Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguin Parade 1 day tour

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    Echidnas are cute but look out for those spikes - Healesville Sanctuary
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    Our most unique animal in Australia - Healesville Sanctuary
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    Kangaroos are always a visitors favourite - Healesville Sanctuary
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    Meet Emily and Hazel at Healesville Sanctuary
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    The station master lets the train know its good to go
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    Travel through lush forest
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    Passenger on the train - Puffing Billy
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Bunyip Tours

See all your favourite Aussie animals at Healesville, step back in time to ride the Puffing Billy steam train and finish the day with an adorable penguin parade

Escape the city for a day to enjoy the scenery and fresh air of the Dandenong Ranges, the unique Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary and adorable Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

Healesville Sanctuary is a zoo that specializes in Australian wildlife and are dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. You can catch a glimpse of some our most elusive, yet super adorable animals, the duck billed platypus and echidna. They also have all your favourite native Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats and dingoes. If you would like to get a little closer you can add on a magic moments experience on the day to have a close-up encounter. Don't miss the "Spirits of the Sky"; discover the majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots in this this spectacular flight show.

In the afternoon you will head to the Dandenong Ranges and step back in time to the 1900’s and climb aboard the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train. The century old steam train has been preserved and continues to run on its original track through lush forest and rolling hills.

It is then time to head to Phillip Island for the world famous Penguin Parade. As the sun sets, watch hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and back to their burrows after a long day at sea. Upgrade to the Penguins Plus viewing platform or underground viewing area for an even better look at these adorable animals! 

What you need to bring: Appropriate clothing for warm and cold conditions, a small blanket/scarf and beanie can be a good idea for the Penguin Parade in winter as it gets cold on the beach, sunscreen, water bottle and hat.


Lunch is not included on this tour. You can pack your own or you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at a cafe in Healesville Sanctuary where you will have the choice of pies, rolls, fish and chips, sandwiches and focaccias.

Photography is not permitted at the penguin parade.

Language APP available for this tour for your iphone or android device to listen to commentary of the highlights available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section.


  • Ride on Puffing Billy
  • Healesville Sanctuary entry fee
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Entry to Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Tours depart

Departs Day Departure time Returns
Melbourne Tues/Thurs/Sat 8:15am 10pm-midnight


From 01/01/2017 until 31/03/2018
Options Nights Price (AUD) Select
Child (0-12 years) 0 $200
Child - upgrade to Penguins Plus Viewing Area 0 $225
Child - upgrade to Penguins Plus Underground Viewing Area 0 $235
Adult 0 $245
Adult - upgrade to Penguins Plus Viewing Area 0 $270
Adult - upgrade to Penguins Plus Underground Viewing Area 0 $280
From 01/04/2018 until 30/03/2019
Options Nights Price (AUD) Select
Child (0-12 years) 0 $210
Child - upgrade to Penguins Plus Viewing Area 0 $235
Child - upgrade to Penguins Plus Underground Viewing Area 0 $245
Adult 0 $250
Adult - upgrade to Penguins Plus Viewing Area 0 $280
Adult - upgrade to Penguins Plus Underground Viewing Area 0 $290

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