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Puffing Billy Craft Shops & Devonshire Cream Tea

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Key Highlights

  • Explore some of the loveliest rainforest in Australia
  • Handfeed colorful Australian birds
  • Enjoy a delicious Devonshire Cream Tea
  • Ride Australia′s oldest steam railway
  • Go craft and antique shopping in Sassafras village
  • Stunning photo-opportunities
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

    Duration

    5 hours

    Start time

    08:10am. Please confirm hotel pick-up time with local activity operator

    Meeting Point

    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.

    Ending Point

    The tour concludes at Federation Square.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    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.

    Itinerary

    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 where the tour concludes at Federation Square.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking driver/guide
    • Bird-feeding at Grant's Reserve
    • Devonshire cream tea
    • 30 minute ride on Puffing Billy

    Exclusions

    • Hotel Drop off
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • A very enjoyable day with a great tour guide

      We had a very lovely day in the dandenongs with a well paced tour and a very informative and helpful tour guide...

      Sue Rodger
    • Enjoyed Devonshire tea and drivers commentary

      Although the weather was not the best I enjoyed the puffing Billy's train ride...

      Vivien A Kuur