The rich soils and elevation of the Dandenong Ranges, the result of an extinct volcano last active some 200 million years ago, provide the perfect conditions for some of Melbourne’s best ornamental gardens, plant and flower nurseries and landscape designers, some who have even won gold presenting Australian Show Gardens on the international stage.

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Hidden away in a dense inlet along the winding Mt Dandenong Tourist Road is the internationally renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary. The sanctuary is not only one the Dandenong’s more iconic experiences, but one of the most inspiring and tranquil places on the mountain.

Woolrich Lookout

Woolrich Lookout, with its stunning views of the Yarra Valley and Silvan Dam, is one of the best viewing areas in the Dandenong Ranges.

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