‘This amazing tour combines two of Melbourne’s signature experiences — a ride on the fully restored Victorian-era Puffing Billy steam train in the lush Dandenong Ranges, and a wine tour to the renowned Yarra Valley. Wine tastings are included, as is a sumptuous Devonshire tea in the Dandenongs. What a great way to spend a day!’
- Take in the majestic Mountain Ash forests and fern-clad slopes of the Dandenong Ranges
- Enjoy a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train
- Indulge in a traditional Devonshire tea of warm homemade scones served with jam and cream
- Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s stunning native birds
- Journey through Victoria’s premium wine growing region — the Yarra Valley
- Visit three amazing wineries (including famous Rochford Wines) and taste a range of their finest drops.
- Guided tour with commentary
- CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Comfortable air-conditioned transport
- Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
- Ride on Puffing Billy steam train
- Morning tea and snacks
- Wine tastings at three Yarra Valley wineries.
Adults: AUD $175pp
Children (0 to 12 years): AUD $110pp
What you can expect
This Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne is a fabulous opportunity to see two of regional Victoria’s most spectacular natural landscapes — the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley — in one superb day out. No visit to the Dandenongs would be complete without a ride on Puffing Billy — the restored vintage steam train that’s been thrilling visitors of all ages for decades. In the afternoon, wine lovers of all levels will enjoy ‘grape grazing’ at some of the Yarra Valley’s top cellar doors.
You’ll be picked up from your CBD accommodation or Federation Square, before heading east from the city towards the Dandenong Ranges. The drive takes around an hour, depending on traffic. You’ll journey through magnificent forests of Mountain Ash (the tallest flowing plant in the world), and quaint towns and villages. [More]
Your first stop on this Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Winery Tour is the picturesque Grant’s Picnic Ground — a wildlife-rich area within the Sherbourne Forest. After a short walk through the tranquil bushland, you’ll enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea of homemade scones, jam and cream. You’ll also have the chance to hand feed some of the local parrots and rosellas.
No visit to the Dandenong Ranges would be complete without a ride on Puffing Billy, and that’s where you are headed next. The iconic steam train travels between Belgrave and Gembrook, and the journey is an opportunity to travel back in time to a more leisurely era. It’s also a chance to immerse yourself in the temperate rainforest of the Dandenongs. Sit back, relax and enjoy as you pass through the lush landscape.
The Puffing Billy railway came into service at the turn of the 20th century as part of a drive to develop rural parts of Victoria. Today the service is one of the state’s premier tourist attractions, and one that appeals to all ages.
After a magical morning, your next port of call is the fabulous Yarra Valley — just over an hour’s drive north of the Dandenongs. You’ll enjoy stunning scenery throughout the trip as the mountain vistas gradually give way to rolling green hills dotted with picturesque vineyards.
Your first stop in the valley is renowned Rochford Wines. Here you’ll have the chance to purchase lunch (own expense) and sample their range of delicate pinots, zesty chardonnays and several other varietals during a guided wine tasting. Make sure you climb the spiral staircase to the viewing tower for sweeping views across the property. Take your camera!
The tour includes visits to another two of the Yarra Valley’s leading wineries. Estates regularly visited on this Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Winery Tour include Dominique Portet, Domaine Chandon and De Bortoli Wines. Whichever cellar doors you visit, you’re guaranteed that the experiences will be memorable ones – complete with award-winning wines and more magnificent views.
Relax on the leisurely afternoon journey back to Melbourne. You’ll arrive at your point of departure at around 5.30pm – just in time to head out and enjoy the city’s fabulous dining scene. Your newfound wine knowledge will come in very handy!
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