Tour ID: 10053779
This is a fabulous day out, be transported back in time as you board Puffing Billy and then stop and taste some of Australia's best wines. Everywhere you go you will be surrounded by stunning scenery be sure to remember your camera.
Join us for a day of travelling aboard the famous Puffing Billy steam train and winery hopping through the spectacular Yarra Valley. Soak up the scenery and enjoy the fresh air before sipping some of Australia's finest wines in the shadow of the stunning Dandenong mountains.
• Travel on board the historic Puffing Billy steam train
• Journey through beautiful mountain ash forests and lush fern gullies
• Spot wildlife from the comfort of your carriage
• Visit highly renowned wine producers, including the Rochford and Dominique Portet wineries
• Learn the art of wine tasting at top rated wineries
• Enjoy a leisurely day of great food, great wine and great company
Start the day with a convenient hotel pick-up, before boarding the century-old Puffing Billy steam train for an unforgettable journey through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy is a genuine relic from a more leisurely time, and still travels along the original mountain railway track built to develop rural areas in the early 1900s. This historic journey offers spectacular views and an unforgettable travelling experience. Opportunities for stunning photos are plentiful, so don't forget to pack a camera!
Next stop: the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's finest wine producing regions, and we will spend the day visiting renowned wineries and sampling their wonderful produce. The Yarra Valley is also an area of striking natural beauty, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Dandenong mountains and Great Dividing Ranges. The area boasts a wonderful climate, and it is this that makes it such a great wine-growing region. The cool air is particularly suited to high-quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling varieties.
Rochford wines produce some of the best sparkling wines around, and offer a full experience at their five-star rated winery. James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016 Edition awarded Rochford their highest rating for the second year in a row! We will visit the winery and sample some of the fine wines produced there.
The Dominique Portet wine-making dynasty has it roots in 18th century Bordeaux, and ten generations of family experience and wisdom go into their celebrated wines. Now firmly established in the Yarra Valley, a visit to this winery allows another opportunity to learn about the art of wine-making and sample some of the best wines in Australia in charming, picturesque settings.
The day will continue with more wine tastings and stunning scenery as we travel through the Yarra Valley in our comfortable air-conditioned coach. An optional winery lunch is possible as an add-on for those who would like to sample some of the region's fabulous fresh produce as well as its stunning wines.
All you need to bring along are comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle. Make sure you charge your camera so you can capture the natural beauty along the way and make memories of the elegant wineries visited and friends made along the way.
- Wine Tasting
- Puffing Billy steam train
- Air conditioned coach travel
7:45 AM Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Please indicate which PICKUP LOCATION you would like to be collected from: (list in accommodation box when booking)
7:10 am Atlantis Hotel – 300 SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE
7:20 am Crown Metropol – 8 WHITEMAN ST, SOUTHBANK
7:45 am Federation Square – CNR RUSSELL/FLINDERS ST, MELBOURNE
7:20 am Holiday Inn – 575 FLINDERS LANE, MELBOURNE
7:25 am King Street Backpackers – CNR KING & LITTLE BOURKE ST, MELBOURNE
7:00 am Rydges Carlton – 701 SWANSTON ST, MELBOURNE
7:20 am Rydges Melbourne – 186 EXHIBITION ST MELBOURNE
7:15 am Sofitel On Collins – 25 COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE
7:00 am YHA Melbourne Metro – 78 HOWARD ST, NTH MELBOURNE
Comfortable walking shoes, Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat, Water bottle, Camera and Jacket in cooler months
All children up to the age of 12 years pay the child price, including young infants. Please ensure that you add them to the booking form as children.
Add Ons: Winery lunch $40
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
Winery Lunch in the Yarra Valley
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