On this half-day tour you'll head east from Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges to experience the stunning scenery and quaint towns this region is renowned for. Enjoy a delicious Aussie-style morning tea and a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train.

AUD $102pp

Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 8.10am
Departs from: Selected Melbourne CBD hotels and Federation Square
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

⟶ All Melbourne scenic day tours

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Editor's summary:

‘Escape the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Dandenongs! Enjoy a nature walk at Grant’s Picnic Ground, a traditional Devonshire tea, the chance to hand feed parrots, and a ride on Puffing Billy — an activity that’s been cherished by Melburnians of all ages for decades.’

Tour highlights

  • Experience the natural beauty of the Dandenong Ranges
  • Indulge in a delicious Aussie-style morning tea with lamingtons
  • Hand feed parrots and other native birds
  • Enjoy a relaxed journey on the historic Puffing Billy steam train
  • Be back in Melbourne in time for lunch and an afternoon free for more sightseeing.

What's included

  • Guided group tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transport
  • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Puffing Billy steam train ride
  • Morning tea (lamingtons, tea and coffee).

Pricing

Adults: AUD $102pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $51pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four, however spare seats are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

What you can expect

This morning Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne is a very relaxed way to experience the beauty of the Dandenongs, located on the outskirts of Melbourne. You’ll be picked up from your CBD accommodation and head east from the city. The drive to the rolling mountain range takes around an hour, depending on traffic.

First stop on this Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne 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 Aussie-style morning tea of traditional lamingtons, tea and coffee. You’ll also have the chance to hand feed some of the local parrots and rosellas. [More]

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 of towering Mountain Ash trees and verdant fern groves.

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.

The remainder of this Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne encompasses a leisurely drive through quaint local towns and villages, with stops along the way to explore. You’ll arrive back in Melbourne at around 1pm. If you plan to head out for lunch, ask your guide for a restaurant recommendation!

Guest reviews

  • Jessicax896 (10/1/2019) – Via TripAdvisor

    The guide was friendly and informative. A bit of disappointed as I was expecting to be able to hang legs out of carriage and kick in the air, but was told we cannot do that any more. The train looks amazing, and the scenery is absolutely stunning.

  • IvorPerth (30/12/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    Tour included lamingtons with tea or coffee which was waiting for us when we arrived. Went on the train for half an hour which covered the most scenic part through the rain forrest. Pleasant morning spent.

  • Hazel F (12/11/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    Peter the tour guide was lovely....he tried hard but with a coach group of very mixed nationalities, it was hard to get his instructions across and many kept up private conversations during his commentary. One couple had to be chased up at every stop. The morning tea stop, whilst a pretty spot, was disappointing. Morning tea was just paper cups of tea on a picnic table. Milk and sugar, as per hotel supplies. Lamingtons....open the supermarket pack and help yourself. Very poorly presented. Train ride was lovely, through stunning scenery. A lot of the half day was spent driving through Melbourne suburbs but the Dandenong Ranges were well worth the visit.

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.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up 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 pick-up time.

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This tour operates in all weather conditions.