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Be up before the sun and rise above the clouds in a hot air balloon. Grab some caffeine before travelling over the hill, down the valley and into the forest on board a century-old steam train. Explore a historic museum that houses over 80 exhibits before sitting down for morning tea. Sample South Indian Street food before finishing off your day at a hidden gem in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.


(pre-dawn, really)

Enjoy a spectacular balloon ride with Global Ballooning over Yarra Valley - a world-class experience.

A champagne breakfast is included in your ballooning ticket.

Global Ballooning
Global Ballooning

Morning tea time

Jump onboard Puffing Billy for a 30-minute journey from Belgrave, passing over the historic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge and through the forests of the Dandenong Ranges, before arriving at Menzies Creek station. Here, we invite you to visit the Menzies Creek museum which houses over 80 exhibits, including rare operational steam and diesel locomotives, carriages and a rail tractor. After a wander around, you can sit down and enjoy your morning tea from the Little Toot Cafe. Find out more about Train, Museum & Morning Tea.

Your return train journey brings you back to Belgrave just in time for lunch!

Puffing Billy Family Being Served At Menzies Creek Museum Cafe
Puffing Billy's Little Toot Cafe


A short walk from Puffing Billy's station you'll find Babaji's Kitchen - the perfect place to stop in for a feed after a day exploring the hills. You'll feel like you’re sitting in tropical South India with their home-style Keralan curries, specialty dosa and street food favourites – including pani puri, papdi chaat and pau bhaji.
Enjoy friendly Indian hospitality in their relaxed and very unique street food restaurant. Take away is also available.

Babajis Kitchen
Babajis Kitchen


After returning to your car, make your way back to the city through the Eastern Suburbs and call into Canterbury International Hotel in Forest Hill. Centrally located, this hidden gem offers a range of sweets and beverages (along with hotel rooms, obviously). Rest your legs at the secluded verandah, a perfect spot to finish off a day of exploring.

Puffing Billy - Teenage Girl Looking Out At View From Open Sided Carriage
Puffing Billy - Teenage Girl Looking Out At View From Open Sided Carriage

Melbourne CBD to Yarra Valley | 1 HOUR
Yarra Valley to Puffing Billy | 50 MINS
Puffing Billy to Canterbury International Hotel | 30 MINS
Canterbury International Hotel to Melbourne CBD | 30 MINS

Map and directions

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