Puffing Billy Steam Train and Wine Country in Style
Food, wine and wildlife await you just an hour's drive from Melbourne, in the picturesque Yarra Valley. Known for its world class wineries and radiant countryside the Yarra Valley epitomizes Victoria in all its splendour. Tour highlights include the Puffing Billy train ride through the Dandenongs; spit roast lunch with wine at Fergussons Winery and the visit to Domaine Chandon Winery.
This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun and the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. You'll then be spoiled with some great Aussie food and glass of wine for lunch and go on to taste wines from some of Victoria's leading wineries. We'll get your day started with a journey through Melbourne's eastern suburbs and views of the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.
The Dandenong Ranges, also known as the Dandenongs, are beautiful mountain ranges just 35kms east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 630 metres and are wrapped in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to numerous arts & craft stores and cafés.
Grant's Reserve & Morning Tea
Right in the heart of the Dandenongs is Grant's Reserve – a gorgeous spot to take a break. You'll be greeted by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you'll enjoy a traditional Aussie billy tea with vegemite, crackers & lamingtons.
Handfeeding the Bird Life
The Dandenongs is a haven for bird life and while at Grant's Reserve you can handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Pink-chested Galah. You'll also be entertained by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley.
Puffing Billy Steam Train
Next you head to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for some fun! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. Here you'll go back in time as you get on board for a 30 minute ride through the heart of the rainforest. You'll head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay.
Yarra Valley Wineries
The scenery en route to the Yarra Valley is just spectacular with the Great Dividing Range as the backdrop. When you arrive in Victoria's premium wine growing region, you'll visit Rochford Winery and another two leading wineries for wine tasting, appreciation and education. Of the many wineries in the area, you may visit estates such as Dominique Portet, or Domaine Chandon. Each has earned an international reputation for excellence and offer cellar-door tastings of their award-winning selections of Australian wine.
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