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Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne provided by AAT Kings

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays/wipes are available for guest distribution. Group sizes will be continuously reviewed to align with government recommended protocols.
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Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Australia’s Dandenong Ranges offer stunning landscapes and ample wildlife-watching opportunities right in Melbourne’s backyard. This tour combines two of the region’s most popular attractions—a scenic ride on the historic Puffing Billy steam train and a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary to see kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, and other native wildlife.
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  • 1
    Grants on Sherbrooke
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Puffing Billy Railway
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Healesville Sanctuary
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Ride Australia’s oldest preserved steam train, the Puffing Billy
  • Guided tour: visit the best Dandenong viewpoints with a local guide
  • See koalas, kangaroos, and other native wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transportation by bus
What to Expect
Your tour begins with an early-morning pickup from your central Melbourne hotel. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, set out on the journey into the Dandenong Ranges and soak up the scenery as you climb through lovely mountain valleys. Along the way, make a stop at the Grants Reserve Café, where you are served morning tea (own expense). Before hopping back on the bus, take a moment to admire the views, and to look for cockatoos and rosellas in the surrounding forest. Continue to Belgrave, the starting point for the Puffing Billy—Australia’s oldest steam train and one of the world’s finest preserved steam railways. Once onboard, set out on a thrilling train ride, following the historic railway route through the heart of the Sherbrooke Forest and enjoying spectacular views across the lush mountain valleys. After your memorable train ride, head to the Healesville Sanctuary, where you can purchase lunch (not included) before exploring the nature reserve. During your visit, see kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies, and spot some of Australia’s more elusive creatures, such as echidnas, platypuses, and Tasmanian devils. Finally, set out on the return journey to Melbourne, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Duration
9h
Inclusions
  • Experienced local driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Super comfortable luxury coach including: free wifi, in-seat USB, air conditioning
  • Pickup and dropoff for select Melbourne hotels. These appear in a dropdown box when booking
  • Ticket for the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride (from Belgrave to Menzies Creek)
  • Enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of scones, served warm with jam, cream, and tea or coffee
  • Entry to Healesville Wildlife Park
  • Get up close and personal with some of Australia's most well known animals
  • Entry/Admission - Grants on Sherbrooke
  • Entry/Admission - Puffing Billy Railway
  • Entry/Admission - Healesville Sanctuary
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please call prior to booking regarding wheelchair accessibility
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Wally R wrote a review Mar. 2020
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From the first stop with tea, the walk in the woods, wild cockatoos, parrots, wallabies, ..... then train, wine and lunch, sanctuary. So many memories. Big shout to James, our entertaining guide
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded Mar. 17, 2020
Hello 339wallyr, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your day trip. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the tour to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. We hope to see you again sometime
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Jesica wrote a review Mar. 2020
Indonesia6 contributions4 helpful votes
Did the one-day tour early this month to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. Our experience was smooth and enjoyable. Also, shoutout to Liam, our guide, who made the whole journey felt so pleasant! Highly recommend AAT Kings! Thank you.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded Mar. 16, 2020
Hi There 587jesip, Thanks for leaving us a review about our Puffing Billy and Healesville Tour We are glad to hear you enjoyed your day, and we will be sure to pass on your Kudos to Liam. Hopefully we will see you again sometime :)
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Rheea B wrote a review Mar. 2020
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Amazing experience!! Kudos to our tour driver, Liem who made the whole journey sooo amazing and fascinating with his abundance knowledge. Would highly recommend for a pleasant trip to enjoy a good time in Melbourne
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded Mar. 9, 2020
Hello RheeaB, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you had an enjoyable day to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary with our guide Liam. We believe we have the best guides in the tourism business, we will be sure to pass on your kind words. Travel safely,
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Matt D wrote a review Mar. 2020
Te Awamutu, New Zealand1 contribution
We joined the puffing billy/winery day tour early March this year. Adrian was our guide. Fantastic commentary of Melbourne and surrounding areas. First class! Thank you!
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded Mar. 9, 2020
Hello 484MattD, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you had an enjoyable day to Puffing Billy and Wineries Tour with our guide Adie. We believe we have the best guides in the tourism business, we will be sure to pass on your kind words. Travel safely,
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Alan K wrote a review Feb. 2020
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I have just returned from this tour. What can I say?! I am truly speechless at what a fantastic day this was such fabulous value for money. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. So well organised you always knew the plan and where to be. Coach driver and guide Roger was
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Responded Feb. 2, 2020
Hello alankQ2528EY, We loved reading your review and seeing how much fun you experienced. We will be sure to pass on your high regards to both Roger about Healesville volunteer Patricia. This is such a lovely read, we hope other find your review inspiring also. Be sure to hit us up again if you move to Australia :)
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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