Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch
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Sit back and enjoy the panoramic views!
Take in the delights of riding iconic Puffing Billy steam train through the forest, a delicious spit roast lunch at Fergusson Winery and finally, spending time at Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of native animals.
Our guide to Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch
Puffing Billy with Healesville Sanctuary is a wonderful full day tour to experience lush rainforest of the Blue Dandenong Ranges as you ride Australia's famous narrow gauge railway on the original steam locomotive affectionately called Puffing Billy.
Culinary joys include a special Aussie style Bush Billy Tea for morning tea and a delicious, hearty spit roast lunch accompanied by a glass of wine at Fergusson's Winery. There is time for a tasting at the cellar door after your lunch. For a taste of something sweet, visit the ever so popular and relatively new Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
Tour through the Yarra Valley, a pastoral experience of farms and vineyards, haystacks and wine grapes before arriving at Healesville Sanctuary, a truly Australian experience cradled in the forested foothills of the Great Divide, where you can view Australia wildlife and join the exclusive VIP Meet and Feed experience.
- Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
- Share Bush Billy tea of Aussie grown tea and gum leaves, lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers
- Colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots! (opportunity to hand feed)
- Enjoy a ride aboard Puffing Billy, Australia's favourite steam train from Belgrave station
- Pass quaint villages set amongst the Australian bush and renowned for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
- Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
- Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer
- Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch with wine as guests of Louise Fergusson (Asian cuisine and vegetarian meals are also available)
- Tour through the Yarra Valley
- Visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - a sweet feast for the senses
- Delight in complimentary chocolate tastings, displays of premium chocolates and observe European chocolatiers at work
- Pass through the township of Healesville - set amidst mountain bushland
- Visit Healesville Sanctuary - home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting
- Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies
- Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand - the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis & spoonbills
- Witness the "Eagles Fly" demonstration
- Observe the underwater life of the platypus
- Come face to face with a koala!
- Meet a furry wombat!
- See dingoes, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Extra departure on Tuesdays from October to March.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch
- You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
- Dress according to the weather for that day.
- Passengers are welcome to sit with their legs hanging out of the Excursion Train carriages, provided their bodies are within the bars.
- Children from 0 to 1 years inclusive travel free of charge on parents lap. Child rates apply from 2 to 15 years old.
- Only folding or narrow prams can travel on Puffing Billy because of the heritage carriage doors. Baby change facilities are available at all stations.
- Please note that assistance dogs are the only dogs allowed aboard Puffing Billy Railway.
Frequently Asked Questions for Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style with Lunch
- What was Puffing Billy built for?
Puffing Billy was built as a developmental railway to allow the settlers in the Dandenong Ranges access to Melbourne's markets to sell their produce. The railway carried general goods, potatoes, produce, timber and passengers. The train began to be used for tourist excursions very early in the 20th century, using open trucks with canvas canopies. The Excursion Train carriages that typify Puffing Billy, with the children's legs hanging out of the carriage sides, were constructed for the tourist market about 1919.
- How old is Puffing Billy?
The NA locomotives were constructed between 1899 and 1917. 6A is the oldest operational locomotive, having been built in 1901. All the locomotives have builder's plates that tell you the year in which they were built.
- How fast can Puffing Billy go?
The maximum speed limit is 15 miles per hour (approximately 24 km/h).
- Can I hang my legs over the side of Puffing Billy's carriages?
Passengers are welcome to sit with their legs hanging out of the Excursion Train carriages, provided their bodies are within the bars.
- Does Puffing Billy have wheel-chair capacity on all Excursion Trains?
If you are travelling in a wheelchair, there are limited wheelchair spaces available. Please contact the tour operator before day of travel. Station platforms are not at the same height as carriage doors, however ramps are available to provide easy wheelchair access on many of the Excursion Trains. Please see one of the friendly volunteers on the day of travel for assistance. The wheelchair ramp width is 75cm. Toilets with wheelchair access are located at Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations.
- Can I take a fold up pram on the train?
Yes, but due to the narrow carriage doors, folding or narrow type pushers are the only types of prams which can be accommodated on Puffing Billy.