Dandenongs Tours

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Victoria's Dandenong Ranges lie just east of Melbourne and overlook the Yarra Valley wine region, offering a mountain retreat on the city's doorstep. What the peaks lack in size—the highest are under 2,620 feet (800 meters) above sea level—they make up for in scenery, such as ash forests, valleys of tree ferns, and wild bushlands. 

The Basics
The Dandenongs' lush landscapes are ideal for hiking, cycling, and bushwalking, but one of the most popular ways to get around is the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train. Tours from Melbourne often include highlights such as the Mount Dandenong Lookout, with its panoramic views over Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay; wildlife spotting at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary or William Ricketts Sanctuary; and wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temperatures can reach over 86°F (30°C) in summer, so be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and insect repellent. There may be lots of walking, so bring comfortable shoes.
  • Facilities at the Dandenong Ranges Visitor Center include restrooms, a shop, a café, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Mount Dandenong National Park has wheelchair-accessible trails, as well as TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs available to rent. 

How to Get There
The Dandenong Ranges are located roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Melbourne. Trains run from central Melbourne to Belgrave, a major town at the foot of the mountains. From there, buses connect to the mountain villages of Sassafrass, Olinda, and Kallista. By road from Melbourne, it's a 1-hour drive along Burwood Highway to the Dandenong Tourist Road, which winds its way up into the mountains and through the villages.

When to Get There
Summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit, although temperatures can reach upwards of 86˚F (30˚C) and the area can get busy, so it's recommended to book accommodations and activities in advance. Autumn (March through May) and late spring (November) bring the best weather for outdoor activities, while the winter months (June through August) offer cheaper prices on accommodations and activities, plus fewer crowds. 

Outdoor Activities in the Dandenongs
The trails around Mount Dandenong offer a variety of terrains for hiking, running, and bushwalking, as well as horseback riding and cycling. Head to Dandenong Ranges National Park to walk the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track, the Olinda Creek Walking Track, and the Living Bush Nature Walk; explore the popular Sherbrooke Forest area; or visit highlights such as One Tree Hill, the Thousand Steps, or the Kokoda Walk.
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Address: Melbourne 3788, Australia
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Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne

Embark on a full-day adventure through the forests, mountains, and vineyards of Victoria. Enjoy tea and birdwatching in the Dandenong Ranges, and cruise through a verdant landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at wineries cellar-door tastings. Plus, upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$128.27 USD
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Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Explore the delightful Dandenong Ranges with this family-friendly day trip from Melbourne. Chug through an emerald forest aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train, and enjoy a traditional Aussie ‘billy’ tea and bird feeding among the fresh mountain scenery. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and koalas.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$128.27 USD
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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

This 6-hour tour allows you to spend the day in the Dandenong Ranges and includes a visit to the William Rickets Sanctuary. See sculptures by the Aboriginal people and learn about their history on a walk through the serene forest, then sit down for a gourmet lunch at a local restaurant. Group size is limited to 3 people to ensure personalized attention from your guide and an intimate experience. Round-trip transportation from a central Melbourne location provided.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$117.27 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Mount Dandenong Trail Running Tour Including Breakfast

Lace up your shoes and head out on a half-day running tour of Mount Dandenong. Take in the beautiful forest scenery as you run up and down the hills for 10 kilometers to reach the top where you can see aerial views of Melbourne. Spot native wildlife along the way and enjoy a delicious breakfast and coffee at a local cafe before heading back to the city.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$109.21 USD
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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne

Experience Australian wildlife and rainforest up-close and personal with a full day trip to Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train from Melbourne. Explore Healesville’s bushland setting with an experienced guide, and meet animals that range from koalas to kangaroos, dingos to monitor lizards. Watch birds of prey and parrots perform in a remarkable show, and learn about local conservation efforts. Soak up the wild atmosphere of a mountain rainforest while riding a century-old steam train along scenic tracks before returning to Melbourne.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$116.54 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission

Take a spin around the Melbourne Star for breathtaking views of Melbourne and surrounds. From a height of almost 400 feet (120 meters), gaze down on urban landmarks as you circle the observation wheel in a comfortable passenger pod. By day, look for Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance. Ride at night to enjoy sparkling city lights and the dazzling effect of millions of LED bulbs on the wheel itself. Upgrade to an encore package to experience both!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Melbourne Sightseeing Tour

See the best of Melbourne in a day on this action-packed sightseeing tour. By opting for a private tour, you won’t waste time waiting around for other travelers, and can customize your itinerary based on your interests. Potential highlights include Mount Dandenong, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Yarra Valley winery tastings, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park, and Brighton Beach Boxes. You’ll travel between dispersed sites in a private vehicle with fascinating commentary along the way.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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2-Day Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Luxury Vineyard Resort Stay

Experience the delights of the Yarra Valley with an indulgent 2-day spa break at the luxurious Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort. Expand your knowledge of Australian wines with expert-led wine and Champagne tastings, enjoy a delicious lunch of regional specialties and make the most of the tennis courts, swimming pool and gym. For the full experience, add on a massage or spa treatment (own expense) at the Natskin Spa Retreat. This small-group tour has a maximum of 24 people and includes overnight accommodation and round-trip transport from Melbourne.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$250.67 USD
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne Attraction Pass

Get acquainted with Melbourne's top attractions with this super saver combo. Take a full-day road trip on Australia's famous Great Ocean Road, then spend a full day exploring Healesville Sanctuary, Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy. With your Melbourne Attractions Pass, get entrance to two of four Melbourne's premier attractions - Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel OR  Eureka Skydeck 88 and the Melbourne Aquarium. Take your day tours within a 7-day period; the attractions pass is to be used at your leisure. 
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Melbourne City Tour and Phillip Island in One Day

Maximize your time in Melbourne with a great-value full-day tour, combining the best bits of the city and Phillip Island. Spend the morning touring Melbourne landmarks like Federation Square, St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Kilda Beach, then visit the Eureka Skydeck 88 for a spectacular aerial view. After lunch (own expense), tour the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, get up close to Aussie wildlife at the Koala Conservation Centre, then watch the sunset Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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$203.76 USD
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Puffing Billy (Dandenong Ranges & Brighton Bathing Boxes ) Experience

This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun amidst some of the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. The journey will take you through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with views of the Dandenongs in the distance.Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train for memorable journey on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway. Enjoy lush ferns and dense forests of the neaby Dandenong Ranges.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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