This fun tour introduces you to the delights of the Dandenongs, low forested mountains east of Melbourne. Expect gorgeous scenery with sparkling waterfalls, steep slopes, ferny hollows and soaring trees.
Your next adventure is a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train. Step back to the early 1900s as you travel on this vintage railway through the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy magnificent views and look out for wildlife as you trundle along the track. What a great ride!
Stop at Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness, for a sumptuous Devonshire Cream Tea. Meet and hand-feed beautiful Australian birds such as the crimson rosella, sulphur-crested cockatoo and pink-chested galah – a perfect photo-opportunity!
Last stop on the tour is the pretty village of Sassafras where you can browse the quaint antique, art and craft shops for souvenirs of the Dandenongs.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Melbourne at the scheduled time in the morning for the tour.
You will travel in a comfortable coach through Melbourne's eastern suburbs heading for the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, 35 km east of the city. On reaching the hills you will stop at Grant’s Reserve, nestled in a valley. Here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – a real treat!
Grant's Reserve is a paradise for bird life and you'll be serenaded by the wonderful birdsong from the forest. You can also hand-feed colorful Australian birds such as the crimson rosella, sulphur-crested cockatoo and pink-chested galah. Gaze up at the magnificent mountain ash trees – the tallest flowering plants in the world.
Next, you will travel the short distance to Belgrave, for the famous Puffing Billy steam train ride, where you are in for a real treat! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. Here you'll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.
You'll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook.
Your next halt will be at the lovely little village of Sassafras. You'll be travelling through a thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for lyre birds and wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.
At the end of the excursion, you’ll return to Melbourne where the tour concludes at Federation Square.
Hotel pick-up Travel in an air-conditioned coach Devonshire tea Train ride Experienced driver-guide Comprehensive commentary
Hotel drop off
Tour guide is very knowledgable and funny! Very wonderful experience!...
We had a very lovely day in the dandenongs with a well paced tour and a very informative and helpful tour guide...
Although the weather was not the best I enjoyed the puffing Billy's train ride...
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