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Dandenong Ranges
Dandenong Ranges

Dandenong Ranges

Free admission
Open daily
Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd Treemont, Melbourne, 3788

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Nature at its best
christopher_r, Nov 2021
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Awesome nature immersion saw kangaroo lyre bird kookaburras cockatoos and many smaller birds amongst giant eucalypts
star-5
Pure magic
Amy, Mar 2020
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
I have wanted to go to the William Rickett's Sanctuary ever since I saw photos from there over two decades ago. I traveled across the world to see it and it did not disappoint. Jay was extremely knowledgeable and explained the significance of the place including both land and sculptures. He gave plenty of time to absorb this magical place. Afterwards, we had a delicious lunch followed by a walk in the woods. What a perfect day!
star-5
A great time
Christiane R, Dec 2019
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
I had a private tour with Jay and it was a great tour. It was very informative and the guide was as receptive to questions as possible. I highly recommand this tour.
star-5
Well worth the trek!
westlinwind2019, Sep 2019
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
The William Ricketts Sanctuary is stunning and mythic and well worth the trip. Our guide Jay was entertaining, jovial, and well informed. This was a highlight of our Melbourne stay.
star-5
Beautiful trip and amazing service
abdul_s, May 2019
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Dandenong forest was amazing! i have been to 1000 steps but didnt get the chance to visit forest and the sanctuary which is why i booked this tour. it was incredible and Jay was very helpful and kind. he brought some homemade fennel tea which was the best tea i ever had!
star-4
William Ricketts Sanctuary
David K, Jan 2019
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
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.
star-5
A great day out!
Fiona_B, Nov 2018
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
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.
star-5
Something really special
Gail_P, Apr 2019
Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
My friend and I went on the tour on 1 April, the day was overcast to start, but refreshing cool. Jay was a fantastic tour guide, prompt, efficient, a really delightful young man. His knowledge and passion for the William Ricketts Sanctuary was exceptional, really engaging us with the man behind the works, his relationship with our First Nation people, his life and his beautiful art. The experience was a once in a lifetime one. Lunch was perfect! Delicious, well prepared in a magical setting. The walk through the Sherbrooke Forest amongst majestic mountain ash eucalypts was stunning, we lucked seeing crimson rosellas and even a couple of lyrebirds! The drive was comfortable both ways, and we arrived back at our hotel refreshed, inspired and looking forward to the next visit to Melbourne when we can join Jay again for another adventure. Thank you SO much. We had a great time.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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