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  • Address: Melbourne 3788, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily
On a clear day you can see Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges draping the horizon from most places in central Melbourne. Forming the south-eastern border to Melbourne’s famously far-flung suburbs, the Dandenongs are a beautiful mountain retreat just on the city’s doorstep.

The ranges aren’t tall, less than 800 metres (2,620 feet) above sea level, but they’re crowned with breathtaking forests of towering mountain ash and woven with valleys of tree ferns and bushwalking paths. Cute mountain villages offer afternoon tea stops, guesthouses and craft shops, while the Mount Dandenong Lookout has panoramic views over the suburbs to Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.

The legendary Puffing Billy Steam train runs through the ferny foothills from Belgrave, and if you’re lucky you might spot wildlife including wallabies, cockatoos, lyrebirds and koalas on a stroll through the ranges.

Don't miss the popular Sherbrooke Forest area, known for its lush vegetation and for being the home to the lyrebird. The best way to see its beauty is to take the 7km (4.3 mile) Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk through the trees where you can spot all different kinds of birds.

Practical Info

The main tourist villages in the Dandenong Ranges are Sassafrass, Olinda and Kallista. Trains run from central Melbourne to Belgrave at the foot of the mountain, and buses run from here to the mountain towns. From Melbourne, it's an hour or so drive along the Burwood Highway to the Dandenong Tourist Road, which winds its way up the mountain and through the villages.

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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary, Melbourne, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

Get out of the city and spend a relaxing and peaceful day out in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges which is less than an hour from Melbourne by road. In the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.94
Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour from Melbourne

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Travel through the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley wine region on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Have morning tea and see spectacular native birds in the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.27
Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour, Melbourne, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

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Visit the Dandenong Ranges on a day trip from Melbourne that takes you riding through forests of towering mountain ash gum trees and giant tree ferns on the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.27
Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne

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Take a day trip from Melbourne to check out the Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train. At Healesville Sanctuary you’ll meet ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.71
Melbourne City Tour and Phillip Island in One Day, Melbourne, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Melbourne City Tour and Phillip Island in One Day

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Make the most of your time in Melbourne and see all the city’s main attractions in the morning and explore Phillip Island in the afternoon. On this small-group ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $193.60
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission, Melbourne, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne from high above Port Philip Bay and the Yarra River during a scenic ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Get a ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $26.57
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne ... 
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne Attraction Pass

Take in the best bits of Melbourne and Victoria with this great-value super saver deal, combining three best selling tours into one money-saving package. ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $219.41
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Private Experience, Melbourne, Super Savers
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Private Experience

For a truly memorable celebration in Melbourne, book your own private cabin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel including your choice of high tea or a ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $91.52

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