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Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy Train Ride and Penguin Parade

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Key Highlights

  • See Australian wildlife including platypus, koalas and kangaroos at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ride Australia’s oldest steam railway, the Puffing Billy Steam Train
  • Connect to Phillip Island and experience the world famous penguin parade
  • Upgrade your Penguin experience for access to exclusive viewing area and private boardwalk
  • Hotel transfers available from the inner city hotels in Melbourne
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!
  • Overview

    Experience the best that Victoria can offer with this guided tour from Melbourne. A great tour Travel in a luxury coach and head to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary set in the native bushland. Famous for spotting the shy duckbill platypus, you will also see unique Australian wildlife like koalas, kangaroos, wombats and echidnas.

    Drive past the scenic Blue Dandenong Ranges and board the historic Puffing Billy, a restored steam train whistling its way through the picturesque hills.

    End your tour with some penguin love as you head to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin parade. You can upgrade your tour to enjoy exclusive viewing area and access to private boardwalk.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday


    12 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel in Melbourne, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you havn't booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.

    Ending Point

    Tour concludes at 570 FLinders Street


    You will be picked up from your hotel in Melbourne and driven to 570 Flinders Street where you will meet your guide. Once seated in your air-conditioned coach, you will depart for Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary.

    • Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary:
      Upon your arrival at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy close encounters with Australian wildlife including the duck-billed platypus which is only found in the Eastern seaboard of Australia. See wallabies, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and more than 200 native birds in a natural bushland environment and learn about their characteristics and habitats through animal shows and exhibits. One of the major highlights of the sanctuary is the 'Spirit of the Sky' show where birds will entertain you with their flying skills.
    • Puffing Billy train ride:
      Ride over the old Trestle Bridge and enjoy stunning views and marvellous photo-opportunities from the open carriages. You will alight from the train at Menzies Creek and continue with the coach tour.
    • Penguin Parade at Phillip Island:
      In the late afternoon, travel to the Phillip Island visiting picturesque coastal scenery of The Nobbies. Continue to Summerland Beach for the highlight of the day - the internationally renowned Penguin Parade. Phillip Island boasts one of Australia’s largest colonies of Little Penguins. Each night, these delightful birds – the world’s smallest penguins – toddle ashore to the safety of their burrows in the dunes after their daily fishing expedition. This penguin homecoming is one of nature’s most enchanting spectacles.

    You may upgrade your tour to the exclusive Penguin Plus experience. This includes priority seating at the Penguin Parade as well as access to the “Penguins Plus” boardwalk. With Penguins Plus seating you are placed in a high penguin traffic area, close to the ground, and will enjoy a more intimate experience than from the main viewing platforms. It also gives you a complimentary hot drink and a souvenir gift.

    After the parade, you will return to your accommodation in Melbourne.

    You will re-board your coach and head for your next adventure at Belgrave. Enjoy a 30-minute ride on the Puffing Billy, one of the world’s best preserved locomotives. Take a seat in the century-old red carriages and trundle through lush Sherbrooke forests. The Puffing Billy train is still running on its original mountain track through the Dandenongs since 1900.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel transfers
    • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
    • Puffing Billy steam train ride
    • Access to Penguin Parade
    • Penguin Plus (if option chosen)
    • English speaking guide
    • Luxury coach travel


    • Meals
    • Gratuities
  • Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    We recommend that you wear appropriate clothing for all weather conditions and bring snacks & water bottle.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    This activity is adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 4 years will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.

    Luggage restrictions: small hand luggage of maximum 5kgs.