Meet Australia's most iconic wildlife species and take a ride on a much-loved, fully restored steam train through the stunning Dandenong Ranges on this popular tour. These are two of Melbourne's signature experiences and are not to be missed!

$159pp

Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne
Runs: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Departs at: 8.30am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

4.5 stars

Featured guest review:

‘We did the Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary tour. Both were amazing. The train ride through the rainforest was a great experience, and Healesville Sanctuary was fantastic. We got to play with wallabies, watch a bird show, and see an operation in progress in the animal hospital. Our driver was a great guide and told us all about the surrounding areas as we travelled. I would highly recommend this tour.’ Les

Tour highlights

  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary and hand-feed native Australian wildlife, including wallabies, kangaroos and emus
  • Watch Healsville’s famous ‘Spirit of the Sky’ birds of prey show and other wildlife presentations
  • Step back in time with a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Visit beautiful Emerald Lake and its historic railway station
  • Maximum group size: 24.

What's included

  • Guided group tour with commentary
  • Selected CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.

Pricing

Adults: AUD $159pp
Children (4 to 12 years): AUD $129pp

This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

What you can expect

Hotel pick-ups completed, this Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne gets underway with a leisurely drive through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to the spectacular Dandenong Ranges — renowned for their forest-clad peaks, lush pockets of rainforest, quaint towns and amazing wildlife viewing opportunities.

Your first stop will be the acclaimed Healesville Sanctuary, where you can spend time viewing the many iconic Aussie wildlife species that call the sanctuary home. Learn about Healesville Sanctuary’s research efforts to sustain endangered species, and how it treats thousands of sick and injured native animals every year. [More]

You’ll explore the sanctuary’s specialist precincts at your own pace, including Animals of the Night, Dingo Country, Koala Forest and the Land of Parrots. The Tasmanian devil enclosure is always popular. Meet wombats, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, emus and even the highly elusive platypus.

On this Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne you’ll also have the opportunity to watch some fascinating presentations — including the acclaimed ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show.

Next, it’s time to board the iconic, century-old Puffing Billy steam train in Belgrave for a 45-minute ride through beautiful Sherbrooke Forest and across the famous Trestle Bridge. You’ll also enjoy magical views of Emerald Lake and explore its historic railway station. This experience really is a chance to step back in time!

This Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne returns to the CBD by late afternoon to one central point, which is within easy walking distance of most CBD hotels. Public transport is also easily accessible.

Please note: This tour may run in reverse for operational reasons.

Guest reviews

  • LesG12665 (12/6/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    We did the Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary tour. Both were amazing. The tea and scones we were served before heading out was great. The wild birds we got to feed was an amazing experience. The train ride through the rainforest was also a great experience. Healesville Sanctuary was fantastic. We got to play with wallabies, watch a bird show, and see an operation in progress in the animal hospital. It was a very eventful day. Our driver for the tour was a great guide and told us all about the surrounding areas as we travelled. I would highly recommend this tour if you have a day to spare.

  • Rachel B (21/4/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Had such a great time! Bus tours aren’t really my thing, but this was great and easy. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the plants and animals we encountered, and made it easy for all of us. The sanctuary itself is really neat. I’m not the biggest fans of zoos (they make me sad) but this was cool getting to see the animals roam around. The kangaroos just jumping in the footpath is pretty amazing! The train was wonderful, as it puffs along basically a rainforest. It was raining when we went, which was lovely and perfect. Would recommend this for anyone who wants to see cool sights without the normal bus tour vibe.

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This tour offers guest pick-up from selected CBD hotels and 570 Flinders Street, which is easily accessible by public transport from outside the CBD. Guests will be dropped off at one central CBD location at the end of the tour.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear. Most of this experience takes place outdoors.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.