With an overdose of technology and modernity in our everyday lives, here’s an opportunity to experience Melbourne the old-fashioned way. This full day tour through Victoria Rainforests from Melbourne includes time at the Dandenongs, a railway...
With an overdose of technology and modernity in our everyday lives, here’s an opportunity to experience Melbourne the old-fashioned way. This full day tour through Victoria Rainforests from Melbourne includes time at the Dandenongs, a railway ride on the Puffing Billy steam train, hand-feeding birds at Grants and bushland exploration during a Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary tour.
You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from your city hotel and travel through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to the outskirts. Amid distant views of the Dandenongs, enjoy informative commentary from an expert guide/driver.
Just 35 kms east of Melbourne lies your first stop, the scenic low ranges of the Dandenong Ranges. Scaling about 630 metres at its peak, you will no doubt marvel at well the richness of the rainforest, waterfalls, hills and valleys envelop the Dandenongs. It’s also home to the tallest flowering plant in the world, Mountain Ash trees, and the renowned Puffing Billy Railway. Shop at its numerous arts and craft stores and indulge in some delicious homemade produce at the cafes.
Move ahead to a magical retreat nestled in the heart of the Dandenongs, named Grants on Sherbrooke. Cloaked by views of lush wilderness, enjoy an authentic Devonshire tea with a side of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream. Take time to appreciate the crisp mountain air and rich rainforest views as you unwind with your tea!
Grants is also a haven for birds like Crimson rosella, Sulphur-crested cockatoo and Pink-chested galah. Once your tea time is up, hand-feed these vibrant winged friends, native to Aussieland. This is a photo op you shouldn’t miss!
From here, you’re taken to Belgrave to board a century-old steam train running on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. Enjoy the famous 30-minute Puffing Billy Steam train tour as you journey through Sherbrooke Forest, Trestle Bridge and Menzies Creek, with views of Port Phillip Bay! Did you know that the 24km-long Puffing Billy train is a genuine relic built to serve at the turn of the century?
End your tour with some more native wildlife exploration on a Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary tour. An area made up of natural bushland, the sanctuary also houses wallabies, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and more than 200 native bird varieties.
Old certainly turns to gold with this tour! Book now to explore the Victorian Rainforests.
Operates: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Departure/Pickup Location: From Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets
Boards: 07:55 | Departs: 08:10 | Returns: 17:30
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