Journey to the stunning Dandenong Ranges and experience the wonders of the � Day Puffing Billy tour. Be captivated by the towering Mountain Ash Trees and breath in the fresh air as you head into Grant on Sherbrooke to indulge in their beautiful Devonshire Tea and scones. See and photograph the native birds before you head to the heart of the Sherbrooke forest to journey aboard the Puffing Billy. Once on, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings as the steam train winds its way through the lush forest. Finish off the day visiting the delightfully quirky town of Sassafras.
|Start||Melbourne @ 7:45am|
|Finish||Melbourne @ 1:00pm|
Setting off in the Morning and returning to Melbourne by 1pm this half day tur allows you to experience the historic train ride and enjoy an escape from the city without loosing time for your afternoons activities.
Devonshire Tea at Grants on Sherbrooke
In a large comfortable coach, we drive for just under an hour and you will soon notice the fresh air of the cool temperate Rainforest as we head towards our first stop Grants on Sherbrooke.
Here we are treated to delicious homemade scones with cream and jam while surrounded by a plethora of Australian native birds. Relax to the sounds of the bush and the bird song and have your camera ready for up close photo opportunities as you look out for Rosellas, Cockatoos, King Parrots and be sure to listen out for the elusive Lyrebird!
After the treat of morning tea we then depart for the short drive to the beginning of our Puffing Billy adventure! We start the journey at Belgrave where you will board the iconic steam train.
Ride the Puffing Billy Steam Train
At the locomotive depo you will be given the chance to understand the workings of the historic and immaculately preserved train, with friendly conductors waiting to show you aboard and answer any questions.
Once we are all comfortable and read to ride, it's off and away through the lush green rainforest as we puff through the trees, taking in the fresh air and scenery.
Be ready to wave at passers by as locals and visitors alike love the site of the Puffing Billy Train chugging along the tracks as you weave through Sherbrooke forest, still keeping you eyes out for the wildlife in this pocket of natural bushland, you may be lucky enough to see a wallaby hopping through the bush…you will feel like you are a million miles away from the city!
One of the funnest parts of the ride is as the train crosses the old Tressle Bridge, a great section to take a video to remember this fantastic adventure! Soon the train will be pulling into Menzies Creek, but not before you start to catch views of Port Phillip Bay up ahead.
Explore the town of Sassafras
After alighting the train at Menzies Creek we say goodbye to this icon of Victorian History and pop into the township of Sassafras to check out the many independent shops, cafes and galleries. If you are looking for a unique gift to take back home then Sassafras is your place, with a range of artistic speciality shops which sell hand-picked and hand-crafted quality items, from wooden toys to potted flowers and fragrant candles.
Sassafras is also a tea lovers heaven with speciality shops stocking hundreds of flavours from across the world!
Once you have delighted in these local crafts then we take the short trip back into the city, arriving back into Melbourne around 1pm, you can hop out in Federation Square ready to spend an afternoon in the worlds most liveable city!