Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip From Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Get out of the city and spend a relaxing and peaceful day out in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges which is less than an hour from Melbourne by road. In the serenity of the forest, discover unique sculptures of Aboriginal people, and learn about their culture and spirituality, at the wonderous William Ricketts Sanctuary. Enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch at an award winning local restaurant. Explore the majestic forest on a leisurely, short walk,and spot the wildlife. Intimate groups of maximum 3 people, so it's a more personal experience. Tour starts at 10.30am and finishes at 4pm which means you don't have to get up early, and still have plently of time in the evenings to do other things.


  • Small-group tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Lunch included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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Pick up is at a relaxing time of 10.30am, at a very central location in the city, which is St Pauls Cathedral.This gives you time to do other things in the morning including breakfast and coffee.

You will be travelling in a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle, with your tour guide who is knowledgable about the city, the forest and Aboriginal culture. Intimate groups of maximum 3 people, so it's a more personal experience.

Less than an hour from Melbourne city, the Dandenong ranges are a low mountainous region with deep valleys and dense forest. Your first stop will be the wonderous William Ricketts Sanctuary, where you will discover the unique sculptures of Aboriginal people, set in the tranquility of the forest. Your guide will lead you through the sanctuary and give you a background and history of the place, and the inspiration behind it.

After this, you'll make your way to a local award winning restaurant, where you will be presented with a gourmet lunch, that should impress.

You will then meandour through the mountains and make your way to the forest for a short, leisurely walk, where we can experience the beauty and serenity of the forest, and if you're lucky, spot the elusive and elegant Lyrebird.

Finally, head back to the city to be back by around 4pm. This way you'll beat the morning and late afternoon traffic, and you will have plenty of time to rest and do other things in the evening in Melbourne.

Inclusions for Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip From Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

  • Small-group tour
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions for Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip From Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • This tour was amazing!

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

  • 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. :

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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