Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Tour
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Morning journey on the historical steam train traversing through lush Victorian rainforest, discover the beautiful fern forest and local flora. Enjoy a delicious brunch at one of the magnificent Yarra Valley wineries and indulge in sweets and gelato from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
Then visit Australian animals at Healesville Sanctuary, watch koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, platypus at close distance, let kids experience the life of a veterinarian at the wildlife hospital.
Enjoy fun outdoors activities on Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary day tour.
- Puffing Billy Steam Railway
- Healesville or Yarra Valley winery for lunch
- Wine tasting at Yarra Valley wineries (optional)
- Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Hotel Transfers
- Friendly Guide
- Bottled Water
- Child Safety Chair (if required)
- Heaps of Fun
- Car Park
- Toll Fee
Guide will greet you at the hotel in the morning. Upon return to Melbourne, you can choose to be transferred to either hotel or any restaurant within CBD
for 8 seater Mercedes
(Suitable for 1 to 7 passengers)
for 12 seater Mercedes
(Suitable for 8 to 11 passengers)
In the morning, our tour guide will greet you at the hotel.
Travel easterly from Melbourne, Puffing Billy is about an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD. Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary day tour is a perfect family getaway which packs the highlights of Mt Dandenong and Yarra Valley.
Puffing Billy Steam Train
Puffing Billy Steam Railway traverses through the lush rainforest of Dandenong Ranges National Park. The trains were first operated in 1900 for the transportation of local agriculture and logging products. The railway consists of five stations, namely Belgrave, Menzies Creek, Emerald, Lakeside and Gembrook. A complete journey would take approximately 2 hours, 25 minutes of journey between each two stations on average. Despite the conundrum caused by the landslide in 1953, the railway’s gradually re-opened sections of its track over the years, thanks to the Victorian State Government and its Preservation Society. This has seen Puffing Billy gaining tremendous popularity with families all around the world. The steam trains kept their original steam engines dated back 1912, they slowly traverse through the lush Dandenong Ranges fern forest, experience the fragrance from the local flora and fern trees while enjoy the stunning scenery along the historic railway.
Puffing Billy Steam Train tickets:
One hour from Belgrave to Lakeside: AUD $ 36 adult / AUD $18 child (4-15 years old).
Yarra Valley Wineries
Yarra Valley Wine Tasting
Yarra Valley is one of the major wine producing regions in Australia. Its superior natural location, coupled with year-round cool climate and generous precipitation have made it home to more than 100 wineries, range from family-run wineries span across multiple generations to internationally renowned vineyards, Yarra Valley is best known for its Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Domaine Chandon is one of the most famous wineries in Yarra Valley, it has an alluring vineyard inspired by French horticulture, the French-concepted winery first opened in 1986 and belongs to the prestigious Moet & Chandon family. Domaine Chandon is best known for its sparkling wines. The magnificent vineyard, with its endless rows of grapevines and the still lake in the backdrop, making Domaine Chandon one of the most Instagrammable spots in Yarra Valley. .
Domaine Chandon has a tasting fee of $12, $6 discount applies on any purchase to partially offset your tasting fee.
Oakridge was nominated as Australia’s best winery in 2012 by “The Age”, the term “Oakridge” originates from a ridge of oak trees planted at the front of the vineyard. At the cellar door, enjoy the panoramic views of the expansive vineyard while the aroma from wine waking up in your mouth.
Enjoy A Delicious Lunch
Yarra Valley Cuisine
Yarra Valley is a gourmet paradise, many wineries have their own restaurants onsite, serving mostly modern Australian and Italian dishes, our guide will recommend restaurants based on your dietary preference. Savour the delicious food with fresh ingredients sourced directly from the valley.
Meletos is best-known for its wood-fired pizzas, the restaurant makes incredible pizzas topped with fresh and organic ingredients sourced within Yarra Valley, it also serves various entrees and mains, making it one of the best choices for lunch.
Healesville and Emerald
There are also a number of great restaurants and brunch places in Healesville and Emerald, our friendly guide can recommend to you if interested.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Looking for the best dessert in Yarra Valley after a satisfying lunch? Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery makes a wide variety of chocolates, from exquisite handmade chocolates of different flavours to meter-long gigantic chocolate bars. If you like Easter chocolate eggs, you can find them here all year round. The chocolaterie frequently introduces new products with free tasting, the premium range includes chocolates made of cocoa imported from exotic locations, such as: Venezuela and Ghana, chocolate truffles and more; you also get to see how sweets are made through the delicate chocolate crafting process onsite. Whereas the ice-creamery serves quality gelatos made in-house.
The chocolaterie features a gorgeous lawn that is great for relaxation and outdoors activities, kids love to run on the grass and kick a soccer ball with friends and family. Visitors will also be delighted by the beautiful scenery of endless green pasture and rolling hills in the distance.
Healesville Sanctuary is a wildlife park located in Healesville, right on the edge of Yarra Valley. It is home to many native and endangered Australian animals, range from mammals, reptiles, birds and nocturnal living creatures. At Healesville Sanctuary, get up close to cute wallabies and kangaroos, watch adorable koalas nibbling away at eucalyptus leaves; observe echidnas (also known as Spiny Anteater) crawling on the topsoil and sluggishly finding its mid-day snack; learn about the world’s 2nd largest living bird after ostrich – Emu and spot platypus swimming swiftly across the water. The footpaths within the zoo are shaded by dense gum trees and vegetations, it’s ideal for a good afternoon walk.
Healesville Sanctuary admission tickets:
Adult AUD $38 / Children (4-15 years old) AUD$ 19.
Free entry for children on weekends & public holidays.
ADDITIONAL TOUR OPTIONS:
Warratina Lavender Farm
Originally a cherry farm, the former owner’s passion for lavender has transformed it into a heavenly lavender garden, with over 10,000 lavender plants.
Take a stroll in the lavender field, breathe in the fragrance from the lavender plants while admire their fleeting beauty. In addition, the cafe also serves delectable lavender-flavoured ice cream and scones.
The best time for viewing is between end of November and end of January.
The verdant pasture in Yarra Valley is ideal for dairy producers. With constant supply of rich and fine quality milk, Yarra Valley Dairy makes exceptional farmhouse cheeses. There is a wide selection of cheeses available free for sampling, e.g. Gouda, Brie, Blue Cheese, Cheddar, marinated cheese etc. The dairy shop also sells quality local farm products, such as: olive oil and jams.
Skyhigh Mt Dandenong has multiple viewing platforms, provide visitors with panoramic views over metropolitan Melbourne and Dandenong Ranges. The Giants Chair can sit up to 5 adults at the same time and is great for family pictures. Children can try their luck in the Skyhigh Maze and Gardens.
Gifted with fertile land and generous precipitation, Yarra Valley and its surrounds are home to numerous orchards and berry farms. From late November to early January, the sweet and juicy Victorian cherries attract large crowds of visitors, roll up your sleeves and pick your own fruits! In addition, blueberry, strawberry and boysenberry are also available for picking,
1) Rayner’s Orchard has up to 450 different types of fruits, including peaches, plums, apricots, kiwis, lemons, citrus and many more. The orchard offers one-hour Tractor Tour, visitors can explore the entire orchard on tractor accompanied by its experienced staff. There are generally 8-12 types of fruits available for picking at any time of the year. The fruits you pick will be weighed and purchased at the end of tour.
Tractor Tour cost: $ 29.50 for adults / $ 25 for children over 5 years old
2) Blue Hill Cherries & Berries
The sweet and juicy Victorian cherries and strawberries become ripe for picking around end of November, the picking window lasts till mid January for cherries and March for strawberries.
Blue Hill is a major cherry and strawberry farm with proximity to Yarra Valley, the farm also produces rare varieties, such as: raspberries, blackberries, Boysenberries, Youngberries and Loganberries.
Cherries Farm admission: Adult AUD $12 / Children (3-14 years) AUD $6
Strawberry Farm admission: Adult AUD $13 (include 500g of mixed berries) /Children (3-14 yrs old) AUD $6.50 (include 250g of mixed berries)
Cherries are sold for AUD $12 per kg. (berry prices may vary each year)
Additional Tour Description
Yarra Valley is a famous wine producing region located 45 km northeast of Melbourne CBD, named after Yarra River which flows across the valley. Its cool climate has made it ideal for wine making, as a result, a thriving wine sector has been established with more than 100 wineries. Yarra Valley offers a wide varieties of wine to match your palate. The region is well-known for sauvignon blanc, sparkling wine, chardonnay and pinot noir. In addition, Yarra Valley provides a range of fun outdoors activities, such as: Healesville Sanctuary, The Big Bouquet – alpaca farm, mountain hiking and more.
Mount Dandenong is a national park located 35 km east of Melbourne CBD, it is a popular weekend getaway for locals thanks to its lush rainforest and mountainous terrain, and the best way to see it all is a journey on the historical Puffing Billy steam train. There are a number of gorgeous gardens on the mountain, the most famous ones are National Rhododendron Gardens and William Ricketts Sanctuary, supplemented with beautiful orchards and berry farms, making Mt Dandenong one of the favourite holiday destinations near Melbourne.
Sweet & Personal
A Petite Tour creates fun and memorable travel experience by providing quality tour services! Every trip is bespoke to what you would like to see and do. With flexible itinerary and attention for detail, we want to create happy moments for more families, a trip that is right for everyone!
Our guides are friendly and fun, tap into our expansive knowledge about Australia and travel, tailor an unforgettable travel experience. English, Mandarin & Cantonese tour service are available.
Comfort & Convenience
Travel in comfort and style, Mercedes Benz luxury vehicles , free hotel & airport transfers on full-day tour. Ticket pre-booking to secure your spot in advance, restaurant recommendations and more!
Organise a holiday for a big group is hard-work, we do our best to help, no overtime surcharge or compulsory tips, bottled water, child safety chairs/wheelchair, umbrellas and more. You can count on us!