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If you are in rush and would love to explore multi Victoria’s tourist places on the same day, Puffing Billy and Phillip Island “Combo” day trip is perfectly designed for you. On the same day, you’ll have a chance to visit the Victoria’s Dandenong forest ranges as well as experience the beauty of Australian beaches and the Penguin Parade.
We visit Puffing Billy in the morning, and then will head to our second tourist destination, the Phillip Island in the afternoon.
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 Rosella 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 Fern tree 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.
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, 40 kms 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.
Every evening at dusk, the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves – across the beach – to the sand dunes – the Little Penguins come almost close enough to touch as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthral you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk.
- Spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay
- Westernport Bay – water birds and mangroves
- Panoramic views of French Island
- San Remo – maritime fishing village
- Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
- Cowes by the sea – a popular holiday resort for over 100 years
- Stop for dinner at Cowes (own expense)
- The Nobbies – a rugged rocky outcrop
- Seal Rocks – home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals
- Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach
- Inspect the Visitors Centre – an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
- See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
Note : Please bring comfortable walking shoes and windbreaker as the Southern Ocean winds can get cold!
Include entrance fee to Phillip Island and Puffing Billy ride