Half Day Puffing Billy Tour & Dandenong Forest

Puffing Billy Tour

Journey to the stunning Dandenong Ranges and experience the wonders of the ½ Day Puffing Billy tour. 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. See and photograph the native birds before you head to the heart of the Sherbrooke forest to journey aboard the Puffing Billy. Once on, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings as the steam train winds its way through the lush forest. Finish off the day visiting the delightfully quirky town of Sassafras.

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“We did the half day puffing billy tour. Our driver guide Peter was excellent very knowledgeable about the area loves the area and was great with the travellers. Morning tea was delicious the train ride fun and enjoyed Sassafras.” – Suzanne T

 

Puffing Billy Tour Highlights

  • Visit The Dandenong Ranges
  • Devonshire Tea at Grants on Sherbrooke
  • Photograph Australian Native Birds
  • Ride the Historic Puffing Billy Steam Train
  • Explore the characterful town of Sassafras

**This tour is operated in partnership with AAT Kings. Please note this tour price does not include lunch.

 

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by Sally Thomas on Wildlife Tours Australia
Fantastic experience

We had limited time in Melbourne and wanted a short excursion from Melbourne so we chose Puffing Billy and we were not disappointed. Stunning forests, lovely morning tea & loved the cute town of Sassafras.

Itinerary

  • Why A half day tour?

    Setting off in the Morning and returning to Melbourne by 1pm this half day tur allows you to experience the historic train ride and enjoy an escape from the city without loosing time for your afternoons activities.

  • Puffing Billy Tour | Devonshire Tea at Grants on Sherbrooke

    In a large comfortable coach, we drive for just under an hour and you will soon notice the fresh air of the cool temperate Rainforest as we head towards our first stop Grants on Sherbrooke.

    Here we are treated to delicious homemade scones with cream and jam while surrounded by a plethora of Australian native birds. Relax to the sounds of the bush and the bird 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 we then depart for the short drive to the beginning of our Puffing Billy adventure! We start the journey at Belgrave where you will board the iconic steam train.

     

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    Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea.

  • Puffing Billy Tour | Ride the Puffing Billy 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 we are all comfortable and ready to ride, it’s off and away through the lush green rainforest as we 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 you 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.

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  • Puffing Billy Tour | Explore the town of Sassafras

    After alighting the train at Menzies Creek we 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 speciality 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 speciality shops stocking hundreds of flavours from across the world!

    Once you have delighted in these local crafts then we take the short trip back into the city, arriving back into Melbourne around 1pm, you can hop out in Federation Square ready to spend an afternoon in the worlds most liveable city!

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    Visit the delightfully quirky town of Sassafras.

Details

  • What's Included?

    • Puffing Billy Historic Stream train ride
    • Morning Tea and Snacks
    • Free WIFI on large coach vehicles
    • Experienced Driver/Guide with commentary
  • Pricing & Package Deal Discounts

    A) $120 Adults, $95 Child (0-12yrs)
    B) Book any other tour and save $10 off second tour, or receive a free Eureka Skydeck entry

    ** One discount offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer

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Fantastic experience

We had limited time in Melbourne and wanted a short excursion from Melbourne so we chose Puffing Billy and we were not disappointed. Stunning forests, lovely morning tea & loved the cute town of Sassafras.

LocationsTime
Travelodge Docklands
66 AURORA LANE, DOCKLANDS
7:05am
Atlantis Hotel
300 SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE
7:15am
Sofitel On Collins
25 COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE
7:15am
Langham Hotel
1 SOUTHGATE AVENUE, SOUTHBANK
7:10am
Windsor Hotel
111 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE
7:20am
Vibe Savoy
630 LITTLE COLLINS ST (stand on corner), MELBOURNE
7:10am
Radisson on Flagstaff
380 WILLIAM ST, MELBOURNE
7:15am
Holiday Inn
575 FLINDERS LANE, CNR SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE
7:30am
Crown Promenade
8 WHITEMAN ST, SOUTHBANK
7:15am
Ibis on Therry
15 THERRY STREET, MELBOURNE
7:30am
Mercure Welcome
265 LT. BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE
7:35am
Mantra on Russell
222 RUSSELL ST, MELBOURNE
7:40am
Federation Square East (behind MCG side)
CNR RUSSELL COURT & FLINDERS ST, MELBOURNE
7:45am

* If you cannot find your desired pickup location, please contact our office for a more exhaustive list of locations.* It is strongly recommended that you arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure time. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, then contact our office on 03 9393 1300

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