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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 & Botanical Gardens  
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride ( 30 min)
  • Sherbrooke Forest
  • Hand feed wild Cockatoos
  • View Wild Kanagaroo’s
  • Hotel City pick -up & Drop Off

 

FAQ

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 9.00am

We return approx 5.15-5.30pm

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.

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