Just an hour’s drive from the city is the verdant landscape of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, part of the Great Dividing mountain range which runs the entire length of the east coast of Australia.

The Dandenongs are also home to Puffing Billy. Operating since 1900, this fully restored steam engine is Australia’s oldest surviving and most famous steam train. With lush fern gullies brushing past, and Mountain Ash towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest. Re-live the romance and charm of the bygone days of steam as you travel back in time on this historic, narrow-gauge railway on its original mountain track.

Visit quaint townships nestled amongst the magical treeferns such as Sassafras and Olinda, where you can spend time browsing through the many wonderful art and craft shops. Or perhaps journey to the summit of Mt Dandenong for stunning views over the entire metropolitan Melbourne. Guests can stroll through the ancient rainforest at Grant’s Reserve and hand feed a variety of native Australian birds.

Cost
Type Indicative prices
Adult

Price range varies depending on the number of travellers and the time of year. Contact the office to get a quote. Infants aged up to three travel free of charge.

$817.00 - $1,862.00

Inclusions

Morning or afternoon tea, Puffing Billy steam train ride, a local guide providing expert commentary and a luxurious private vehicle with complimentary water.

Days of operation:
  • - Tours operate year-round, and itineraries can be adapted due to varying weather conditions. - Recommended pick up: 9am or 1pm - Duration: 4 hours

Melbourne Private Tours is a full service luxury private touring operator in Melbourne.

They offer a range of carefully crafted itineraries and also provide guests with the opportunity to fully customise their experience to suit their individual needs. Tours are suitable for individuals, families and groups. Extended adventures and incentive group touring are also available in all regions of Victoria.

The Melbourne Private Tours team work closely with their vast network of personal contacts in Melbourne and Victoria to provide guests with immersive and innovative experiences that deliver memorable ‘behind the scenes’ experiences often not available to the general public. You will meet the locals; the artists, farmers, and wine makers; the artisan producers and the people who make Melbourne and Victoria such a fascinating destination.

Membership:
  • Australian Tourism Export Council
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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