Journey with Melbourne Hosted Tours on the Puffing Billy - Australia's famous steam train and one of the finest preserved steam train in the world. Chuff along the narrow-gauge track through the Dandenong Ranges National Park featuring 100-meter tall mountain ash forest and fern gullies. Dangle your feet outside of the open carriages and experience the sights, smells and sounds of the bush as the Puffing Bill trundles across trestle bridges and toils up hills.
Be amazed at the 100-metre tall five-hundred year old mountain ash trees and fern gullies of Sherbrooke Forest, the habitat for the superb lyrebird, ring-tailed and brush-tailed possums.
The journey continues to provide panoramic views over farmlands, Port Phillip Bay and Cardinia Reservoir.
Stop at Fergusson's Winery & Restaurant situated in the lush Yarra Valley wine-district. Here you will taste some stunning local wines, and enjoy a sumptuous beef spit-roast lunch with a glass of wine, assorted vegetables and salads, petit fours, tea/percolated coffee.
After lunch, you will enjoy an informative ranger-guided tour of the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary where you can view close-up 200 species of native wildlife and Australia's most unusual animals (koalas, kangaroos, wombats, platypus and many others), birds and reptiles.
Price & booking
Tour pricing information (GST included)
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Two to seven passengers. Please email for rates for eight persons or larger numbers.
Cancellation and booking policy
Cancellation Terms and condition apply. If bookings are cancelled more than seven days in advance, no fee is payable. If between two and seven days in advance, 50 per cent of the total price of the specified tour is payable. If within 48 hours of the tour commencement time, 100 per cent of the total price of the specified tour is payable. If a client fails to take up or complete a booking, 100 per cent of the total price of the specified tour is payable. If Melbourne Hosted Tours is forced to cancel a booking, any prior payment will be fully refunded.
Days of operation
Daily, Good Friday, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Departure details: 01/04/15 - 01/04/16
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tour starting location
- Food and Wine
- Public telephone
- Waiting area
Melbourne Hosted Tours is a professional and reputable private day tours operation established in Melbourne, Australia, by David Smith-Frowd, the proprietor and operator.
David is well aware of the discerning international traveller's demands and is keen to share his knowledge of exciting Melbourne and regional Victoria. Melbourne Hosted Tours operate private small and large group structured and customised tours.
Melbourne Hosted Tours cater to cruise ship passengers to experience Melbourne Shore Excursions. Keeping in mind the limited time for cruise ship passengers, extra attractions for each Shore Excursion have been included so that it can all be seen in the one tour at an excellent price.
Clients are picked up and returned to their hotels or cruise ship.
You will enjoy touring privately in the comfort of an eight-seater Mercedes Benz vehicle. For larger numbers, you travel in a mini-bus or coach with seat belts. Your safety and comfort is paramount to Melbourne Hosted Tours.
Melbourne Hosted Tours offer a flexible service that is second to none.
Make the most of your time with Melbourne Hosted Tours and experience some of these popular and informative tours, such as the Yarra Valley Wineries, Great Ocean Road, Discover Inside Melbourne or Phillip Island Penguin Parade and much more. Detailed information on the tours is on the website.
You will enjoy a hassle-free tour and will take home with you memorable experiences of this diverse and exciting city of Melbourne and beautiful Country Victoria.
Please note, good walking shoes and warm waterproof clothing are needed as it can sometimes become windy and cold at the parks and especially in Phillip Island in any season, so please be prepared. Bring along your camera and in summer, your sun hat and sun screen.
Customised tours can also be organised, contact Melbourne Hosted Tours for details.
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Tour operator is licensed to conduct tours on public land