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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 wholesome lunch at a homely and cosy restaurant. Spend time in nature and explore the majestic eucalyptus and fern tree forest on a leisurely and short walk . Intimate groups of maximum 3 people in the tour, so it's a more personal experience. Tour starts at 10.00am and finishes at around 4.30pm which means you don't have to get up early, and still have plenty of time in the evenings to do other things.
  • Explore the Dandenongs and William Ricketts Sanctuary on this 6-hour tour
  • See Aboriginal art, take forest walks, and learn local history and culture
  • Enjoy a very personalized tour with a limit of three guests per tour
  • Includes lunch and round-trip transportation from central Melbourne
What to Expect
Soon after meeting your guide at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, hop aboard the vehicle with your small group of no more than three people and listen to informative commentary from your guide as you journey into the Dandenong Ranges. The first stop is William Ricketts Sanctuary, where you enjoy a serene walk through the forest and admire Aboriginal sculptures. Discover the inspiration behind the pieces and learn a bit about the local culture. Head to a local restaurant for a delicious, wholesome meal before driving into the mountains. Make your way to the quiet fern tree forest and walk amongst the eucalyptus trees, appreciating the serenity and beautiful scenery while keeping an eye out for the elusive, ground-dwelling lyrebird. Return to Melbourne around 4:30pm, leaving plenty of time to rest up and enjoy your evening in the city.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up time is 10.00am.

The usual pick up location is in front of St Pauls Cathedral on Flinders St, in the city.

Hotel pick up is also possible if staying in the city, or north of the city.

For a request to be picked up from accommodation, please make this request in the notes and provide the name and address of accommodation, while making the booking.

The tour guide will be in contact close to the date of travel, to confirm the pick up location.
Departure Time
10:00 AM
6h 30m
Return Details
Return location is the same as pick up. Near St Pauls Cathedral in the city.
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Drinks
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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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 27 February 2019

What a lovely way to spend the day! Jay, my guide from AwakenTravel was so knowledgeable as we strolled through the amazing William Ricketts Sanctuary. It was magical and spiritual walking along with him as he brought to life the history and meaning of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2019

Hi Susan, Thanks for a wonderful review, I appreciate it. All the best with the rest of the travels, and take care. Regards, Jay

Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

This tour was the highlight of our stay in Melbourne. Jay was exceptionally knowledgeable, extremely patient with our questions and pace of tour, and personalized everything to meet our needs. The restaurant he took us to for lunch was spot on. The art and beauty...More

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Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2019

Hi Janice, Thanks for a great review and kind words, I appreciate it. All the best with the rest of your adventure, and take care. Jay

Reviewed 9 February 2019

Excellent day. Jay could not have been more accommodating. I had a private tour and he met me close to my hotel. It was nice to get out of city and see some of the lovely parkland. The visit to the sanctuary was nice and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2019

Hi Peter, Thanks for a wonderful review, I appreciate it. Take care and all the best. Jay

Reviewed 29 December 2018

Thank you Jay for this very interesting tour. You speak about the sanctuary and things in general with passion and consideration. You are a thoughtful and friendly guide ! We really appreciated the tour. All the best to you ! Michèle

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2018

Hi Michele, Thank you for your kind words, it was lovely spending the day with you guys. All the best to you too. Regards, Jay

Reviewed 9 December 2018

Jay was very informative and and the tour very interesting. There were just 3 of us signed up for the day, so he gave us a private tour. I would highly recommend going on this tour. It's not strenuous and was actually spiritual in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JohnW48
Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Hi John, Thanks for a lovely review. Hope you had a nice time in Sydney. Take care and all the best for the holidays to you and the family. Regards, Jay

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