The "Puff" part of the tour involves visiting the Dandenong Ranges National Park, where you get to explore the rainforest, feed cockatoos and are treated to a lovely scone and Bush Billy Tea. After this, we were taken on the bus to Belgrave station to board the Puffing Billy train to explore the Ranges even further. It's obviously not your typical train, there are no glass windows, rather there are rails so you can lean out the window or even sit on the window with the rails keeping you in. For this particular tour, you get off the train at Menzies Creek station and get back on the bus to head off to Sassafras.
Sassafras is a small town with a population of just over 1,000. It's here you'll find cute little craft shops and cafes and Miss Marple's Tearoom - a cafe that pays homage to Agatha Christie's famous character, right down to the building itself being designed as an old English cottage.
After visiting Sassafras, you are taken back to the Melbourne CBD where you make the switch to the "City" part of the tour. First, you drive past the MCG and Melbourne Park (or at least my tour group did due to the MCG being the finish line for the Melbourne Marathon Festival the next day) before making your first stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens are absolutely beautiful, however, you won't have enough time on the tour to explore every square inch of them.
After our visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, we headed off to St Kilda via the Bolte Bridge, taking in the views of the city and learning more about St Kilda on the way. We eventually stopped at St Kilda for a short break to get something to eat, take in the nearby sites such as Luna Park and the Palais Theatre, as well as Ackland Street. Although we were given about twenty minutes to half-an-hour to wander and get something to eat, it's not really much time when you find a place to eat and have to wait for service.
We then headed through the suburbs of Elwood and Brighton, learning more about them before stopping at Brighton Beach for a photo stop to take pictures of the beautiful Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. These beach boxes are absolutely beautiful and you wouldn't think that they've been around for over 100 years. We then passed Albert Lake, the site of the Formula One Grand Prix on our way back to our accommodation.
Overall, this tour was the best way to see the sites of Melbourne and the Dandenong Ranges in a day.