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

 

Delve in to the delights of the Dandenong Ranges including a 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. We then drive back to Melbourne to conclude the tour around 5.30pm.

 

Tour Highlights

 

  • Aboriginal Sculpture Sanctuary
  • Gourmet A La Carte lunch Inc tea & coffee (Optional)
  • Mountaintop Skyhigh Panoramas
  • National Rhododendron Gardens  
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride
  • Sherbrooke Forest
  • Hand feed wild Cockatoos
  • Artisan Bakery Visit
  • View Wild Kangaroos*

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  Loal Cafe. We sit outside and dine alfresco on the deck among the ferns and trees if weather permits.

Lunch Menu Example :

  • GARLIC PRAWN LINGUINE  Linguine pasta tossed with garlic prawns, fresh chilli, broccolini & lemon in a creamy garlic sauce 
  • ATLANTIC SALMON   (GF) Crispy salmon fillet with a mixed vegetable stack, basil pesto & balsamic glaze
  • CHICKEN PARMIGIANA  (GF) Grilled chicken breast topped with napoli sauce, smoked ham & cheddar cheese served with house made potato wedges & todays salad
  • RIPE BEEF BURGER  Beef mince burger with tomato, cheddar cheese, cos lettuce, tomato relish & caramelised onion on a brioche bun with house made potato wedges
  • VEGETABLE RISOTTO Risotto with roasted zucchini, eggplant, sweet potato, mushroom & spinach with basil pesto & topped with parmesan cheese
  • TASTING PLATE (VEGETARIAN) Platter for one including, A cup of todays soup,Mediterranean tart, Spring vegetable frittataTrio of dips on croutons, Garden salad

Includes:  tea / coffee 

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 Station Pier 8.30 am , returns 5.15.

Tour can alter times dependant on ship departures.

 

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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