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Overview
Explore the scenic and historic Dandenong Ranges during this 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 wholesome lunch. This small-group tour is limited to only three guests to ensure personalized service and a more intimate experience.
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You'll start at
St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
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  • 1
    William Ricketts Sanctuary
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 2
    Dandenong Ranges National Park
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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You'll end at
St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, AustraliaAt the bottom of the steps of the main entrance on St Pauls Cathedral, on Flinders St.
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Highlights
  • Explore the Dandenongs and William Ricketts Sanctuary on this day trip
  • 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 in central 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 in the late afternoon, leaving plenty of time to rest up and enjoy your evening in the city.
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Important Information
Departure Point
St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Duration
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
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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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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KarenECS wrote a review Mar 2020
St. Paul76 contributions54 helpful votes
The William Rickets Sanctuary, the lunch and the forest walk were each amazing--and each was enhanced (along with the car ride!) by the conversations with Jay. We highly recommend this trip. In addition, we subsequently booked a private tour with Jay to the Mornington
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Responded 14 Mar 2020
Hi Karen, Thanks for a great review, much appreciated. Enjoyed spending time with you both, and the walk to the rugged bushrangers bay was memorable. Enjoy the rest of your time here, and safe travels. Cheers, Jay
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Patricia T wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a fantastic day with Jay. He picked us up from the hotel early and took us straight up to the sanctuary where he gave us a personalised tour of this magnificent outdoor display of art incorporated into nature. He explained the spiritual significance of the work
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Hi Pat, Thanks for a great review. It was lovely hanging out with you both, and the walk back in the rain was quite something. Hope you're nicely settled back at home. Take care and all the best, Jay
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explorerJLW wrote a review Mar 2020
San Rafael, California23 contributions31 helpful votes
Jay was very informative about William Ricketts Sanctuary. He made it interesting describing the history of how and why the Sculptures were made. He explained the symbolism and spirituality behind them. William Ricketts lived with the Aborigines for several years and fought for
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Hi Jessica, Thanks for a lovely review. Hope your Australian adventure has gone well. Take care and all the best. Regards, Jay
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Jim wrote a review Feb 2020
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
If you like a passionate, intelligent and highly motivated tour guide then Jay at Awaken tours will fill the bill nicely. The William Ricketts Sanctuary is an amazing place. Jay, your tour guide makes sense of it and makes it come alive. He only takes 3 people at a time usually.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Responded 1 Mar 2020
Hi Jim, Thanks for a beautiful review, it is very much appreciated. Hope you both are well. All the best to you and the family. Regards, Jay
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klumpkin wrote a review Jan 2020
36 contributions11 helpful votes
Our trip out of the city and into nature with Jay was fantastic from start to finish. He offered to pick us up at our hotel and arrived promptly on time, and then we had a lovely conversation about our trip, questions we had about Australia, and many other things on the way out
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Jay_Aggarwal, Owner at Dandenong Ranges Private Tour Including William Ricketts Sanctuary
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Hi Guys, Thanks for such a lovely review. Enjoyed spending the day with you both. Safe travels and all the best for this year and beyond. Cheers, Jay
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TheViking2017
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Special day out....
A wonderful day out with Jay, he was really excellent and we immediately warmed to him, he has great knowledge and
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GratefulMemories
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Thoughtful and Friendly Guide
We booked two (private) tours with Jay from Awaken Tours - one to the William Ricketts Sanctuary and the Dandenongs
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Friedto
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William Ricketts sanctuary
We thank you for giving us such a great tours to William Ricketts sanctuary and the cool template rain forest tour.
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Margaret M
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Wonderful trip to the Mountains
There are so many places to visit close to Melbourne, but the Dandenong Ranges are tricky to get to if you are usin
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SixtyplusOldBar
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A moving experience!
Jay is your guide for this tour, the highlight of which is the visit to the William Ricketts Sanctuary. Jay's knowl
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Sue C
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Wonderous and spiritual experience
Our last day before returning to the UK we took the trip with Jay. For me, I could not have imagined a better expe
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R M
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Excellent Day with Jay
I really enjoyed this trip - the William Ricketts Sanctuary was a very cool experience, and our walk in the Ranges
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globetrekkerphx
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Lovely day in the Dandenong Ranges
We booked a tour for four with Jay at Awaken Tours. Normally, he only does tours for three people, but he made spec
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abis1994
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Peaceful and insightful day with a brilliant host
I did this tour with Jay in mid December, and it was fantastic! I was slightly worried about doing a tour on my own
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Marian S
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Jay is very knowledgeable about the sanctuary and the uniqueness of the aboriginal culture and history
The sanctuary is amazing - Jay made the experience very special and there were many moving opportunities to see how
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Tani710
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A tour of Discovery and connection.
Highly recommend this tour. I have been wanting to experience the William Ricketts Sanctuary for some time. Jay's
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Philly M
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Beautiful nature, history and food experience.
I went on a tour with Jay a few weeks ago and i recall it as a great experience of learning and relaxation. The Wi
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teacharo
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Interesting and peaceful
It was a wonderful day trip with Jay.He shared all his knowledge about aboriginal people and about the visionary Wi
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TL1708
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Great day out
Really interesting trip to the William Ricketts Sanctuary. The sculptures are outstanding and the sanctuary is deli
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260132catherine
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Fun Day
We wanted to experience nature outside of the busy city and this tour really enabled us to do that. Jay, our guide
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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