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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary

Highlights
  • 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
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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
From US$116.33
Overview
Explore the scenic and historic Dandenong Ranges during this 6-hour day trip from Melbourne. Learn about the history of the local Aboriginal people and view their art at the William Ricketts Sanctuary, and take a walk through the tranquil forest before tucking into a gourmet lunch. This small-group tour is limited to only three guests to ensure personalized service and a more intimate experience.
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 gourmet 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.
Reviews (20)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best tour ever

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

Thank janicej767
Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 1 week ago
GOOOOOOOD

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
Thank zyxnyc
Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed December 28, 2018
A great tour

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
1  Thank Inspiration639020
Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 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 December 9, 2018
Great Tour!

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 December 12, 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

Reviewed October 16, 2018
Amazing!

Thank you Jay for an amazing day! This was the highlight of our trip to Melbourne. Your knowledge, passion and insightfulness is inspiring to say the least. William Ricketts Sanctuary left us rather emotional (in a good way). It truly is one of the most...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank connie e
Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Awaken Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

Hi Guys, Thank you for such a wonderful review, it is much appreciated. It was lovely spending the day with you both, and I hope you're nicely settled back into the swing of things. Take care and all the best. Jay

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