The Puffing Billy steam train is located in the Dandenong Ranges just an hour from Melbourne. The railway line was originally constructed to develop rural areas in Victoria in the early 1900s. The narrow gauge railway line was used to ferry potatoes, carrots, vegetables, fruit and nursery goods grown in the lush and healthy soil of the Dandenong Mountains. Years later after a couple of landslides, a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers assembled together to build new bridges and tracks. Today Puffing Billy is a major tourist attraction that is run entirely by volunteers.
Rustic and relaxed the Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches is a great place to visit with something for the whole family. Shannon Bennett has teamed up with business partner Adam Garrison with the goal to create a gourmet destination. Gary (The Beard) being the Masterchef Australia fan that he is was extremely excited when he heard we would be visiting Shannon’s restaurant and we were certainly not disappointed.
Melbourne is a beautiful coastal city on the Yarra River. It’s bustling city centre has many charming old buildings, thousands of delightful restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of cultural events, performed on the banks of the Yarra River and city streets.