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Puffing Billy Steam Train - Dandenongs
Duration: Full Day
Location: Dandenongs
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Dandenongs Ranges, Puffing Billy & Cockatoo's - 1 Day VIP Group


Delve in to the delights of the Dandenong Ranges, explore the magical Aboriginal sculptures, quaint artists villages, towering Eucalyptus forests and ride on iconic Puffing Billy steam train.

We’ll begin the day heading up into the nearby Dandenong Ranges, with its quaint artesian villages and magical green forests. Our first stop is the mystical artistry of the William Ricketts Sanctuary, a sculpture garden with Aboriginal dreamtime figures set amongst the towering forest. Next we visit Skyhigh at the top of Mount Dandenong with views across Greater Melbourne and the bay. You’ll enjoy a walk through the National Rhododendron Gardens, which are host to the brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils.

You’ll be served a sumptuous, gourmet a la carte lunch with tea/coffee on the deck of Ripe Cafe among the tree ferns.

After lunch, you’ll visit Sherbrooke Forest to hand feed the wild cockatoos before boarding the much-loved Puffing Billy Steam Train for a romantic and scenic trip through the mountains to Lakeside Park. Take a quick visit at a local artisan bakery for coffee and cake before we head off on a short Kangaroo Viewing Trail to view the iconic Australia animals that roam wild in a local reserve.

On our drive back we show you the iconic Bathing Boxes of Brighton that Melbourne seaside towns are famous for. These colourful beach huts were once used for changing in and are now a favourite tourist experience. We then drop you back in St Kilda or Melbourne city round 5.00pm.


Tour Highlights


  • Aboriginal Sculpture Sanctuary
  • Gourmet A La Carte lunch, tea & coffee (Optional)
  • Mountaintop Skyhigh Panoramas
  • National Rhododendron Gardens  
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride
  • Sherbrooke Forest
  • Hand feed wild Cockatoos
  • View Wild Kanagaroo’s
  • Brighton Bathing Boxes
  • Drop off in St.Kilda or  City



Whats Included

All fee’s and entrance’s, expert guide, a lar carte lunch with tea & coffee, 30 minute steam train ride, 

Whats for lunch

Lunch is a gourmet a la carte menu at Ripe Cafe in Sassafras. You receive mains and beverage (tea / coffee / soda). We sit outside and dine alfresco on the deck among the ferns and trees if weather permits. 

Decide on the day

How long is the drive

The drive to the Dandenongs is approx 1hr. We specifically designed this tour to be close to Melbourne to avoid long driving times.

Departure time & return

Tour Picks up from your accommodation between 9.15-9.30am to depart Melbourne at 9.30am

We return approx 5.00-5.30pm

What Type of Vehicle?

The vehicle will vary based on the group size. For small groups we either use a Mercedez Viano or a Toyota commuter. If group is above 12 we use a 24 seater. Usual average group size is 8-10 passengers.

  •   We were with a group of Ten people and Steve was our tour guide. It was a full day 9:00am to 5:00 pm. Steve was so knowledgeable about the area, animals, fauna, and history of the Aboriginal people. We started with the William Ricketts Sanctuary,...More

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      Steve, our knowledgeable and very personable guide, took us out to the Dandenong area and delighted us with visits to some wonderful spots that we would never have been aware of, otherwise! Beautiful botanical park, very meaningful sculpture garden, quaint little town for lunch, a...More

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      Today was a lovely day touring the 12 Apostles with my mom and dad! We went on a helicopter ride, had coffee with wonderful treats to go with, learned about aboriginal artwork, had lunch at the breathtaking lighthouse, and more amazing stops along the way....More

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  •   My parents and I went on two trips with Great Private Tours - Great Ocean Road and Philip Island with Dandenongs. It was my parents' first visit to Melbourne and I was very keen on making it a special and memorable experience for all of...More

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      We had a superb day in Yarra Valley with Steve and the weather was fantastic. Lunch at Terra warra was excellent and we visited a good combination of small boutique wineries as well as the established iconic ones. My partner loved the plush leather seats...More

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      We had a fabulous day touring the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles with Steve. Steve was a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who kept us moving throughout the day. Starting with pick up at our hotel in the morning until he dropped us...More

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  •   Excellent tour. Steve Andrew was our tour guide and driver and he was wonderful. Very knowledgeable of the area and took us to some pretty awesome places. Check out the pics they tell the tale. He even supplied rainbows all over Australia😊

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      My family and I had a truly memorable day with Steve. Not only did he take us to some wonderful spots that were in addition to the usual tourist areas, but he is incredibly knowledgeable about so many different topics. We would highly recommend Great...More

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      Can't tell you how happy my group was with the Great Private Tours experience! We were visiting from the US (Los Angeles and New York) and for many of us it was our first time to Melbourne or Victoria. Steve set up a multi-day itinerary...More

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  •   We booked Steve for a guided wine tour of the Mornington Peninsula. Steve was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the region as well as the wines produced in the area. He planned a great day allowing us the chance to get to see the...More

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      Wonderful day from beginning to end. The lunch was good and we enjoyed Steve's company. However, we find out there was a new interesting bakery just opened where others in our group had lunch. Would suggest they omit option to pay for lunch ahead. We...More

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      Super fun day with Steve,our informative, articulate guide. We saw a non touristy side of just outside of Melbourne in the Dandenong mountains. We saw moving art celebrating aboriginal culture in a serene forest, fed enormous whitecockatoos, enjoyed the green wonderland of the botanic garden,...More

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