• Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & Federation Square
  • Departs at: 8.10am

Overview

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!

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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne
5

Jesica (via TripAdvisor)

‘We did this one-day tour to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. Our experience was smooth and enjoyable. Also, a shoutout to our guide, who made the whole journey so pleasant! Thank you.’

Featured guest review

'We did this one-day tour to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. Our experience was smooth and enjoyable. Also, a shoutout to our guide, who made the whole journey so pleasant! Thank you.'- Jesica (via TripAdvisor)
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & Federation Square
  • Departs at: 8.10am
$184.00

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  • Experience the tranquil beauty of the Dandenong Ranges
  • Enjoy a traditional Devonshire tea in Sherbrooke Forest
  • Step back in time with a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary and hand-feed native Australian wildlife, including wallabies, kangaroos and emus
  • Watch Healsville’s famous birds of prey show and other wildlife presentations.
  • Guided group tour with commentary
  • Selected CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transport
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.

  • Rheea B – Via TripAdvisor

    Amazing experience!! Kudos to our tour driver, who made the whole journey sooo amazing and fascinating with his abundance knowledge. Would highly recommend for a pleasant trip to enjoy a good time in Melbourne

  • Alan K – Via TripAdvisor

    I have just returned from this tour. What can I say?! I am truly speechless at what a fantastic day this was such fabulous value for money. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. So well organised you always knew the plan and where to be. Our coach driver and guide was wonderful, great sense of humour and full of entertaining trivia and anecdotes about local history and nature. Loved meeting the birds and taking a short bush walk after scones and tea. The sanctuary was outstanding. Our volunteer guide Patricia was knowledgeable, entertaining and very friendly. We got the opportunity to get so close to the animals and we even saw a tree kangaroo with baby Joey in pouch an extra special treat! I cannot recommend this tour enough. I am so proud to have visited Melbourne and I am seriously considering moving to Australia to be with you wonderful folk permanently. What a super super day!

  • Jesica – Via TripAdvisor

    We did this one-day tour to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. Our experience was smooth and enjoyable. Also, a shoutout to our guide, who made the whole journey so pleasant! Thank you.

  • Wally R – Via TripAdvisor

    From the first stop with tea, the walk in the woods, wild cockatoos, parrots, wallabies, then the train and sanctuary. So many memories. Big shout to our entertaining guide.

  • Highlights
    • Experience the tranquil beauty of the Dandenong Ranges
    • Enjoy a traditional Devonshire tea in Sherbrooke Forest
    • Step back in time with a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train
    • Visit Healesville Sanctuary and hand-feed native Australian wildlife, including wallabies, kangaroos and emus
    • Watch Healsville’s famous birds of prey show and other wildlife presentations.
  • What's Included
    • Guided group tour with commentary
    • Selected CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transport
    • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
    • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
    • Ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.
  • 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 is the picturesque Grant’s Picnic Ground — a wildlife-rich area within the Sherbrooke Forest. Here you’ll be treated to a delicious Devonshire tea, complete with homemade scones. You’ll see plenty of colourful birdlife, including rosellas, cockatoos and king parrots. Keep an ear out for the call of the elusive lyrebird!

    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!

    The final stop on this tour is acclaimed Healesville Sanctuary, where you’ll have three hours to view 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.

    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. See wombats, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, platypuses and emus, and watch the acclaimed ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show.

    This Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne returns to the CBD by late afternoon.

  • Guest Reviews

    • Rheea B – Via TripAdvisor

      Amazing experience!! Kudos to our tour driver, who made the whole journey sooo amazing and fascinating with his abundance knowledge. Would highly recommend for a pleasant trip to enjoy a good time in Melbourne

    • Alan K – Via TripAdvisor

      I have just returned from this tour. What can I say?! I am truly speechless at what a fantastic day this was such fabulous value for money. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. So well organised you always knew the plan and where to be. Our coach driver and guide was wonderful, great sense of humour and full of entertaining trivia and anecdotes about local history and nature. Loved meeting the birds and taking a short bush walk after scones and tea. The sanctuary was outstanding. Our volunteer guide Patricia was knowledgeable, entertaining and very friendly. We got the opportunity to get so close to the animals and we even saw a tree kangaroo with baby Joey in pouch an extra special treat! I cannot recommend this tour enough. I am so proud to have visited Melbourne and I am seriously considering moving to Australia to be with you wonderful folk permanently. What a super super day!

    • Jesica – Via TripAdvisor

      We did this one-day tour to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. Our experience was smooth and enjoyable. Also, a shoutout to our guide, who made the whole journey so pleasant! Thank you.

    • Wally R – Via TripAdvisor

      From the first stop with tea, the walk in the woods, wild cockatoos, parrots, wallabies, then the train and sanctuary. So many memories. Big shout to our entertaining guide.

  • 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.
    • Child pricing applies to 2 to 15-year-olds. 16 and 17-year-olds are classed as adults, but must be travelling with a passenger over 18 years of age. Concessions must hold a valid concession card. Infants travel free of charge, but spare seats are subject to availability on the day of the tour.
    • 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

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 is the picturesque Grant’s Picnic Ground — a wildlife-rich area within the Sherbrooke Forest. Here you’ll be treated to a delicious Devonshire tea, complete with homemade scones. You’ll see plenty of colourful birdlife, including rosellas, cockatoos and king parrots. Keep an ear out for the call of the elusive lyrebird!

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!

The final stop on this tour is acclaimed Healesville Sanctuary, where you’ll have three hours to view 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.

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. See wombats, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, platypuses and emus, and watch the acclaimed ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show.

This Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne returns to the CBD by late afternoon.

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.
  • Child pricing applies to 2 to 15-year-olds. 16 and 17-year-olds are classed as adults, but must be travelling with a passenger over 18 years of age. Concessions must hold a valid concession card. Infants travel free of charge, but spare seats are subject to availability on the day of the tour.
  • 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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