Explore the striking beauty of deep, fern-covered valleys and eucalyptus forests during this journey by coach and rail through the Dandenong Ranges. You’ll drive through the suburb of Ferntree Gully, and on to the quaint township of Belgrave where you will board Puffing Billy, a vintage, narrow-gauge steam train. Take in wonderful views and photo opportunities of the picturesque scenery as your train weaves its way through the beautiful countryside.
Upon reaching Menzies Creek, you’ll reboard your coach and make a visit to one of the numerous wineries in this region. After lunch at a winery, you’ll be invited to participate in a wine tasting. Next, you will cross the Great Dividing Range for a stop at the Healesville Sanctuary. Regarded as one of Australia's leading parks, it features over 200 species of native wildlife in a natural bush setting. Here, you can get acquainted with the kangaroos, koalas, lyrebirds, platypus, emus, and other Australian animals. You’ll have approximately 1 1/2 hours of free time to explore the park. Your tour concludes with a brief orientation tour of Melbourne's most popular sites.
Need to Know:
Note: The steam locomotive is not air-conditioned, and may be replaced by a diesel train on fire-danger days. Total amount of walking and exertion is at guests’ discretion.