This fun tour introduces you to the delights of the Dandenongs, low forested mountains east of Melbourne. Expect gorgeous scenery with sparkling waterfalls, steep slopes, ferny hollows and soaring trees.
Stop at Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness, for a sumptuous Devonshire Cream Tea. Meet and hand-feed beautiful Australian birds such as the crimson rosella, sulphur-crested cockatoo and pink-chested galah – a perfect photo-opportunity!
Your next adventure is a ride on the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train. Step back to the early 1900s as you travel on this vintage railway through the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy magnificent views and look out for wildlife as you trundle along the track. What a great ride!Last stop on the tour is the pretty village of Sassafras where you can browse the quaint antique, art and craft shops for souvenirs of the Dandenongs.
Your delightful Puffing Billy Craft Shops & Devonshire Cream Tea tour starts when you are picked up from your hotel or from Federation Square in Melbourne.
You will travel in a comfortable coach through Melbourne's eastern suburbs heading for the beautiful Dandenong Ranges 35 km east of the city. On reaching the hills you will stop at Grant’s Reserve, nestled in a valley. Here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – a real treat!
Grant's Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you'll be serenaded by the wonderful birdsong from the forest. You can also hand-feed colorful Australian birds such as the crimson rosella, sulphur-crested cockatoo and pink-chested galah. Gaze up at the magnificent mountain ash trees – the tallest flowering plants in the world.
Next, you will travel the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you'll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.
You'll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook.
From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You'll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for lyre birds and wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.At the end of the excursion, you’ll return to Melbourne. You have the option of being dropped off at your city hotel or at a central location such as Federation Square or Swanston Street. Your driver will ask guests for their drop-off locations towards the end of the tour.
Start time: 0810h (08:10am). Please confirm hotel pick-up time with local activity operator
Duration: 5 hours
Pick up from most Melbourne city hotels.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alternative pick-up location: Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Russell Streets, Melbourne.
You will be dropped off at your Melbourne hotel or you can ask your driver to drop you off at a central location such as Federation Square or Swanston Street
Dress for the weather. Don’t forget to bring the camera
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please carry a copy of your voucher with you.
For hotel pick-up please wait in hotel reception, or outside the hotel, 10 minutes prior to pick-up time
Fuel levies may be introduced when required. Should this occur, charges will be payable direct and subject to change without notice
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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