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  •  Day Trips
  •  Dandenong Range, Melbourne, Phillip Island
  •  Puffing Billy with Penguin Parade Full Day Tour Departs from Melbourne

Puffing Billy with Penguin Parade Full Day Tour Departs from Melbourne

  • Dandenong Range, Melbourne, Phillip Island
  • English
  • 13-15 hours (vary by seasons)
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Transport from/to selected hotels
  • 2. Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers,
  • 3. Historic steam train ride,
  • 4. Koala Conservation Centre
  • 5. Penguin Parade with general viewing
  • 6. Free Wi-Fi on coach
From AUD
$242.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Transport from/to selected hotels
  • 2. Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers,
  • 3. Historic steam train ride,
  • 4. Koala Conservation Centre
  • 5. Penguin Parade with general viewing
  • 6. Free Wi-Fi on coach

Not included

  • 1. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 2. Souvenirs
  • 3. Travel Insurance
Destination Dandenong Range, Melbourne, Phillip Island
Depature point ● Departs: daily*, all year round
* Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December)
● Departure Point: Melbourne
● Departure Time^: 08:10
^ Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included before departure time. Must be pre-booked.
● Arrives back at approximately 21:00-23:30 (Vary by seasons)
How to get there Complimentary transfer from/to selected pick up locations included. Please advise your choice of pick up location at the point of booking and make your own way to that location for pick up on the travel date.
Check-in requirements Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time at your booked pick up location. There might be 5-10 minutes delay depends on the traffic on the day. If you think the pick is late or you are not being picked up, please call The Service Provider and quote your confirmation number to double check.
What to bring/wear ● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Warm, waterproof clothing as nights can be cold on the island in any season.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Camera
● Money/credit card for optional purchases
Other info ● Tour
-The Penguin Parade is a natural phenomenon taking place in the open outdoors.
-There is limited time for lunch in between the tours. We highly recommend purchasing a take-away lunch in Sassafras (on the morning tour) to take with you on the coach. Alternatively, we offer a boxed lunch option to enjoy on your journey to Phillip Island.
-The morning tour concludes at Federation Square at approximately 13:00. The afternoon tour then departs at 13:15 with the next opportunity to purchase food at approximately 15:00 during the stop at Churchill Island.

● Child Policy
- Infants travelling on a Public Day Tour aged between 0-3 will be given an allocated seat and be seated in a Child Restraint Seat subject to availability. Child Restraint Seats will be available for hire or the customer may supply their own.
- Children aged 4-7 travelling on a Public Day Tour must be seated in an allocated seat and wear a seat belt. Booster Seats are available as an option for hire or the customer may supply their own. Children aged 4-7 must not travel in the first two rows of the coach on a Public Day Tour

● General
-Itineraries, prices and days of operation are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. A fuel levy may apply when world oil prices exceed the allowance in the fare.
-State and territory laws require all passengers to wear seat belts in seat belt equipped vehicles. The service provider is not responsible for monitoring this requirement.
-Parents, guardians or the client are required to ensure all children wear seat belts in seat belt equipped vehicles.
-The service provider is not responsible for the provision, installation and securing of children and child booster seats, capsules and child restraints. Parents, guardians or the client are responsible to provide, install and secure all child restraint and booster seats.
-The service provider is not responsible for the behaviour and safety of children when not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
-Customers are responsible for their own physical safety at all venues and locations.
-Parents or Guardians are responsible for the safety of children at all venues and locations. The service provider reserves the right to deny travel where a risk to customers, public or staff is perceived.
-Passengers must be able to ensure their own safety and enjoyment on the tour (including any stops and venues visited) and passengers with special needs must be accompanied by a carer or assistant where necessary.
-Passengers travelling in a wheel chair must travel in the wheel chair unless a spare coach seat is available.
-Wheel chairs will only be unloaded at stops which are longer than 15 minutes.
-The service provider is not responsible for the anchoring of the wheel chair.
-No illicit drugs or alcohol are to be consumed on any service provider's vehicle.
-Smoking is not permitted on any service provider's vehicle.
-The service provider reserves the right to eject any passengers behaving in an inappropriate, offensive, intoxicated or destructive manner from the vehicle or to stop the vehicle until the relevant behaviour ceases or the situation is otherwise resolved. This may include requesting that police or other relevant authorities attend.
-Passengers and the person booking are responsible for any damage they directly or indirectly cause to the vehicle. Examples of damage include vandalism, food or beverage spillage and breakage of interior or exterior fittings.
-To the extent permitted by law, service provider reserves is not responsible for any damage or soiling of luggage.
-The service provider is not a bailee in respect of any lost property left on service provider's vehicle and does not guarantee the security of any lost property.
-The service provider recommends that all customers obtain an appropriate Travel Insurance policy.
-Pending tide conditions on the river, the cruise may need to go in the opposite direction.
-The service provider reserves the right to modify or cancel tours and bookings leading up to and on the day of travel due to road, weather or other operational needs warranted at the time and will always be in the best interest and safety of all clients.

2 Overview

Two very different attractions and both as delightful as the other! Ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train in the morning and then at sunset, witness the natural phenomenon of the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Rainforests, colourful birds, quaint villages in the hills and a ride on an old steam train affectionately called 'Puffing Billy' makes up your morning with Gray Line. Enjoy an Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with the compliments in the Dandenong Ranges National Park and spend time in beautiful Sassafras known for its local craft and antiques. In the afternoon, re-join the coach for your native wildlife experience of spotting koalas in their natural habitat at Koala Conservation Centre and seeing the Penguin Parade at sunset on Summerland Beach at Phillip Island.

Puffing Billy with Penguin Parade Full Day Tour Departs from Melbourne

 

Puffing Billy

Affectionately called "Puffing Billy", this steam train operates on a narrow gauge heritage railway in the beautiful Blue Dandenong Ranges. It was also one of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the 1900s. These days, "Puffing Billy" enjoys a more leisurely life taking visitors for a scenic ride through the rainforest. Its preservation is one of the finest made possible by hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

 

Phillip Island

A natural treasure for wildlife and a haven for family activities and motorsports enthusiasts, this little island of just 26km long and 9km wide has plenty to offer. Phillip Island's rugged coast, spectacular beaches and stunning landscape makes for an unforgettable experience all year round. Be amazed by the local residents; the famous little penguins, cuddly koalas, bashful wallabies and kangaroos, playful seals and abundance of bid life.

 

Highlights 
  • Morning Tour
    • Tour departs Federation Square at 08:10 
    • Travel through the Dandenong Ranges National Park with its towering mountain ash forest, traditional gardens and home to the lyrebird
    • Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
    • See colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots (opportunity to hand feed) at Grant's Picnic Ground
    • Enjoy morning tea Aussie style with a Bush Billy tea and the chance to sample some Aussie food favourites - lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers
    • Ride through the forest from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, the most scenic section of the original steam locomotive's journey
    • Pass numerous quaint villages noted for their cafes, craft shops and beautiful gardens
    • Stop and explore Sassafras, home to a range of local crafts and antiques
    • Tour returns to Federation Square at 13:00 approx.

     

  • Afternoon Tour
    • Tour departs Federation Square at 13:15 
    • Visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense)
    • Get up close to kangaroos with the opportunity to feed (own expense)
    • Admire the resident koalas
    • Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
    • San Remo - maritime fishing village
    • Look for birdlife at the island wetlands (seasonal)
    • Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
    • Koala Conservation Centre - look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
    • The Nobbies - a rugged rocky outcrop with an excellent boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins' homes (shoulder/summer months)
    • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from the general viewing area
    • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
    • Inspect the Visitors Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
    • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season and at own expense)

 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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