Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

On this half-day small group Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne, you’ll head east from the city towards Mount Dandenong to experience the stunning scenery, lush rainforest and quaint villages this region is renowned for. Enjoy a nature walk at Grant’s Picnic Ground, a delicious Devonshire tea, hand feeding of parrots, and a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train – an activity that’s been cherished by Melburnians of all ages for decades. You’ll be back in Melbourne in time for lunch.


☆ Experience the natural beauty of the Dandenong Ranges

☆ Enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea

☆ Hand feed parrots and other native birds

☆ Ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train

☆ Be back in Melbourne in time for lunch and have your afternoon free

☆ Maximum group size: 11.


☆ Guided small group tour with commentary

☆ Comfortable air-conditioned transport

☆ CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable guide

☆ Puffing Billy steam train ride

☆ Devonshire tea (scones, tea and coffee).

What you can expect

This morning Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne is a very relaxed way to experience the beauty of the Dandenongs, located on the outskirts of Melbourne. You’ll be picked up from your CBD accommodation and head east from the city towards the Dandenongs. The drive takes around an hour, depending on traffic.

First stop on this Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne is the picturesque Grant’s Picnic Ground – a wildlife-rich area within the Sherbourne Forest. After a short walk through the tranquil bushland, you’ll enjoy a delicious Devonshire morning tea of homemade scones, jam and cream. You’ll also have the chance to hand feed some of the local parrots and rosellas.

No visit to the Dandenong Ranges would be complete without a ride on iconic Puffing Billy. The steam train travels between Belgrave and Gembrook, giving those on board the chance to dangle their legs over the side and enjoy the passing landscape.

The remainder of this Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne encompasses a leisurely drive through quaint local towns and villages, with stops along the way to explore. You’ll arrive back in Melbourne around 1pm – just in time for lunch and an afternoon free for more city sightseeing.

Pricing, dates and bookings


Runs: Daily
Departs at: 7am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and St Paul’s Cathedral

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address.


Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

This tour operates with a minimum of four participants. Your booking may be on request initially (unless minimum numbers have already been reached). We should be able to confirm the tour within a day or two. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.

Hotel pick-ups are generally between 6.30 and 7am.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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