Dandenong Ranges Tour

Explore nature at its best with a day trip to the Dandenong Ranges & the option to take a step back in time with a ride on the Puffing Billy.
Melbourne, Australia
7 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
What's Included

  • Get up to $10 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A small-group tour to the stunning Dandenong Ranges
  • Explore the rainforest, keeping an eye out for mighty Mountain Ash trees & the elusive lyrebird
  • Indulge in a delicious Devonshire Tea with wattle seed scones
  • Take an optional ride on the historic steam train, the Puffing Billy
  • Discover the quaint mountain towns that makeup this community
  • Transport in a comfortable 12-seater mini-bus
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Melbourne accommodation
What's excluded

  • Lunch
  • Ride on the Puffing Billy steam train
What to Expect

Only 1 hr east of Melbourne is the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Let your guide show you what the area has to offer, and explore nature at its best.


Departing Melbourne, travel east to the first stop – Grant's Picnic Ground – where your first activity of the day will be a short stroll through the magnificent rain forest. If you stay quiet and walk gently, you might even be lucky enough to spot the elusive lyrebird. Otherwise, there is plenty of other birdlife, including parrots to catch your attention. 


After the forest walk, sit down to Devonshire Tea with wattle seed scones while you take in the splendours of this natural wonderland. 


Next, head to the Puffing Billy to drop off the passengers that opted in for the train ride. This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Step back in time as you enjoy this authentic experience, with lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead. It makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.


After Puffing Billy, take a slow drive through the remainder of the forest, stopping to visit one of the quaint villages along the way. Here you will have time to get some lunch (not included) or just browse through the local shops. Then it's time to return to Melbourne. 


Where we Visit:

  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Grant's Picnic Ground
  • Puffing Billy (optional)
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Warm clothes (just in case)
  • Camera (spare battery and memory card – you will need it)
  • Phone charger and cable
  • Comfortable walking shoes
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Terms & Conditions:

  • Route and stops might vary due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Tours may change or be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
  • The Operator does not take responsibility for any injuries sustained whilst on the tour and all activities are done at your own risk 
  • Passengers must be waiting outside the front of your selected pick-up location 5 minutes prior to your pick up time. The pick up time might vary due to traffic conditions and seatbelts MUST be worn while travelling in the vehicle

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip will incur a cancellation fee of 25% tour price (if booked via agent extra cancellation fees might apply)
  • Cancellations within 7 days result in loss of full fee
  • Date or tour changes are permitted up to 7 days prior to the current tour booked, subject to availability
  • Failing to attend the tour, or arriving late at the pickup point will result in loss of all money paid

Pickup Locations
  • Adara East Melbourne
  • Adina Apartment Hotel on Flinders
  • Adina Apartment Hotel Queen Street
  • Alto Hotel
  • Atlantis Hotel
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