Ride through the forest from Belgrave on Puffing Billy steam train - an original steam locomotive

Puffing Billy with Wildlife and Winery Lunch

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Blue Dandenongs, Puffing Billy, Wine Tasting, Winery Roast Lunch, Koalas & Kangaroos, Free Wi-fi on coach

Highlights

Delight in a heritage railway journey on Puffing Billy and ride through the picturesque Mountain Ash forst of the Blue Dandenong Ranges; the historic train's whistle distinctly resonating in the background. Tour through the richness of the Yarra Valley - a pastoral experience of farms and vineyards, haystacks, and wine grapes. Healesville Sanctuary, a truly Australian experience, is cradled in the forested foothills of the Great Divide where you can surround yourself with Australian wildlife

Inclusions

  • Historic steam train ride
  • Entrance fee to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Aussie-style Bush Billy tea with lamingtons and vegemite with crackers
  • Winery lunch with a glass of wine at Fergussons Winery with opportunity for wine tasting
  • Free WiFi on coach

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

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Nov 05 2017
Excellent day trip, all activities were well organised and run
Reply From The Gray Line Team:
Hello,

We are glad that you enjoyed our Puffing Billing with Wildlife and Winery Lunch Tour! We want our customers to be able to enjoy every experience to the fullest, without having to worry about the organization of the Tour. See you on another Gray Line Tour soon!

-The Gray Line Team
Oct 28 2016
Satisfy whole family for adults and children.
Apr 30 2016
Poor lunch, time with wild life is super short. Total disappointing tour with such high cost and big tour group.
Reply From Sarah:
Thank you for your feedback regarding the Puffing Billy with Wildlife and Winery Lunch. We are sorry the lunch and wildlife portions left you disappointed and we greatly appreciate your feedback as we are always looking for areas of improvement on our tours. 
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ITINERARY

Take in the delights of riding iconic Puffing Billy steam train through the forest, a delicious spit roast lunch at Fergusson Winery and finally, spending time at Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of native animals.

Puffing Billy with Healesville Sanctuary is a wonderful full day tour to experience lush rainforest of the Blue Dandenong Ranges as you ride on the original steam locomotive we affectionately call Puffing Billy. Culinary joys today include our special Aussie style Bush Billy Tea for morning tea, a delicious spit roast lunch at a winery and sweet samples for dessert from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Walk off today's treats at Healesville Sanctuary where you will be taken on a guided tour of Australia's native animals.

Highlights of this tour
  • Melbourne's eastern suburbs
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
  • Share Bush Billy tea of Aussie grown tea and gum leaves, lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers
  • Colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots! (opportunity to hand feed)
  • Enjoy a ride aboard Puffing Billy steam train from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, the most scenic section of the original steam locomotive's journey
  • Pass quaint villages set amongst the Australian bush and renowned for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch with wine as guests of Louise Fergusson (Asian cuisine and vegetarian meals are also available on request)
  • Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer
  • Tour through the Yarra Valley
  • Visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - a sweet feast for the senses
  • Delight in complimentary chocolate tastings, displays of premium chocolates and observe European chocolatiers at work
  • Pass through the township of Healesville - set amidst mountain bushland
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary - home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting
  • Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies
  • Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand - the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis and spoonbills
  • Witness the "Spirits of the Sky" demonstration
  • Observe the underwater life of the platypus
  • Come face to face with a koala!
  • Meet a furry wombat!
  • See dingoes, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas

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