Leadbeater Eco Tours take you to the Dandenongs where you can enjoy Steam Train Fun, indigenous Talks and Forest Walks.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Dandenongs on this amazing day tour. Located a short trip from Melbourne and set in a National Park, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it is fun and excitement or relaxation and spectacular sceneries; this tour has got it!
Take a step back in time on a morning stroll through ancient forests, enjoying the scenery of abundant eucalypts and tree-ferns while looking out for wildlife; like Kookaburras and Lyrebirds.
Next discover William Ricketts Sanctuary, a place of reverence and tranquillity. Its 92 ceramic indigenous sculptures are half hidden by giant tree-ferns on a mystical Mountain Ash trail.
Then, weave through towering forests and storybook villages en route to Puffing Billy, Australia's premiere preserved steam railway. Over 100 year's old, it takes a team of dedicated volunteers to keep one of the worlds finest steam railways in tip top shape.
Your tour includes lunch, a friendly dedicated tour guide and all park entry fees.
Price & booking
Tour pricing information (GST included)
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Concession rate applies to students, aged pensioner or disability pension.
Children aged between four and 15 years are eligible for the Child rate. Children three years and under are free, if not occupying a seat and be sitting in an adult's lap. If a seat is required, child fare applies.
Adult fares apply to persons 16 years and over.
Tour starting location
City Pick up
Ride the Puffing Billing Steam Train
William Rickett's Sanctuary
- Train ride
- Guided walks
Leadbeater Eco Tours are the small group specialists for the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges. They are named after Victoria's endangered State Emblem the Leadbeater's Possum.
Their day trips are fully inclusive and because they limit passenger numbers for each tour to a maximum of thirteen, you really feel like you are getting a more personal service. Their friendly professional guides will also take good care of you, keeping you entertained as you explore the region.
They focus on destinations close to Melbourne, which helps to limit travel time while giving you more time to explore. They really try to think of everything!
Depending on which tour you choose, one of those destinations you will visit might be Toolangi forest. Toolangi is an indigenous word meaning 'Tall Tree', and you'll get to see why this is a perfect word for the forest. It is predominantly a Mountain Ash forest, which are some of the tallest trees in the world.
It is also just a short drive from Healesville Sanctuary, a favourite spot for travellers near and far. Set in a natural bush setting the Sanctuary's paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing animals like Koala's, Kangaroos, Platypus, Wombats, Possums and Wedge Tailed Eagles. A truly wonderful place.
Another highlight of their tours is an hour-long ride on Australia's premiere preserved Steam Railway, the Puffing Billy. Servicing Victorian's for over a century, the Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction and a real treat, not to be missed.
All tours include lunch and a complimentary shuttle service to and from your accommodation if you are staying in or close to Melbourne.
To find out more about Leadbeater Eco Tours visit their website, email or call them to make a booking.
Other tours by this operator
- Bus & Coach Association
- Tourism Alliance Victoria
Tour operator is licensed to conduct tours on public land