Dandenong Ranges Tour

Discover the Verdant Landscape of the Dandenong Ranges

Just an hour’s drive from the city is the verdant landscape of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, part of the Great Dividing mountain range which runs the entire length of the east coast of Australia. The Dandenongs are also home to ‘Puffing Billy’. Operating since 1900, this fully restored steam engine is Australia’s oldest surviving and most famous steam train. With lush fern gullies brushing past, and Mountain Ash towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.

Re-live the romance and charm of the bygone days of steam as you travel back in time on this historic, narrow-gauge railway on its original mountain track.

Wonder Through Local Townships

Visit quaint townships nestled amongst the magical treeferns such as Sassafras and Olinda, where you can spend time browsing through the many wonderful art and craft shops. Or perhaps journey to the summit of Mt Dandenong for stunning views over the entire metropolitan Melbourne. Guests can stroll through the ancient rainforest at Grant’s Reserve and hand feed a variety of native Australian birds.

Inclusions and Highlights

Tour Highlights:

  • The incredibly scenic Puffing Billy steam train
  • Mount Dandenong tourist drive
  • Craft and antique shops
  • Sky High Lookout
  • Gardens and magnificent nature walks
  • Grant’s Reserve where you will hand-feed native birds

Tour Inclusions:

  • Puffing Billy steam train
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Local guide providing expert commentary
  • Luxurious private vehicle with complimentary water

Tour Duration

4 Hours (approximately)

Departure time

At guest’s convenience (09:00 or 13:00 recommended)

All tours are private and inclusive of luxury vehicle/professional local guide/complimentary water/pick up and return to any requested Melbourne address

Enhance your Experience

Family/Active:

  • Exclusive tractor tour and orchard tasting with farmer Len at Rayner’s stone fruit orchard
  • Behind the scenes tour at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
  • Up close encounters with the wildlife at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

Cultural:

  • Visit William Rickett’s Sanctuary – a place of great beauty with its emotive Aboriginal sculptures set amongst towering eucalypts and ferns