Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne (optional private tour)

  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Departs at: 7.00am

Overview

On this relaxed small group tour, you’ll travel east from Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges to see the stunning scenery and quaint towns this region is renowned for. Enjoy a Devonshire tea and a journey on the famous Puffing Billy steam train.

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Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne
5

Elaine R (via TripAdvisor)

‘I have enjoyed the Puffing Billy experience several times with family and friends. It’s always so enjoyable as it winds its way through the beautiful scenery. The morning tea (which is included in the price) is always fresh and plentiful. Feeding the birds with their special food is another experience to enjoy on this journey.’

Featured guest review

'I have enjoyed the Puffing Billy experience several times with family and friends. It's always so enjoyable as it winds its way through the beautiful scenery. The morning tea (which is included in the price) is always fresh and plentiful. Feeding the birds with their special food is another experience to enjoy on this journey.'- Elaine R (via TripAdvisor)
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Departs at: 7.00am
$144.00

  • Experience the natural beauty of the Dandenong Ranges
  • Indulge in a delicious Devonshire tea of scones with jam and cream
  • Hand feed parrots and other native birds
  • Ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train.
  • Guided group tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transport
  • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Puffing Billy steam train ride
  • Devonshire tea.

  • Rayleen

    Had an awesome time. Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and informative. He was also very helpful. The tour was great and the experience on the puffin billy was worth it. The tour guide did a commentary the whole time which was great as we got to find out so much more about the Dandenong Ranges and Melbourne.

  • Trudy S – Via TripAdvisor

    Very short trip on the train. Not too good if you sit on the wrong side not much to look at and you miss out on the best photo opportunity.

  • Elaine R – Via TripAdvisor

    I have enjoyed the Puffing Billy experience several times with family and friends. It's always so enjoyable as it winds its way through the beautiful scenery. The morning tea (which is included in the price) is always fresh and plentiful. Feeding the birds with their special food is another experience to enjoy on this journey.

  • Wanderlustgirl123 – Via TripAdvisor

    I was very lucky that we had good weather on the day of the tour. On the journey to the train station, our guide shared with us about the history of Melbourne and the Puffingbilly. I had no idea that back then they actually wanted to close the Puffingbilly for good, until the Puffing Billy Preservation Society was formed to assist in the operation of the train. Thought that fun fact was pretty cool. The train ride itself was 30 mins, one station to the other. I have never taken a steam train before so this was an eyeopener. Sit on the right side of the train for the best view, but I encourage travelers to move around so everyone has a fair chance of seeing the scenery. Let others have a chance to snap their instaworthy photo as well, yeah? The train conductor in the cabin with us was really friendly and he offered to take photos with everyone in the cabin. This trip also includes a quick stop at Sherbrooke Forest, which is in the Dandenongs. It's a bit chilly up there but you get some Bush Billy Tea and lamingtons. After the train ride we also stopped by a quaint town, Sassafras. There was a plant nursery, toy store, Miss Marple's Tearoom (nice tea according to the guide), Tea Leaves, etc. We had about 30 mins here so you might not have time to have tea at Miss Marple's. So after Sassafras we headed back to Melbourne city and reached there around 12 - 1pm. Forgot the exact timing. So mine was a great half-day tour, not too long. Overall, I love it. Great for families and perhaps for those who have never taken a steam train before. Just pray for good weather if not the photos might not turn out so well.

  • Mona H – Via TripAdvisor

    Although slow to pass the natural sights for the treat of your eyes,Puffing Billy is all "airy" with its glassless windows! No, that does not mean that you can dangle your legs outside, better be safe than sorry, but you can easily switch sides to enjoy views both ways and have best photos taken with the Steaming Engine and its driver!

  • Ktam105 – Via TripAdvisor

    A memorable tour with very good service. Our tour guide was friendly and professional as well as having good driving skills. During the ride, he introduced many places, which made the tour more interesting. The Puffing Billy steam train was interesting and worth going to. Excellent!

  • Highlights
    • Experience the natural beauty of the Dandenong Ranges
    • Indulge in a delicious Devonshire tea of scones with jam and cream
    • Hand feed parrots and other native birds
    • Ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train.
  • What's Included
    • Guided group tour with commentary
    • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transport
    • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
    • Puffing Billy steam train ride
    • Devonshire tea.
  • What You Can Expect

    This Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne is a great 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 Sherbrooke Forest. After a short walk through the tranquil bushland, you’ll enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, and tea or coffee. 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 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 3pm.

  • Guest Reviews

    • Rayleen

      Had an awesome time. Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and informative. He was also very helpful. The tour was great and the experience on the puffin billy was worth it. The tour guide did a commentary the whole time which was great as we got to find out so much more about the Dandenong Ranges and Melbourne.

    • Trudy S – Via TripAdvisor

      Very short trip on the train. Not too good if you sit on the wrong side not much to look at and you miss out on the best photo opportunity.

    • Elaine R – Via TripAdvisor

      I have enjoyed the Puffing Billy experience several times with family and friends. It's always so enjoyable as it winds its way through the beautiful scenery. The morning tea (which is included in the price) is always fresh and plentiful. Feeding the birds with their special food is another experience to enjoy on this journey.

    • Wanderlustgirl123 – Via TripAdvisor

      I was very lucky that we had good weather on the day of the tour. On the journey to the train station, our guide shared with us about the history of Melbourne and the Puffingbilly. I had no idea that back then they actually wanted to close the Puffingbilly for good, until the Puffing Billy Preservation Society was formed to assist in the operation of the train. Thought that fun fact was pretty cool. The train ride itself was 30 mins, one station to the other. I have never taken a steam train before so this was an eyeopener. Sit on the right side of the train for the best view, but I encourage travelers to move around so everyone has a fair chance of seeing the scenery. Let others have a chance to snap their instaworthy photo as well, yeah? The train conductor in the cabin with us was really friendly and he offered to take photos with everyone in the cabin. This trip also includes a quick stop at Sherbrooke Forest, which is in the Dandenongs. It's a bit chilly up there but you get some Bush Billy Tea and lamingtons. After the train ride we also stopped by a quaint town, Sassafras. There was a plant nursery, toy store, Miss Marple's Tearoom (nice tea according to the guide), Tea Leaves, etc. We had about 30 mins here so you might not have time to have tea at Miss Marple's. So after Sassafras we headed back to Melbourne city and reached there around 12 - 1pm. Forgot the exact timing. So mine was a great half-day tour, not too long. Overall, I love it. Great for families and perhaps for those who have never taken a steam train before. Just pray for good weather if not the photos might not turn out so well.

    • Mona H – Via TripAdvisor

      Although slow to pass the natural sights for the treat of your eyes,Puffing Billy is all "airy" with its glassless windows! No, that does not mean that you can dangle your legs outside, better be safe than sorry, but you can easily switch sides to enjoy views both ways and have best photos taken with the Steaming Engine and its driver!

    • Ktam105 – Via TripAdvisor

      A memorable tour with very good service. Our tour guide was friendly and professional as well as having good driving skills. During the ride, he introduced many places, which made the tour more interesting. The Puffing Billy steam train was interesting and worth going to. Excellent!

  • Important Information
    • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
    • This tour operates with a minimum of five participants. Your booking may be on request initially, but 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 can be booked as a guaranteed private tour for five or more participants at the standard tour price per person. If you have less than five people, but you still wish to travel privately, you can book and pay for the additional seat(s) to secure a private booking. Please contact us to make your booking.
    • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
    • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
    • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
    • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
    • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
    • View our booking terms and conditions here.
What You Can Expect

This Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne is a great 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 Sherbrooke Forest. After a short walk through the tranquil bushland, you’ll enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, and tea or coffee. 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 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 3pm.

Important Information
  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of five participants. Your booking may be on request initially, but 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 can be booked as a guaranteed private tour for five or more participants at the standard tour price per person. If you have less than five people, but you still wish to travel privately, you can book and pay for the additional seat(s) to secure a private booking. Please contact us to make your booking.
  • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
  • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
  • View our booking terms and conditions here.
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