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Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This tour allows you to spend the day in the Dandenong Ranges and includes a visit to the William Rickets Sanctuary. See sculptures by the Aboriginal people and learn about their history on a walk through the serene forest, then sit down for wholesome lunch at a local restaurant. Group size is limited to three people to ensure personalized attention from your guide with an intimate experience. Round-trip transportation from a central Melbourne location provided.
  • Tour to the Dandenong Ranges and William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • Walk through the William Ricketts Sanctuary to see stunning works of Aboriginal art
  • Eat a wholesome lunch at a local restaurant
  • Pickup and drop-off at a central Melbourne meeting spot
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Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks
Lunch

Departure Point

Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide in central Melbourne for departure. Travel with a group of just three people, which ensures an intimate experience and personalized attention from your guide. 

Climb into a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and head out for the hour-long drive to the Dandenong Ranges. Your day's first stop is the William Ricketts Sanctuary, where you can walk among the trees and view the Aboriginal sculptures in the tranquil forest. Learn about the history of the area and the inspiration behind the sculptures. 

Stop at a local restaurant for a wholesome lunch (included). 

After lunch, drive into the mountains and stop for a walk through the forest. Keep your eyes open for the elusive Lyrebird. 

Arrive back in Melbourne to conclude your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
William Ricketts Sanctuary
In the serenity of the forest, discover sculptures of Aboriginal people that tell the story of their culture and spirituality.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Take a leisurely walk in the main forest of the Dandenong Ranges, where you will be amongst the second tallest trees in the world, the Mountain Ash eucalyptus tree, and the ancient Fern tree forest. Soak in the sights and sounds of this beautiful forest.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Awaken Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers.

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  • "Worth doing if you don’t have a lot of time and want to get outside of Melbourne." See review
  • "The William Ricketts Sanctuary is stunning and mythic and well worth the trip." See review

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Pure magic
Amy
, Mar 2020
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!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Amy, Thanks so much for a wonderful review, and for persisting with tripadvisor. Enjoyed spending time with you both. All the best with everything. Regards, Jay
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A great time
Christiane R
, Dec 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi Christiane, Thanks for a wonderful review, much appreciated. Take care and all the best. Jay
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Well worth the trek!
westlinwind2019
, Sep 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thanks for a lovely review guys, much appreciated. Take care and all the best. Jay.
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Beautiful trip and amazing service
205abdulq
, May 2019
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!
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks Abdul, for an excellent review. It was a fun day. Talk soon. Jay
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Something really special
Road00139058762
, Apr 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Hi Gail, Thanks for a wonderful review. Much appreciated. I looked into Tim Low's song bird research, very fascinating stuff. Thanks for that. Yea, look me up when you're down in Melbourne again. Take care, Jay
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William Ricketts Sanctuary
David K
, Jan 2019
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.
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A great day out!
Pioneer64054817973
, Nov 2018
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.
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We joined this tour on 9 May...
King San L
, May 2018
We joined this tour on 9 May. William Ricketts sculptures mixed with the natural environment very well and inspire us a lot. Thanks for the guide, Jays explanation. He is friendly and considerate. We have lunch in a restaurant where we can see parrots at eye level through windows - an unique experience and the food is nice. Then, walking in Dandenong forest and exploring fern, mountain ash, Lyrebird, parrots that is something new to us who live in city. Relax and fun!
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Quite expensive for what it is, a...
kimerama
, Jan 2018
Quite expensive for what it is, a 45-minute ride out of the city, entry into a national park with commentary and lunch.
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Dandenong and William Ricketts...
Japandrea02
, Aug 2017
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. :
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