Tour ID: 10053944
Take a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train through the Dandenong’s, see the adorable penguins at Phillip Island’s Penguin parade, as well as a visit to a koala conservation centre and a visit to historic Churchill Island Farm.
You’ll depart on your adventure from Federation Square East – on the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets, Melbourne – at 8.10 am and accommodation pickups are available on request. This exciting day offers two very unique primary attractions in the one tour and they are both are as delightful as each other. You will start your tour by travel through the picturesque and pristine Dandenong Ranges National Park, immersing yourself in the towering forest canopy of tall eucalypts, including the Mountain Ash – the world’s tallest flowering plant. Listen for the melodic sounds of the lyrebird, crimson rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras and bellbirds that call this beautiful lush green region home.
Wave at the locals as you take an enchanting ride on the quaint old steam train, Puffing Billy, as it twists and winds its way down through some charming little villages and picturesque countryside. Experience the feeling of years gone by as the train’s whistle echoes through the gorgeous surrounds and the steam billows from the engine room. Then you’re off to visit the heart of the Dandenongs – the exquisite Sherbrooke Forest. Handfeed some of the cheeky, colourful birds that pop along to say hello at the Grants Picnic Ground.
Enjoy a refreshing, traditional Aussie style Bush Billy morning tea and sample some of the famous Australian lamingtons, or maybe Vegemite and crackers washed down with a delicious tea or coffee. Fully rejuvenated, you spend some quality time in the beautiful mountain village of Sassafras, which is renowned for its wonderful local crafts and antiques.
After a spectacular morning, you’ll be ready for an equally exciting afternoon, as you re-join your coach and travel through the quaint fishing village of San Remo, then off over the bridge to explore the rugged beauty of Phillip Island. Step back in time on Churchill Farm, as you meander through fragrant cottage gardens and farms of years gone by.
While on this little piece of paradise, you can look and learn about the adorable native local wildlife both in and out of the water. At a local wildlife park, you stroll on the purpose built treetop boardwalk for a bit of koala and wildlife spotting. See these cute, cuddly, wet nosed marsupials – all with the gentle smile of the contented – in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre.
Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does! During every sunset, the world’s largest Little Penguin colony comes ashore through the raging surf, after a hard day foraging in the fish rich waters of this spectacular piece of the planet. Watch them waddle, jump and skip up the beach to re-join and feed their ever-hungry family. During this nightly ritual, these flightless little birds will enthrall you as you observe them from the pristine floodlit Summerland beach. Pure magic.
You’ll arrive back in Melbourne at 11.30 pm in the summer months and 9 pm in the winter months, where you’ll be dropped off at your original pickup location.
Entry to Penguin Parade
Puffing Billy steam train ride
Koala Conservation Centre
Churchill Island Farm
and free Wi-Fi on coach
Lunch - either purchase a boxed lunch at Sassafras or a late lunch (around 3pm) at Churchill island
Dinner - depending on season maybe before or after Penguin Parade
13 to 15.5 hours (seasonal)
8:10 AM Daily
9pm Winter months
11:30pm Summer months
Tour departs from Gray Line Office at Federation Square East (corner of Flinders & Russell Streets) or hotel pickups available on request - please advise hotel name and address at time of booking should you require a hotel pick up and we advise the most convenient location in your confirmation email.
Warm, waterproof clothing as nights are cold in any season
Children 4 – 14 years inclusive (15 and over is an adult, under 4 is free).
Penguin times may vary due to seasonal conditions
Phillip Island and Dandenong Ranges
Add-on a delicious boxed lunch to take onboard with you and enjoy on your journey to Phillip Island.
Adults: $23.00 | Children: $11.50
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