About the tour

Overview

The Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour is an absolute “must do” in the Dandenong Ranges as one of Melbourne’s longest running experiences. The railway line takes us on a journey into lush mountains abundant with wildlife, rainforest areas, and quaint mountain townships.

You will have plenty of time to relax and stroll along the historic streets of village towns such as Sassafras and Olinda, as well as visit scenic look outs and viewing spots perfect for capturing a memorable photograph or two.

Your Puffing Billy tour commences with the Puffy Billy steam train tour, winding through the beautiful forests of the Mount Dandenong Ranges.

Other highlights of this region include the William Ricketts Sanctuary, a mystical sculpture display set in the the middle of the rainforest. The sculptures depict the philosophies of the Aboriginal Australians and the tales of early English settlement in Australia.

End your spectacular day visiting a large scenic parkland/lookout to spot wild kangaroos!

PROPOSED ITINERARY

Duration: 8 hours

Sassafras

Mountain town with lots of quirky boutiques and cosy cafes.

Sky High View Spot

Above all the rest, enjoy panoramic views that overlook Melbourne City and the mountain surrounds.

You can wonder through the English garden and look for colourful rosella and kookaburra birds in the trees.

William Ricketts Sanctuary

An aboriginal inspired sculpture garden set amongst the rainforest and native scenery of the Dandenong Mountains.

This is a very unique and powerfully spiritual place.

Lunch

A quick lunch in the mountain town of Olinda.

This town also features some unique boutiques.

Native Bird Feeding

In a dense rainforest environment, you can hand feed Cockatoos and Rosellas some of our native birds.

Puffing Billy Tour

Take a ride through the lush rainforest and small mountain towns on the historic Puffing Billy. This is a stream train that has been completely restored to its original condition. Not only the train, but also the stations and workers are in full 1800s attire and they will put on a show for you as you travel for one hour to a beautiful lakeside park station.

Lakeside Station

Departing the Puffing Billy, you will be able to walk around the lake and enjoy some time in the park.

Kangaroos in the Wild

Search the surrounds of a reservoir and try to find a mob of kangaroos in the wild.

WHAT TO EXPECT

LOCATION

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

  • Cloud Hill Estate Garden
  • Bush walk

PRICING

Your personal travel consultant will create an unforgettable itinerary for you based around your interests. Your Private Puffing Billy tour is conducted in a private, well-appointed vehicle with an expert local tour guide and includes accommodation transfers, water, and general entry fees in the itinerary above.

We are also able to incorporate a package of private tours, exclusive experiences, and accommodation across Australia.

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