Mount Dandenong, Australia
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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English


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.
  • 6-hour tour to the Dandenong Ranges and William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • Walk through the William Ricketts Sanctuary to see stunning works of Aboriginal art
  • Eat a gourmet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take a walk through the serene forest
  • Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Small group of just 3 people
  • Pickup and drop-off at a central Melbourne meeting spot
Meet your guide at St. Paul's Cathedral in central Melbourne at 10:30am for departure. You'll be traveling with a group of just 3 people, which ensures an intimate experience and personalized attention from your guide. 
Climb into a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and head out for the hour-long drive to the Dandenong Ranges. Your day's first stop will be the William Ricketts Sanctuary, where you can walk among the trees and view the Aboriginal sculptures in the tranquil forest. Learn about the history of the area and the inspiration behind the sculptures. 
Stop at a local award-winning restaurant for a gourmet lunch. 
After lunch, drive into the mountains and stop for a walk through the forest. Keep your eyes open for the elusive Lyrebird. 
Arrive back in Melbourne around 4pm.


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, Jan 2019

An informative journey to an off the tourist trail location. Our guide Jay was enthusiastic and engaging throughout and the sanctuary as well as old growth forest walk afterwards both proved rewarding. Worth doing if you don’t have a lot of time and want to get outside of Melbourne.

, Nov 2018

Jay was a wonderful tour leader who has an extensive knowledge of what he is showing, His driving was excellent and for interstate people it is good to have cultural experiences and enjoy the relaxing beauty of the Dandenongs whilst in Melbourne. Thanks Jay for a memorable day and for looking after us so well.

, May 2018

We joined this tour on 9 May. William Ricketts sculptures mixed with the natural environment very well and inspire us a lot. Thanks for the guide, Jays explanation. He is friendly and considerate. We have lunch in a restaurant where we can see parrots at eye level through windows - an unique experience and the food is nice. Then, walking in Dandenong forest and exploring fern, mountain ash, Lyrebird, parrots that is something new to us who live in city. Relax and fun!

, Feb 2018

This tour was amazing!

, Jan 2018

Quite expensive for what it is, a 45-minute ride out of the city, entry into a national park with commentary and lunch.

, Aug 2017

Dandenong and William Ricketts Sanctuary 1/2 day tour is a unique, beautiful, and moving experience. There are many perks to this tour: William Ricketts Sanctuary is like nothing I'd ever seen before, and the forests are amazing! Because the tour is limited to three people, you get to hear Jay's extensive knowledge of the aboriginal people, the sanctuary, and the wildlife. And another: the tour doesn't start super early and you are home to Melbourne with plenty of time to enjoy dinner, city life after a super day in nature. This was a wonderful tour in Melbourne.

Suggestion: we went on a rainy day and I did have to buy new Uggs when I got back to the city. Bring some throw-away sneakers or rain boots just in case. Or buy new Uggs if it's muddy. :

, Jun 2017

Being a small group, you can tailor the trip to suit you. We spent an amazing morning at the William Rickett Sanctuary followed by a fabulous lunch by the fire. We walked through the Sherbrooke Forest which was so peaceful then Jay drove me to show off the gorgeous Autumn colours in the Dandenong Ranges which was what I really wanted to see. Jay was so informative about Melbourne, it's history and the Dandenongs. Hopefully I can take another trip when spring arrives if I am still in Melbourne.

, Apr 2017

Excellent tour. Wonderfully knowledgeable guide. The lunch was amazing 5star. Not over taxing walking. Great half day tour. Highly recommended.

, Feb 2017

A pleasant enough day out. Jay picked us up from St. Pauls on time and was very friendly and talkative on the drive up to the Sanctuary. He was very knowledgeable about the sculptures that Ricketts created and the beliefs and values of the people he depicted. Lunch was very nice at a restaurant 2 minutes away. I think it is a bit of a misnomer to describe the day as a 'nature' day trip as the walk in the Dandenong Ranges was simply a stroll along a very well-trodden path in the woods and Jay's knowledge of local fauna and flora was rather limited, focusing very much on trying to spot a lyre bird and the crimson rosella parrot.

, Jan 2017

I did this tour with Jay in mid December, and it was fantastic! I was slightly worried about doing a tour on my own, but with such a friendly tour guide it was brilliant. The tour itself was very well planned, Jay's knowledge on the area and its history was very impressive, he taught me a lot about not only Melbourne's history but also also of other cities and parts of Australia. The William Ricketts Sanctuary is very impressive, and along with Jay's explanations of its development, history and meaning, it is a must to do! I was in awe and admiration of the whole Sanctuary, and I know if i had gone myself I would have missed such crucial parts that Jay taught. The lunch provided was also amazing, I wont ruin the surprise for anyone else, but just ask for the salad!! The walk through the ancient forest was so peaceful and calming after being in the city for a few days! Again Jay's knowledge on the area shone through, teaching me not only about the history but of the plant and wildlife in the area.

This tour is a must do for anyone!! Thank you for a wonderful day!

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