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Dandenong Ranges Tours

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Dandenong Ranges
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.
Address: Melbourne 3788, Australia
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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts SanctuaryDay Trips

Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

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This 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 wholesome lunch at a local restaurant. Group size is limited to three people to ensure personalized attention from your guide with an intimate experience. Round-trip transportation from a central Melbourne location provided.
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Half Day Puffing Billy Train Journey From MelbourneFull-day Tours

Half Day Puffing Billy Train Journey From Melbourne

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Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria. First up is traditional Devonshire Tea in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Hear the call of the local lyrebirds, and see crimson rosellas, cockatoos and kookaburras! Next, you’re in for a real treat, a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Top off the morning with a visit to the lovely little village of Sassafras.
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Puffing Billy (Dandenong Ranges & Brighton Bathing Boxes ) ExperienceDay Trips

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.
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'56 Chevrolet 6-Hour Dandenong Ranges Classic Car Private Tour (4 person)Day Trips

'56 Chevrolet 6-Hour Dandenong Ranges Classic Car Private Tour (4 person)

Let me open that door for you! d'Luxe Classic Car Tours offer personalised day tour experiences in America's favourite cars from the fifties for a unique look around Melbourne and its surrounds. Book this full-day tour for a 4-person private scenic drive and experience excursion out of Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges. This tour has a flexible itinerary depending on interests, taste and curiosity! Stops at a selection of well-appreciated locations and providers of gourmet food, country village shopping, galleries and parks. The route there and return includes a short freeway drive along with scenic roads cruising through beautiful hilltop forest, semi-rural townships and country. Duration 6 hours from 10am to 4pm daily.
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Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges inc. lunch with wine,plus morning tea,chocolateDay Trips

Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges inc. lunch with wine,plus morning tea,chocolate

Yarra Valley is known as Melbourne’s wine country but there’s more to this scenic region than grapes. Travel over the Dandenong Ranges, with a professional as your designated driver, and stop in Emerald village for coffee. Then indulge in tastings at four separate wineries, a 2-course lunch with a glass of wine, a chocolate sampling at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, and a visit to the Yarra Valley Dairy.
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Discover Tour: Dandenong Ranges & William Ricketts SanctuaryHalf-day Tours

Discover Tour: Dandenong Ranges & William Ricketts Sanctuary

Get out of the city and have a relaxing day trip in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges Learn about Aboriginal culture through the unique sculptures of the William Ricketts Santuary Enjoy a wholesome and healthy meal at a nearby restaurant Take a leisurely walk through the majestic eucalyptus and fern tree forest and soak in the sights and sounds of nature
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Dandenong Ranges hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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