Wildlife & adventure touring route
Leg 1: Melbourne to Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
56 km / 35 miles, about 1 hr
Healesville is the heart of Yarra Valley wine country, but it's better known for the Australian wildlife experience at Healesville Sanctuary. More than 200 species live here, including platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, kangaroos, emus, wallabies, dingoes and echidnas. Visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre and watch the activities of a real wildlife hospital.
Puffing Billy, in The Dandenongs, is Australia's oldest surviving steam railway. The magnificently preserved train follows a 25-kilometre track that winds through thick forests and ferns, with beautiful views of hills, valleys and villages. First-class travel and dining experiences make the trip even more fun, with lunch, Devonshire tea and dinner available.
Hide away in spellbinding fern glades, rugged bushland and colourful gardens, and meet Australian animals in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Witness seasonal explosions of colour as flowers bloom throughout the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Float high above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for unprecedented views of rolling hills strung with vines, lush greenery and pastures.