Puffing Billy Railway

Relive history aboard Australia’s favorite steam train, offering fantastic forest views from the Dandenong Ranges.

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Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

1. Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

Climb aboard the centuries-old steam train Puffing Billy and enjoy the ride through lush fern gullies and Eucalyptus forests. Lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers, this historic steam train still runs on its original mountain track, winding through the Dandenong Ranges. Next, head down to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see a range of Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of Australia's lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Hand feed some of the friendly local kangaroos and wallabies on the "Wallaby Walk". Arriving on Phillip Island, your first stop is the picturesque Point Grant, which offers incredible panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a gentle boardwalk around the Nobbies and Seal Rocks area. Finally, cap it all off with a visit to the world famous Penguin Parade to see the world's smallest penguins waddle up the beach before your eyes, making their way back home to their burrows higher up in the sand dunes.

Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

2. Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

Drive from your central accommodation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi to the world-famous Puffing Billy steam train. Ride Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. Enjoy this iconic steam train ride through the glorious Dandenong Ranges, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria. Enjoy morning tea at the scenic Emerald Lake then take a leisurely walk around the park. Then, explore the Healesville Sanctuary where you can wander around, observing native animals like koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take a seat at the animal education lessons and live shows. You can also purchase lunch here. Finish the tour with a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where you can sample complimentary chocolates. Return back to your accommodation in central Melbourne.

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What people are saying about Puffing Billy Railway

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 115 reviews

An unforgettable and wonderful experience! The organization was very professional and always updating on every single detail. The van was truly comfortable. Our tour guide Matt was very informative, professional and always trying to fit all our needs during the trip, paying attention to all the details and explaining throughout all the places we went past an interesting description. Believe me when I say that this tour is good value for the money! Beautiful landscapes and personalised attention, you won't be disappointed.

Fantastic day out and great value for money. Our guide (Corinne) was really nice and I'd highly recommend this package to anyone looking for an enjoyable full day out.