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Dandenong Ranges & William Ricketts Sanctuary Tour

1. Dandenong Ranges & William Ricketts Sanctuary Tour

You will begin your tour at St. Paul's Cathedral at 10 AM and then travel 45 minutes outside the city into the lush Australian forest. Along the way, spot several quaint villages and lovely gardens, and watch as the city dissolves into thick foliage. Upon arriving at the Dandenong Range, explore William Ricketts Sanctuary. This tranquil forest sanctuary is adorned with sculptures of Aboriginal life. These sculptures form a narrative, which tells the story of Aboriginal culture and spirituality. After exploring the sanctuary, pause to have a wholesome and healthy lunch at a cozy nearby restaurant. Afterwards, your tour will continue with a relaxing walk through a majestic eucalyptus and fern tree forest. Soak in the sights and sounds of nature under the shade of this lush forest canopy. Finally, drive down the mountains back to the city, where you will arrive at 4:30 PM.

iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

2. iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

Learn why Melbourne's motto is "she gathers strength as she goes," and other fascinating urban trivia with your Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass. This sightseeing pass provides you with entry to many of the city's premier locations, letting you experience 3, 5, or 7 city highlights during a flexible 3-month period. Select the number of sightseeing destinations you wish to explore, and then discover them for yourself during a convenient 3-month period. Choose from an impressive array of Melbourne's sightseeing tours, cruises, watersports, and wildlife encounters. Included Attractions: • Melbourne Skydeck • Phillip Island Nature Park - 4 Park Pass• Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Legoland Discovery Centre • Cook's Cottage • Moonraker Dolphin & Seal Tour (Seasonal) • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and Garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour• Entermission Melbourne

From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Hike and Alcohol Tasting Tour

3. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Hike and Alcohol Tasting Tour

Get out of the big city on this day trip to the Dandenong Ranges and Victoria’s famous Yarra Valley. Enjoy a 4-mile hike through towering forests, indulge in delicious wine tastings, and visit Matilda Bay Brewery and Four Pillars Gin Distillery. Begin your day with a quick ride from Melbourne to the stunning Yarra Valley. Follow your guide through the beautiful Eastern Sherbrooke Forest's Mountain Ash trees and wetland ferns. Keep your eyes peeled for the many lyrebirds, wombats, wallabies, and echidnas that call the forest home. After getting your appetite up, head to one of the Yarra Valley's favorite wineries, Innocent Bystander, for a snack and some wine tasting. Skip over the road to visit the craft beer brewery Matilda Bay before jumping back in the van to visit the popular Payten and Jones Winery. Top the day off with a visit to Four Pillars. This small craft gin distillery has received the title of the world's leading gin producer two years in a row and produced unique and interesting gins. After you've picked out some gin to take home, head back to Melbourne with your guide.

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What people are saying about Dandenong Ranges

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 224 reviews

I was one of two travellers on this trip. Jay was able to tailor to our needs and requests which resulted in an excellent personalised tour. William Ricketts Sanctuary was a fabulous experience and Jay's knowledge was excellent. The time spent there is really up to the travellers and we spent an amazing 3 hours because there was so much to learn and absorb. I highly recommend a visit to this amazing place. The sculptures are excellent and tell a fascinating story. We also had a fabulous lunch!

It was a fantastic tour. The William Ricket Sanctuary is amazing, would love to go again. Our walk in the cool tempered rainforest was refreshing and we saw some huge trees. Jay our guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to understand the story behind the sanctuary very well!

Highly recommended!

A truly exceptional experience, thanks to Mr. Jay’s vast knowledge of the area and deep connection to it. I can’t imagine a better introduction to the Dandenong Ranges and William Ricketts Sanctuary.

everything was perfect. a fresh walking in dandenong ranges, wholesome lunch and very touching william ricketts sanctuary. plus Jay, tour guide, was very kind and knowledgeable for our tour.

It was great. The guide was very informative and personable.