Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

This amazing Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne is a chance to experience three of Victoria’s top attractions in one amazing day out. Ride the nostalgic and ever-popular Puffing Billy steam train in the Dandenong Ranges, meet the furry and feathered locals at Healesville Sanctuary, and enjoy the stunning coastal vistas as you explore Phillip Island. Finally, take your seat for the world-famous Penguin Parade!

This tour is seasonal and operates from August to April.


☆ 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

☆ 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

☆ Experience the magic of the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

☆ Maximum group size: 24.


☆ Guided group tour with commentary

☆ Selected CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off

☆ Comfortable air-conditioned transport

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable local guide

☆ Ride on the Puffing Billy steam train

☆ Entry to Healesville Sanctuary

☆ General Viewing seating for the Phillip Island Penguin Parade (seating upgrades available).

What you can expect

This Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne is the quintessential Aussie experience! You’ll meet the locals at Healesville Sanctuary, enjoy a ride on Victoria’s famous historic steam train in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, and head to beautiful Phillip Island to watch the fabulous Penguin Parade. The tour packs a lot in, but the pace is friendly and relaxed.

You’ll head off from Melbourne in air conditioned comfort through the city’s leafy eastern suburbs. Your first stop will be Healesville Sanctuary, where you can spend time viewing the wildlife species that interest you most. Visit the sanctuary’s specialist precincts, 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.

You’ll also have the opportunity to watch some fascinating presentations, including the acclaimed ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show.

The next stop on this Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne is Belgrave, where you’ll board the iconic Puffing Billy steam train 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!

In the afternoon you’ll head for picturesque Phillip Island, which is also renowned for its amazing wildlife. You’ll enjoy a drive around the coastline and a visit to the Nobbies headland (time permitting), where you may see eagles, penguins, wallabies, seals, and even whales!

There’s a chance to purchase dinner (own expense) before you take your seat for the day’s grand finale – the fabulous Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins make their way from the ocean up the beach to their burrows in the dunes. This fascinating spectacle has been packing in the crowds for decades!

After the show, you’ll board the bus for the relaxed drive back to Melbourne and drop off at selected CBD hotels.

This Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne really does offer something for everyone – including history, wildlife, spectacular scenery and more. It’s a must-do!

Pricing, dates and bookings

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne
Runs: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (August to April)
Departs at: 8.30am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Please make your booking below. Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address.


Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

This tour operates with a minimum of six participants. Your booking may be on request initially (unless minimum numbers have already been reached). We should be able to confirm the tour within a day or two. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.

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 their CBD accommodation at the end of the tour.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear. You will be seated in the open air to watch the Penguin Parade.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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