Tours & Activities

Dandenong Ranges Private Day Tour

Experience the captivating beauty of the Dandenong Ranges, a stunning escape less than an hour from Melbourne. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of lush fern glades and towering mountain ash forests. Explore quaint towns like Sassafras, Olinda, and Belgrave, offering designer shops, cozy tea rooms, and delicious eateries.

Discover magnificent gardens, including the Mount Dandenong Botanical Gardens and the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in spring. Indulge in a delightful lunch by the warm open fires, letting the golden glow and rustic ambiance enhance your dining experience. Hop aboard Puffing Billy, a preserved steam railway, and breathe in the cool mountain air as you traverse the picturesque Sherbrooke Forest.

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges burst into life with the arrival of spring, creating a vibrant and enchanting wonderland, offering a refreshing escape from the city. Awaken to a landscape adorned with a kaleidoscope of blossoms and a symphony of birdsong, a true feast for the senses. Immerse yourself in the rejuvenated fern glades and revel in the lush mountain ash forests as they stretch towards the sky.

Discover the charming towns of Sassafras, Olinda, and Belgrave, where the essence of spring infuses every corner. These quaint havens are filled with blooming gardens, unique boutiques, inviting tea rooms, and delightful eateries. In Sassafras, make sure to visit Miss Marple’s Tearoom, where you can savor the delights of a traditional Devonshire tea. Meanwhile, Tealeaves beckons tea enthusiasts with its exquisite collection of the finest loose-leaf teas in Australia. In Olinda, explore Mangana for unique homewares that radiate the charm of spring.

Indulge in the splendor of Australia’s most magnificent gardens. The Mount Dandenong Botanical Gardens, also known as the Rhododendron Gardens, offer a breathtaking spectacle during spring. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and a plethora of magnificent trees that adorn the landscape, providing a year-round visual delight. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden and Cloudhill, where the garden’s blooms create a captivating backdrop for a leisurely stroll. And, if you’re fortunate enough to visit during spring, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival will astound you with its riot of colors.

Embark on an enchanting journey aboard Puffing Billy, a preserved steam railway celebrated as one of the world’s finest. As you traverse the timber bridges between Belgrave and Gembrook, revel in the crisp mountain air that fills the open-sided carriages. Allow yourself to be captivated by the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest, where nature’s springtime palette unfolds before your eyes.

As the sun sets, retreat to the warmth and comfort of cozy open fires that cast a golden glow.  Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Dandenong Ranges and let the vibrant colors and the promise of new beginnings ignite your senses, creating cherished memories of a springtime escape just moments away from Melbourne.


  • Mount Dandenong scenic drive
  • Villages of Sassafras, Olinda and Belgrave
  • Stunning Gardens and Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Spring
  • World famous Puffing Billy steam train
  • Gourmet  2 course lunch at a delightful restaurant
  • Pick-up and return to your hotel or private address
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Mount Dandenong scenic drive
  • Villages of Sassafras, Olinda and Belgrave
  • Entry into all gardens and entry into the Tesselaar Tulip Festival
  • Ride on the world famous Puffing Billy steam train
  • Gourmet  2 course lunch at a delightful restaurant
  • Flexible and fully customised itinerary
  • Luxury vehicle with complimentary bottled water


  • Warm jacket, sturdy footwear