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Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Embark on a full-day adventure through the forests, mountains, and vineyards of Victoria. Enjoy tea and birdwatching in the Dandenong Ranges, and cruise through a verdant landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at cellar-door tastings. Plus, upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings.
  • Have morning tea in the picturesque Dandenongs and hand-feed native birds
  • Taste a variety of wines at three wineries with views overlooking Yarra Valley
  • Savor a 2-course lunch at Rochford Winery accompanied by premium wine (if option selected)
  • Learn about the regions you visit with commentary from a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The scenic ride on the quaint steam train, combined with wine tastings, make for a particularly relaxing day in the country.
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Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in-seat USB, air-conditioning and restroom
Professional Local Guide
Famous Puffing Billy Steam Train ride from Belgrave to Menzies
Extensive Wine Tasting at Rochford Estate, Dominique Portet and Yering Farm Estate
2 course lunch at Rochford Estate (when selected). gf, vegetarian, vegan and Halal options available
Pickup from select Melbourne hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
Learn all about the spectacular Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges with your expert local guid
Opportunities to purchase local produce to bring home!
Japanese and Mandarin audio devices available. Must be requested at time of booking- not guaranteed
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

Departure Time

8:10 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Escape to the country with this delightful day-long tour from Melbourne. After morning pickup at Federation Square or your Melbourne hotel, relax in a comfortable air-conditioned coach as the urban bustle gives way to unspoiled greenery (see Hotel Pickup tab and Itinerary for more details).

After a 25-mile (40-km) drive to the Dandenong Ranges, stop at Grants Reserve mountain café to observe some of the native bird species, including cockatoos and crimson rosellas. 

At the neighboring outpost of Belgrave, climb aboard the well-preserved Puffing Billy steam train — one of the oldest steam trains in Australia. Enjoy fresh mountain air as you chug along through the lovely Sherbrooke Forest toward Menzies Creek.

After your ride, hop back on the coach for a scenic drive to the Yarra Valley — Victoria’s beloved wine region. Stop at Rochford Winery where you can enjoy an optional 2-course lunch with a wine pairing or purchase a meal at the onsite cafe. Visit two other charming wineries for cellar-door tastings of the Yarra Valley’s cool-climate varietals, including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir, and shiraz. 

Your tour will conclude with the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Grants on Sherbrooke
At Grants on Sherbrooke enjoy a delicious homemade Devonshire Tea – warm scones with jam and cream, and tea or coffee. Plus, there's crackers with Vegemite for those brave enough to try!
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Puffing Billy Railway
Ride the Puffing Billy Steam Train for a memorable 30-minute journey on Australia's most notable narrow-gauge railway
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rochford Wines Yarra Valley
Journey into the prosperous heart of picturesque wine country, the Yarra Valley, and visit Rochford Wines to taste some of their award-winning wines. You'll have the opportunity to relax over lunch and a glass of one of their superb regional wines (see Optional Add-on)
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dominique Portet Winery
Tantalize your taste buds at this second winery where you can sample and purchase more wines.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yering Farm Wines
The final stop on your winery tour. Sample a few more wines before jumping back on the coach and heading back to Melbourne.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Melbourne Central
Return to the city and hotel drop offs commence. Please note: This is a guide itinerary which may be subject to last minute changes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Japanese and Mandarin language devices available. You must contact the supplier at least 24 hrs prior to travel to confirm your device. Availability not guaranteed.
  • During the booking process you will be required to choose your hotel pick-up details. If your hotel does not appear in the drop down list the supplier does not pick-up from your hotel and you will be required to contact the supplier to arrange a suitable alternative
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking to ensure you are catered for at your lunch stop (if lunch option selected)
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • Only folding or narrow prams can travel on Puffing Billy due to its heritage carriage doors.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY AAT Kings

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Remember to sit by the sides of the train or you won't get a whole great experience." See review
  • "Give it a go, but you might want to hop back on the seat for the remaining part of the journey." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Steam train ride and the wine tasting
cathysakamoto
, Jan 2020
Steve our driver delivered great service & info about Melbourne in general. Had an enjoyable time with this tour. Would recommend it....
star-5
'S Riding'
neeriding
, Dec 2019
We had a great day.We had lunch at Rochford, food was very delicious. Edward is our.tour guide he is very friendly and professional.
star-4
Fun way to spend the day
Darcie L
, Oct 2019
John, our tour bus driver, went above and beyond to deliver an awesome experience. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The steam train is a fun experience and you can never go wrong with wine tastings. Overall, very fun day.
star-4
Ollie&Steve
Ollie W
, Oct 2019
Edward was our tour guide. The day trip was well organised and a great day out. The three wineries were great. Puffing Billy was fun. Ensure you sit on the station side to get the best views. Edward was excellent.
star-5
SO MUCH FUN!!!
Barbara D
, Sep 2019
Had a great time. The coach was very comfortable, the bus driver and his co-pilot were extremely nice. He was a great driver and I felt at ease with his driving. Started with tea/coffee and biscuits first, got to visit some birds. Then went to Puffing billy, it was a really cool experience. The train ride is just enough to get cool pictures and not be bored of just sitting there. Then off to the Wine Tour portion. It was fun and I enjoyed it very much.
star-5
A Great Day Out - Fantastic Experience
Pioneer67065395786
, Jun 2019
A wonderful opportunity for a group to enjoy themselves and get out of the city for the day. The tour is well worth the money when you see what you have experienced for the day. A great mix of touring with all the visits to the wineries, excellent lunch at Rochford Winery and the experience to ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Would fully recommend that this is a great tour and you will have a great time. Thank you to AAT Kings for their wonderful service and a great driver - Peter. Thank you very much.
star-5
Really nice & enjoyable trip!
Go42222677490
, Jun 2019
Our family enjoyed the trip very much!! The weather was great & to top it up, we had a great tour guide & driver, Peter!! He is very patient, knowledgeable, friendly & selfless. The group that went for the wineries were a fun bunch of people, making the trip even more enjoyable. Overall another great day trip we have done this round, totally looking forward to the next one with AAT Kings to Phillip island on Monday again! ;)
star-4
Melbourne Train Tour
Curious57796138530
, May 2019
This tour was awesome. The driver was great, who provided lots of information. We opted for the lunch as well. It was wonderful. Enjoyed the wineries, however the winery where we ate lunch was probably my least favorite as it pertains to the wine. The last location was the best. We actually bought a couple of bottles at location 2 and 3.
star-5
The office did a mistake with my...
Katharina
, Aug 2018
The office did a mistake with my pick up location so they called and said I can take a taxi and they give me the money for the ride. Then our tour guide Peter was well informed about the Dundenongs and Puffing Billy as he lives in this area. In the Dundenongs we enjoyed a Morning Tea with Scones before feeding Cockatoos. After that we drove half an hour with Puffing Billy wich was very amazing. In the afternoon we did a wine tasting in three totally different wineries which was a possibility to see something about the Yarra Valley.
star-5
Mark from AAT Kings was a great...
MARIA TERESA G
, Jul 2018
Mark from AAT Kings was a great guide. He was hilarious and informative at the same time. Our first stop for tea was beautiful. They served us tea/coffee served with scones fresh out of the oven with cream and jam which was delicious. Puffing billy steam train also gives you wonderful sceneries. Lunch at Rochford winery was really good as well. The winetasting was also so much fun.

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