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Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour provided by Gray Line Melbourne

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Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour

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Take a half-day tour from Melbourne that features a ride on the historic Puffing Billy steam train. You also stop for morning tea made in Australian fashion, see crimson rosellas and king parrots, check out the artisan village of Sassafras, and travel through the Dandenongs. Upgrades are available to include a Melbourne City Tour or the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.
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    Grants Picnic Ground
    Stop: 50 minutes -
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  • 2
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 3
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
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  • Includes morning tea and train ride
  • See the Blue Dandenongs from the Puffing Billy train
  • Upgrades available for a city tour or to see the Penguin Parade
  • Transportation provided from central Melbourne by air-conditioned coach
Important Information
Departure Point
MELBOURNE DAY TOUR CENTRE, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
12h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Puffing Billy train ride
  • Morning tea (Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons and Vegemite with crackers)
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi on board
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel drop-off (depending on option taken)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Please confirm with the supplier exact pickup time at time of reconfirmation
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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shamsul amri I wrote a review Mar 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia95 contributions71 helpful votes
We got picked up at 730 am. First stop at the forest Park with a hot tea and vegemite plus crackers. Adrian is our guide, excellent guy with lots of knowledge and very pleasant. The train ride is for 30 minutes, great way to pass through the hills with a gorgeous view. The
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sarahvictoria4567 wrote a review Feb 2020
Essex, United Kingdom67 contributions24 helpful votes
We got picked up at 7 am and back to hotel at 1 am. It's was a long day, however is was brilliant. The puffing Billy morning was fun, and included a 30 minute journey on a proper old fashion steam train. Few other stops which were all good. Coach was clean and comfortable,
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Response from Voyager13111280227, Marketing at Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Dear sarahvictoria4567, Thank you for your review. The Puffing Billy train ride is a perfect way to experience the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges as you travel by steam train through the lush temperate rainforest. The final stop in the small town of Sassafras is a perfect opportunity to take a stroll down the street or grab coffee or take-away before returning to the city. The Penguin Parade tour is a fantastic option for those seeking a wildlife experience as there is opportunity to see koalas and even hand-feed kangaroos. At eye-level view, the underground viewing section provides a unique experience for guests to witness the penguins as they emerge from the water. This tour is a fantastic option for those who are looking to maximise their time if their days in Melbourne are limited. Thank you for travelling with Gray Line and we hope to see you on-board soon. Best wishes, Camilla
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eus57 wrote a review Feb 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
So glad I did this. A great way to spend a morning. Tour guide Adrian shared lots of interesting facts and information. Really enjoyed the tea break, billy can, cakes and first taste of Vegemite! Guards, Station Master and volunteers were really helpful with lots of photo
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from MiaL1503, Manager at Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour
Responded Feb 10, 2020
Hi there Llewynevie! Wonderful! Thank you so much for your review :D Adrian will be delighted to receive your comments. Having a fantastic guide can really elevate the tour experience to the next level. Our Driver Guides take such pleasure in sharing their knowledge and passion for Melbourne and surrounds. It makes conducting their tour a lot easier when they love what they do and genuinely care about the safety and enjoyment of guests. Regards, Jane
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Barb D wrote a review Feb 2020
Rockford, Illinois, Usa23 contributions2 helpful votes
We did the Puffing Billy Train & the optional Penguin Parade. It was 8am to 1 am! Based on what I read I thought it was done at 8pm. Train was fun ride & we stopped at a cute place for morning tea & delicious scones! The afternoon was nice with stops to see wildlife, views
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Response from MiaL1503, Manager at Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour
Responded Feb 8, 2020
Hi Barb D! The morning Puffing Billy and afternoon/evening Penguin Parade tour is indeed a long day, particularly during the summer months when Penguins arrival can be as late as 9:00pm during the longer days. If guests are limited for time though, then this combination tour is ideal to experience two very different destinations. If you can please provide additional details on where you read information about this tour finishing at 8:00pm, we can request for it to be updated for accuracy. Thank you for taking the time to submit your review :) Warm regards, Jane
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Jessica H wrote a review Feb 2020
Miranda, Australia13 contributions5 helpful votes
We're a family of 2 Adults and 2 children (5, 8 years). The coaches were 5*, comfortable, air conditioned and I was IMPRESSED with the disability access! The coach captains are knowledgeable, have great service and are great drivers!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from MiaL1503, Manager at Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour
Responded Feb 5, 2020
Dear Jessica H We are delighted to read your comments - thank you for the positive review :) Our premium coaches are ideal for day trips being purposely built for sightseeing. In addition to what you have mentioned, it is very handy to have onboard features like a restroom, reclining seats, USB port, more leg room and complimentary WiFi (just to name a few more). Many of our highly trained Driver Guides have been with the company for numerous years and really love what they do. Safe travels, Jane
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By: Gray Line Melbourne
Not to be missed
Terrific experience with this tour operator. Our bus driver's conversation with us was engaging with his many first
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Lovely day
A long day, full of memories. Pace of trip nice. Free wifi, comfortable ride, friendly guide Gary v.
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Full day, smooth scenic journey, well paced. Gary v (guide) was friendly and entertaining. Thanks. Value was go
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Good day out
We went on a day trip to the Great Ocean Road in southwest Victoria. It's a long day and quite tiring, but we didn'
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Good tour of sovereign hill but time wasted at ballarat
Coach pick up at various hotel to take you to central departure at federation square to change coach for the variou
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Nice tour
Good value. especially if you don’t feel like renting a car a driving long distances. Being able to sleep most of t
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Great tour!
Really enjoyed the tour! Watched little penguins rushing to the shore. Also had fun in the petting zoo with koala b
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An amazing, unforgettable experience on Phillip Island!
I enjoyed every moment of this day tour to see Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. Deb, our bus driver and guide
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Sandy R
Excellent tour. Informative. Great commentary. How cute are the koalas. Looking forward to see the penguin parade.
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Amazing value and service
High class very comfortable coach to make the drive comfortable including wonderful, I retesting, and helpful commu
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LONG but beautiful sights!
Visiting the 12 Apostles is amazing but it felt like the Last Supper! The guide talked the ENTIRE time and we had w
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Amazing day!
An amazing day with Dave our great guide. We stopped to Anglesa, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. The place for our le
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A Great Tour!
An excellent tour led by the friendly and very knowledgeable guide, Dave.V. His recommendations at each stop ensure
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A long but wonderfully satisfying day.
This excursion was highly recommended by my sister, who lives in New Zealand, so when I decided to spend a week in
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Fantastic driver and tour guide!
Took the Sovereign Hill tour today and had the best driver and guide. Adrian was fantastic with his knowledge and p
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Key Details
  • Duration: 12h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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