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Take a ride on Australia’s oldest steam train and visit the Dandenongs’ tourist attractions.
We visit the famous Burrinja Gallery where you will have the opportunity to learn more about aboriginal culture. We will also visit Grant’s Reserve along the way to hand feed rosellas and other native parrots, then our coach will take you to the village of Sassafras.
Drive around the fringes of the Dandenong Ranges as you pass through Ferntree Gully and onto the quaint old village of Belgrave. Here is where the Puffing Billy Steam Railway starts. Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world.
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Puffing Billy departs from Belgrave station, chugging through forest and mountainside, past houses and historical sites, to Emerald National Park. This century-old steam train, staffed entirely by volunteers, continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, 40kms east of Melbourne.
Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.
All aboard for the exciting trip up through the forests of the Dandenong Ranges bound for your destination Emerald Lake. If you like you can stop over at Menzies Creek, for a look at the Railway Museum (not included in cost). It would also mean catching the next train. On arrival at Emerald Lake you may take the time to visit the Model Railway Exhibition (at your cost) if open.
Lunch (at own cost) at The Lake.
After lunch we will continue on through the back of the Ranges to the beautiful Yarra Valley and on to Montrose and then up and over the Dandenong Ranges via the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road.
We then return approximately 5.00PM.
Duration: 9am – 5pm
Includes Puffing Billy Ride from Belgrave to Menzies Creek.
Includes Puffing Billy Ride fare from Belgrave to Menzies Creek.