Puffing Billy & Wildlife Tour From Melbourne

From: $189.00

  • Return transfers from Melbourne 
  • Ride the worlds oldest steam train
  • Healsville Sanctuary entrance
  • Stunning Dandenong Ranges
  • Fantastic value for the budget traveller
  • All National park fees included


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The Puffing Billy steam train allows you to experience the magic of the past. As you embark on an unforgettable journey through the lush rainforest of the Dandenong Ranges,. See the breathtaking views and breathe in the fresh air. Taking in the historic train as it makes its way on its hour-long journey from Belgrave to Lakeside.

And if that’s not enough, after you disembark,. Take a walk through a wildlife sanctuary where you can meet some of Australia’s most beloved wildlife. Including kangaroos, koalas, and birds of prey.

Puffing Billy Departures

  • Depart Melbourne 9 am
  • Return Melbourne 5.30 pm

This tour will take you out of the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. And into the magic of the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley’s natural wonders.


  • Step back in time on the iconic Puffing Billy steam train
  • Journey through temperate rainforests
  • Encounter the fascinating Australian wildlife up close
  • Picturesque Dandenong Ranges

Puffing Billy Inclusions

  • National Park fees
  • 1 hour ride on Puffing Billy (Belgrave to Lakeside)
  • Entry into Healsville Sanctuary
  • Roundtrip transport to and from selected pickup locations
  • An informative and friendly tour guide

Our Philosophy

Travel has changed over the decades. And now, more than ever, we as travellers seek a connection with the people, a little gem that others have discovered, and a move away from mass tourism. Our journey has led us to create experiences that are more intimate, that tap into what a local may do, and to bring a moment of stillness’, whether on a beach, atop a cliff, or on the water.

We are dedicated to showcasing the warmth of the local providers and experiences, as well as the natural beauty of Australia.

So here we are, sharing with you what we believe is the next genre of day touring—Explore Australia—Day Tours from Melbourne that are well crafted and deliver that ‘local feel’ with joy, a sense of fun, and absolute quality.”

Explore Australia team

Looking for some other great adventures?

Visiting Cairns and it’s surrounding attractions is a must do for any traveller on the east coast of australia. There’s plenty to tick off your bucket list here with adrenalin activities like sky diving, white water rafting or bungy jumping that will get your heart pumping.

Explorers can tick off plenty as well with the lush tropical rainforest areas of the Atherton tablelands and Cape Tribulation. Also we can’t forget snorkelling or scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef of course!

What can I do?

Ok there’s alot to do but we’ll try and pack it into a few short paragraph breakdowns for you.

First up we’ll sort out the adrenaline junkies. Get your fix by jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet for an epic skydive or if you don’t wanna go quite that high you can Bungy jump!  If you haven’t had your fix yet why not try your hand at white water rafting,The list goes on and on!

For the adventurers in us there’s plenty to see and do as well. Let’s tick the big one off the list first and visit the Great Barrier Reef on a one day trip. Add on a scuba dive for the ultimate immersion experience. Next up let’s have a day of fun visiting the waterfalls of the Atherton tablelands, remember to bring your swimmers!

A couple of hours plus a ferry crossing north of cairns and you’ll find yourself exploring the Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation, a stunning area that’s beauty is beyond words. A bit closer to Cairns is the township of Kuranda, this is best explored using the scenic train and sky-rail as your transportation to and from this fun day-trip.

Enough exploring and you want to relax? Easy, head to the lagoon at Cairns foreshore or one of the northern beaches such as Port Douglas to get in some sun time and soak up some precious vitamin D.

There’s plenty of fun for everyone, we hope you enjoy your stay in Cairns.

Important info before you travel

  • Comfortable trainers or walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Cash or credit card for lunch and snacks
  • Warm layers for unexpected weather
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for sun protection

  • Lunch
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Gratuities

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations within 48 hours or failure to board on the day of tour, will result in 100% full fare forfeiture. Explore Australia will not be held responsible for guests failing to familiarise themselves with the booking terms and conditions.

Booking Changes: Changes to bookings must be made more than 48 hours of tour departurehowever, you can transfer your booking to another person, and we must be advised of the name change.