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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. 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

Collect some delicious snacks from Belliful of Bliss in Belgrave - and let's face it, you probably need a strong coffee to go with it after that early morning!

Jump onboard Puffing Billy for a scenic train ride over the hill, down the valley and into the forest. Take a leisurely stroll through Emerald Lake Park on the halfway point before returning on the train to Belgrave.

Babajis Kitchen
Babajis Kitchen

Lunchtime

A short walk from Puffing Billy's station you'll find Babaji's Kitchen - perfect 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 & pau bhaji.
Enjoy friendly Indian hospitality in our relaxed and very unique street food restaurant. Take away is also available.

Afternoon

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 finish off a day of exploring.

Belliful of Bliss Cafe
Belliful of Bliss Cafe
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 | approx. 1 hour drive

Yarra Valley to Puffing Billy | 50 minute drive

Puffing Billy to Canterbury International | 30 minute drive

Canterbury International to Melbourne CBD | 30 minute drive

Map and directions

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

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Note: The information that appears is sourced from Google. At this time of rapid change, we encourage you to refer to the individual businesses' websites and/or social media channels to up to date information and any closures due to COVID-19.

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