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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.

EARLY MORNING

(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

Lunchtime

Only a 10-minute drive from Belgrave station you will find Paradise Valley Hotel, located along the Puffing Billy railway line. Their skilled chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you with our seasonal fresh produce. From classics you can’t live without to modern and innovative dishes, they have a menu ready to cater to anybody’s tastes, and a drinks menu sure to satisfy.
Be seated on the enclosed bistro deck, where they boast an immaculate view of the historic steam train as it passes by. Get a little closer to the action and grab a seat in the beer garden or enjoy a quieter dining experience inside the newly redesigned bistro with a modern atmosphere touched by the rustic history of the building itself.

Paradise Valley Hotel
Paradise Valley Hotel

Want to make a night of it?

Relax with stylish, convenient & affordable accommodation at ibis Melbourne Glen Waverley. The hotel offers an ideal location close to both the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley, and provides an excellent base for those heading out early for a balloon ride!

ibis Glen Waverley
ibis Glen Waverley - only 30 minutes from Puffing Billy

Melbourne CBD to Yarra Valley | 1 HOUR
Yarra Valley to Puffing Billy | 50 MINS
Puffing Billy to ibis Glen Waverley | 30 MINS
ibis Glen Waverley to Melbourne CBD | 30 MINS

Map and directions

Refer to the map below to start planning your day out!

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