Explore the striking beauty of deep, fern-covered valleys and magnificent eucalyptus forests during this full-day journey by coach and rail through the Dandenong Ranges.
Depart the pier for the 18-mile drive east through the suburb of Ferntree Gully, and on to the quaint township of Belgrave. There, you will board Puffing Billy, a vintage, narrow-gauge steam train more than 100 years old. During your rail journey, you can relax and take in wonderful views and photo opportunities of the picturesque scenery as your train weaves its way through the beautiful countryside.
Upon reaching Menzies Creek, you will re-board your coach and proceed for a visit to one of the numerous wineries dotting the region. After a two-course lunch at Rochford Wines (or similar), you will be invited to participate in a wine tasting at the winery. Next, you will cross the Great Dividing Range for a stop at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Regarded as one of Australia's leading parks, Healesville features over 200 species of native wildlife in a natural bush setting. Here, you can get acquainted with the kangaroos, koalas, lyrebirds, platypus, emus, and other uniquely Australian animals that inhabit the bush-like surroundings.
Your tour concludes with a brief orientation tour of Melbourne's most popular sites before returning to the pier and ship.
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. The distance from the pier to Belgrave is approximately 18 miles in each direction. The steam locomotive is not air-conditioned, and may be replaced by a diesel train on fire-danger days.