30
Crown Towers 7.35
Discovery Melbourne 7.20
Doubletree by Hilton Join at Melbourne Day Tour Centre
Downtowner on Lygon 7.10
George Powlett 7.15 Join at Adara East Melbourne
Grand Chancellor 7.35
Grand Hyatt (Russell Street) Join at Melbourne Day Tour
Grand Hotel Join at Holiday Inn on Flinders
Great Southern Join at Holiday Inn on Flinders
Hilton South Wharf 7.05
Holiday Inn on Flinders 7.25
Hotel Como 7.00
Ibis on Little Bourke Street - Join at King Street
Ibis on Therry Street 7.15
Ibis Styles The Victoria Hotel Join at Novotel Collins
Jasper Hotel Join at Ibis on Therry Street
Kingsgate Ibis Styles 7.15
King Street Backpackers 7.15
Langham Hotel Melbourne 7.25
Mantra on Jolimont Join at Pullman 7.10
Mantra on Little Bourke Join at Adina Melbourne
Mantra on Russell 7.35
Mantra on the Park 7.40
Mercure Grand on Swanston Join at Mantra on Russell
Mercure Treasury Gardens 7.35
Mercure Welcome Join at Mantra on Russell
Novotel on Collins 7.15
Novotel St Kilda 7.00
Park Hyatt 7.25
Pegasus Join at Radisson Flagstaff
Pensione Melbourne Join at Holiday Inn on Flinders
Princes Park Motor Inn 7.00
Pullman & Mercure Albert Park 7.10
Pullman on the Park 7.30
Punt Hill Manhattan Apartments Join at Sofitel (Collins
Quest East St Kilda 6.55
Quest on Lonsdale Join at Marriott
Quest on William Join at Adina Melbourne 7.30
Radisson Flagstaff 7.25
Rendezvous Melbourne 7.40
Richmond Hill 7.10
Rydges Melbourne 7.30
Rydges on Swanton 7.10
Sofitel (Collins Street) 7.35
Stamford Plaza 7.35
Travelodge Docklands - 7.00
Travelodge Southbank Join at Langham Hotel
Vibe Savoy - 7.10
Westin (Collins St Athenaeum Theatre) 7.20 - 12.55 2.25 4.05
YHA Metro 7.05