Yarra Valley, Puffing Billy Steam Train from Melbourne


Overview

Travel through the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley wine region on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Have morning tea and see spectacular native birds in the rainforest of the Dandenongs, then ride the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train through Sherbrooke forest. Head to nearby Yarra Valley for an afternoon in Victoria's famous wine region. Enjoy three tastings at premium wineries and have the option to include a 2-course lunch paired with wine. Your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary throughout the day.

  • pin_drop Location: Melbourne (Australia)
  • event Season: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • check_circle Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • watch_later Duration: 9 hours
  • people Adult: $ 134.42 USD
  • face Child: $ 67.61 USD

Includes

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train ride
  • Wine tasting at Dominique Portet and Rochford
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

What You Can Expect

Leave Melbourne in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and head 25 miles (40km) east to the Dandenong Ranges, where steep valleys, rushing waterfalls and a rainforest full of mountain ash trees cloak the 2,000 feet (610m) high mountains.

When you arrive in the Dandenongs, stop in at Grants Reserve for a traditional Aussie billy tea with crackers, vegemite, and lamington cake. Enjoy your tea and the fresh mountain air, then step outside to feed colorful native birds, including the crimson rosella, pink-chested galah and sulphur-crested cockatoo. Birdsong can be heard throughout the region.

After Grants Reserve, continue to Belgrave where you board the Puffing Billy Steam Train, a century-old steam train in mint condition. Relax and soak up the scenery as your train chugs along a mountain track through the heart of the rainforest between Belgrave and Menzies Creek. Travel through Sherbrooke Forest and over the old Trestle Bridge, getting great views of Port Phillip Bay as you approach Menzies Creek.

Switch from the train to your coach to make the 1-hour journey to the Yarra Valley. Victoria’s premium wine growing region, the Yarra Valley is known for cool climate varietals, especially chardonnay and pinot noir. You can also expect to find sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling, cabernet sauvgnon, shiraz, and merlot varieties as well.

As you approach the Yarra Valley, see magnificent scenery including the Great Dividing Range. Your first stop takes in Rochford Winery, with the option to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of their premium wine. If you do not book the included lunch option, you can order à la carte at the winery or bring your own lunch.

After your meal, continue to two other wineries where you savor the wines and learn about the vineyards and winemaking process. In the late afternoon, after visits to three vineyards for tastings, relax on the drive back to your Melbourne hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
Main Course (ONE of the following):
  • Beef cheek with garlic mashed potatoes and greens
  • Salmon with a salad of fennel, orange, and pea shoots
  • Wild mushroom risotto with spinach
  • Chicken breast with bacon and onion potato bake and wilted spinach
Dessert:
  • Chef's selection of fresh baked cakes
  • Coffee or tea
Menu may change due to seasonal availability.

Hotel Pickup Info:

7:45 a.m. - AAT Kings Office – Corner Flinders and Russell Streets
7:05 a.m. - Adara East Apartments
7:25 a.m. - Adina Grand Apartments
7:15 a.m. - Atlantis Hotel
6:50 a.m. - Bayside Eden
6:50 a.m. - Bayview on the Park
6:50 a.m. - Como Hotel
7:20 a.m. - Crown Metropol
7:15 a.m. - Crown Promenade
7:20 a.m. - Crown Towers
7:25 a.m. - Crowne Plaza Hotel (at top of ramp)
7:05 a.m. - Downtowner On Lygon
7:00 a.m. - Hilton Southwharf
7:30 a.m. - Holiday Inn Flinders
7:20 a.m. - Hotel Sophia
7:30 a.m. - Ibis Hotel Therry Street
6:00 a.m. - Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:00 a.m. - Ibis Swanston Street
7:35 a.m. - Intercontinental Hotel (Collins St Entrance)
7:25 a.m. - Kings Street Backpackers
7:10 a.m. - Langham Hotel
7:05 a.m. - Magnolia Court
7:40 a.m. - Mantra on Russell
7:20 a.m. - Mantra on the Park
7:30 a.m. - Marriott Hotel
7:10 a.m. - Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:35 a.m. - Mercure Grand on Swanston (Reception Desk)
6:55 a.m. - Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:10 a.m. - Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:35 a.m. - Mercure Welcome (Reception Desk)
7:10 a.m. - Miami Hotel
7:35 a.m. - Novotel Collins
6:40 a.m. - Novotel St Kilda
7:35 a.m. - Oaks on Market
7:25 a.m. - Park Hyatt
7:05 a.m. - Pullman on the Park
7:15 a.m. - Radisson Flagstaff
7:40 a.m. - Rendezvous Hotel
7:30 a.m. - Rydges Melbourne
7:00 a.m. - Seasons Botanical
7:15 a.m. - Sofitel Hotel
7:20 a.m. - Stamford Plaza
7:05 a.m. - Travel Inn Carlton
7:05 a.m. - Travelodge Docklands
7:10 a.m. - Vibe Savoy
7:20 a.m. - Windsor Hotel
7:00 a.m. - YHA Metro (Corner of Howard and Courtney Street)

Additional Important Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer

Voucher information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Products standard cancellable

Products with Viator standard terms and conditions are fully refundable, without charge, up to 48 hours prior to travel, based on the time/date of the Product Location.

Departure point

Federation Square
OR
Selected Melbourne hotels

Departure time

8:10am

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

 

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