Puffing Billy, Wildlife Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour from Melbourne

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Enjoy a full day of heritage, beautiful scenery and wildlife encounters!

The Dandenong Ranges are home to some of the most beautiful temperate rainforests in Victoria. Dotted with small towns, this area is vastly untouched and offers a chance to really get back to nature. Your trip on Puffing Billy will take you through towering gullies, under huge ancient ferns and up winding hills, giving you the best views of the area.

Next you will have the chance to see Australia’s most iconic wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary. Wander the Wallaby Walk where Kangaroos roam free or spot the sleepy Koalas.

Towards the end of your day, our guide will take you to the world-famous Penguin Parade to watch hundreds of Little Penguins arrive at dusk. See them waddle up the beach to their nesting grounds for a rest before returning to sea the following day. Don’t forget to take a walk along the many board walks and paths as you might be able to see them up even closer!

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Duration: 12 to 14 hours
Starts: Melbourne, Australia
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours



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Enjoy a full day of heritage, beautiful scenery and wildlife encounters!

The Dandenong Ranges are home to some of the most beautiful temperate rainforests in Victoria. Dotted with small towns, this area is vastly untouched and offers a chance to really get back to nature. Your trip on Puffing Billy will take you through towering gullies, under huge ancient ferns and up winding hills, giving you the best views of the area.

Next you will have the chance to see Australia’s most iconic wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary. Wander the Wallaby Walk where Kangaroos roam free or spot the sleepy Koalas.

Towards the end of your day, our guide will take you to the world-famous Penguin Parade to watch hundreds of Little Penguins arrive at dusk. See them waddle up the beach to their nesting grounds for a rest before returning to sea the following day. Don’t forget to take a walk along the many board walks and paths as you might be able to see them up even closer!

Itinerary
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Stop At: Puffing Billy Railway Lakeside Station, Emerald Lake Rd, Emerald VIC 3782, Australia

All aboard for a trip back in time! See the magnificently restored Puffing Billy Steam Train, maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. Wind through the beautiful green forests of the Dandenong Ranges taking in spectacular scenery and views.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Victoria 3912 Australia

As a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of native Australia animals, you will have the opportunity to see some of the country’s most iconic wildlife. See Wombats, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus, Koalas and Dingoes while you wander through the park.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: The Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

Can you spot one of the local Fur Seals lazing on the rocks? Enjoy stunning panoramic views across the the Island’s coast and out towards the Bass Strait.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks – Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd Summerlannds Estate, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

Wait in anticipation for the nightly spectacle which is the Penguin Parade. Watch as hundreds of Little Penguins emerge from the surf and waddle up the beach to their nesting grounds. Our guide will help you get the best seats possible and point out the visitors centre which is full of interesting exhibits and information. Don’t forget to grab yourself a souvenir from the gift shop!

Duration: 2 hours



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