I Puffing Billy private tour


Join us on an I Heart Melbourne Puffing Billy private tour. This is a great tour for all ages. Feed the wild cockatoos and rosellas, a ride through the hills on one the world’s greatest steam trains, maybe a spot of gift shopping in Sassafrass, or go cherry or berry picking when they are in season.

You will travel in a luxury vehicle with panoramic windows, reclining seats and air conditioned comfort with your own private tour guide.

Start time: Departs from your accommodation at 8am

End time: Arrives back to Melbourne 1-2 pm

Arriving into Melbourne on a cruise and wish to take this tour? We can adapt the itinerary for cruise passengers into Melbourne. We will collect you from Station Pier and make sure you get back on board to continue your adventure. Be sure to let us know you are visiting Melbourne on a cruise at the time of booking.

Pricing: From $93 per person. For groups larger than 7 please contact us and we will put together the perfect itinerary for you. The price will depend on group size, dining location and other inclusions.

About this tour: Puffing Billy has to be seen to be believed.  Put quite simply it is magnificent, and it is a guarantee that this train will make your heart sing.  On an I Heart Puffing Billy private tour you will experience one of the world’s finest steam trains as it winds its way through the amazing temperate rainforest sitting in exhilarating open sided carriages.  It’s a Melbourne rite of passage that legs must be dangled over the side!

During the summer season, we can include an additional stop to go berry or cherry picking before heading back into Melbourne.  This is something unique to I Heart Melbourne Tours and you won’t get elsewhere. We are thrilled to bring you this fantastic activity.

This half day tour includes:

  • Morning tea and feeding the wild cockatoos and rosellas.
  • Ride on Puffing Billy through some of the tallest trees in the world and over trestle bridges.
  • Seasonal alterations to the tour: during summer go cherry or berry picking (sampling the goods is obligatory!) and in the winter explore the wonderful hill side township of Sassafrass with its lovely tea rooms and boutique shops.
  • Small private groups allow you to see more off-the-beaten track.
  • Complimentary door-to-door service.

To enquire about booking please email us at info@iheartmelbournetours.com.au and we’ll get back to you super quick.

Optional extras:

  • Making a day of it and visiting the Yarra Valley for lunch and wine tasting
  • An extended ride on Puffing Billy
  • Exploring the Dandenongs and visiting the Skyhigh viewing point and cafe
  • Visiting a lavender farm
  • Taking the William Ricketts forested sculpture walk

We can also run this tour as an halal friendly tour, and also a family friendly tour. Just get in touch and we will adapt it for you.


Here what our guests have to say about taking a Puffing Billy private tour:

We had the perfect day trip – thanks to tour guide, James, He provided a fabulous day for my husband and I in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong region. We arrived into Melbourne for the day on our cruise boat at around 9am and were greeted by James who took us straight out to the Yarra Valley for a fantastic day of wine tasting and indulging in some local produce along with a wonderful ride on the charming Puffing Billy train. Lunch at the Soumah winery was fabulous. We weren’t sure that packing so much into a day trip would be possible since we were only docked at Melbourne for a short while but James was fantastic at tailoring the itinerary to ensure we saw the best of Melbourne and beyond while also putting our nerves at ease that we wouldn’t miss our boarding call! Thanks James, and we hope you’ll come visit us one day in Everett!

– Glenda and Neil, USA

Took 3 full day tours with I heart Melbourne. Spent 2 days with James doing the Puffing Billy, Yarra valley and the City highlights and a day with Bruce at Mornington Peninsula. From the day of the inquiry until the drop off the whole experience was amazing. This is one way to enjoy private tours without burning a hole in your pocket. The places they recommended for lunch were great as well. We would definitely recommend I heart Melbourne if you are looking for a personalized experience and we are sure that you will be left with some great memories just like we were!

– Prerit, Singapore

Dear James, thank you. Caity and Adrian had an absolute blast. You made their trip so enjoyable they just couldn’t stop singing your praise. You did an amazing job. And thank you for the photos. I can’t believe you got Caity to hold those birds as she is so frightened! This will be a photo to remember. Thanks again xx

Sharan, Sydney

I booked a tour with I Heart Melbourne for my mum and her friend .. James was very helpful in helping to organise the tour for my mum. Communication was excellent and my mum and her friend had a fabulous time. Bonus for me was the fact James sent me some photos of my mum on her tour .. Thank you James for making the organising so easy for me!

Angela, New Zealand

Had a great afternoon yesterday on a tour with James to the Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy. Very comfortable ride and a much better, and cheaper, option than going on a big bus tour. James was very accommodating and happy to stop for us in the charming little village of Sassafras. A very relaxing and pleasant day.

– Sue, Queensland

We had a wonderful trip with James in the Yarra valley, Dandenong and puffing billy steam train. There was seven ladies for James to deal with and he did so brilliantly, all had a wonderful day out and the wineries he chose for us to visit and have lunch were all amazing.

– Karen & pals, Australia 


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