Best Mystery Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges

Trees and ferns in the Dandenong Ranges National Park Victoria
Last updated Jun 16, 2024
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Embark on the Best Mystery Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges

The experience, the Mystery Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges Force of Nature: The Dry 2, was available for a limited time which has now been discontinued.

Another option is the Mystery Picnic with Friends - Dandenong Ranges and it's still available.

On the experience I immersed myself in Amazingco Mystery Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges Force of Nature: The Dry 2. It was a movie tie-in and I went on a behind-the-scenes Australian rainforest and bush experience of the movie,

I discovered hidden gems. I marvelled at the stunning vistas. And I shared the experience with my daughter and created memories. I satisfied my thirst for exploration. And I supported local communities.


The Mystery Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges is available.

For this post, I experienced it at my own cost. and the opinion is my own.

​Discover the Experience of the Mystery Picnic movie-tie

Embark on an adventure as you unlock the secrets of the Mystery Picnic. Immerse yourself in a world of unraveling clues and riddles designed to transport you into the realm of the movie.

And you'll find the cast and crew's behind-the-scenes stories. Marvel at landscapes and unearth treasures.

Indulge in your picked-up curated picnic ingredients in the Dandenong Ranges.

Mystery Picnic Food

Immerse Yourself in the Thrill of the Unknown in the Dandenong Ranges

Venture somewhere new on a Mystery Picnic where you'll visit local communities and collect food offerings. Be adventurous and try something new to eat and a place new to eat surrounded by nature.

Explore the local area in a new way with a Mystery Picnic where you go on a scavenger hunt. You unravel clues and puzzles to pick up offerings for your picnic and activities to do.

Support local communities. Immerse yourself with nature. Get Details Mystery Picnic for Friends

Lolly Shop

The lolly shop where my daughter bought us a $5 lucky dip each. I noticed people were stopping to take photos with the shop as the background.

​Mystery Picnic Food in the Dandenong Ranges

The food is catered to your needs. You'll find that the offerings you receive can be different from the selection of food that my daughter and I have.

For some items, you can be given choices, plus it can be tailored to your dietary requirements. Dietary needs including vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan are catered for at no extra charge.

The picture below represents a sample size of the food my daughter and I collected. I used this size to create the display for the pictures.

Mystery Picnic Food

Review Mystery Picnic

Would You Go on an Amazingco Mystery Picnic Again?

Yes, my daughter and I would go on a Mystery Picnic again. My daughter said she would like to go on a solo Mystery Picnic. And, she would like to go on another Mystery Picnic with a different navigator for a different experience.

Tips for the Mystery Picnic

Here is a list of tips for the Mystery Picnic

  • Check the weather conditions and wear appropriate footwear, so you know how to dress. Especially, for extreme weather warnings if you are going bush.
  • The night before unravel the first clue for your first destination. Especially if you are not local to the Dandenongs and travel a distance.
    • For example, my daughter and I had an hour's plus drive to the Dandenong Ranges.
  • Pack a cooler bag with ice packs to keep the food and drinks cool is a good idea. Because my daughter and my Mystery Picnic experience was on a warm day in February. It was 30°Celsius.
  • Later on, because it was a warm day. My daughter and I thought we could have gone early before the first scheduled time for picking up the food. Instead do one of the activities in the cool of the day rather than when it was warmer.
  • I noticed there were signs indicating for me to take my rubbish home. So, take your rubbish home with you.
  • Pack a picnic blanket in case there are no free picnic tables.
  • A little picnic table would be handy. So you can set it up in the shade on a sunny warm day. And the food is off-ground level.
  • When there was a choice. My daughter and I picked different options. We took a bread knife. so they could be cut in halves. And we shared them.

Mystery Picnic Packing List

Packing list for the Mystery Picnic

  • Picnic blanket
  • A little picnic table
  • A Cooler Bag and ice packs
  • Picnic Bag
  • Plates and cutlery for each person
  • Bread knife.
  • Cheese knife and board, if cheese is being included
  • Air-tight container

What Did You Like About the Amazingco Mystery Picnic?

My daughter and I liked the fun. My daughter liked unraveling the different clues and puzzles.

She and I uncovered filming facts to tie in the movie with the region surrounding us. And, there aren't spoiler alerts for the movie. She and I plan to go to the movie.

I liked the mystery of the unknown at each destination, I did not know where we were going until the next clue was unraveled.

My daughter and I were impressed with the quality of the food.

And, that she and I supported the local communities.

What was it like in the Picnic Spot?

My daughter and I had our picnic in a garden. It was surrounded by tall trees and close to the entrance.

There were two picnic tables, however they were both occupied.

So my daughter and I placed a picnic blanket on the grass. One of those little picnic tables would have been handy so the food was higher off the ground. I used a walker and sat on it.

She and I talked about moving when one of the picnic tables was free, however, it was in the sun. So, she and I decided to stay where we were under the shade of the trees.

The public toilets were close by.

I felt cool sitting under the shade of the trees even though it was much warmer in the sun.

Mystery Picnic Details

Do you need a car? Is there car parking available? Is there disabled parking?

Yes, you will need a car for the Mystery Picnic. Car parking is available. At some places, it was street parking and at others, there was off-street parking in a car park.

At one venue, it was very hard to get a car park close by. So my daughter found one a far distance away. So, I waited near the car and my daughter walked there. My daughter found that at the venue it was very busy and there were many others on an Amazingco experience picking up their food too.

The only disabled parking I found that was empty and could be used was outside the toilets down the road from the lolly shop.

How Long Is the Mystery Picnic Experience?

Amazingco allows three to four hours for the Mystery Picnic. And, you can go longer to explore the area.

I have mobility impairments that slow us down.

Do you receive a map of the area?

Yes, in one of the steps, you'll find the instructions to pick up a map that includes places of interest and things to do.

You'll need a mobile phone to do the Mystery Picnic because it's a digital experience. And, you'll unravel the clues and find the destinations to pick up the food and find the picnic spot. In the steps, there are activities and places to visit, too.

And, you'll receive instructions on how to download an offline Google map of the area.

Girl reading in the gardens with the tree in the background

Relax in the gardens after the picnic.

Who Can You Go on the Mystery Picnic with?

  1. Friends
  2. Friend
  3. Mother-and-Daughter
  4. Girlfriend
  5. Adults
  6. Boyfriend
  7. Partner
  8. Sister
  9. Brother
  10. Wife
  11. Husband
  12. Family
  13. Colleague
  14. Parent with Adult Daughter
  15. Parent with Adult Son
  16. Grandparents with Granddaughter
  17. Grandparents with Grandson
  18. Adults with Child
  19. Adults with Children
  20. Aunt and Uncle with Niece and Nephew
  21. Adult Children

Who else would you go on Mystery Picnic with?

Jennifer Empey at the R.J. Hamer Arboterum Lookout
Jennifer Empey at the park with trees in the background

Me at the picnic in the gardens with the tall trees

Pin It For Later!

Mystery Picnic Dandenong Ranges

Mystery Picnic Experience

In my post, you can find the seven reasons to gift a mystery picnic.

And, you can find out more about the Dandenongs in my post. the Force of Nature The Dry 2 filming locations.

You can find more information about Mystery Picnics in my post about the Mystery Picnic in Melbourne.

Get details of the Mystery Picnic with Friends - Dandenong Ranges.

Who would you go on a Mystery Picnic with? Leave a Comment!

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  1. The mystery picnic sounds so fun. I love adventures like this!

    • Thank you for reading. Glad you love a picnic adventure!

  2. I love this mystery picnic with the movie tie-in concept. We love movies so the Mystery Picnic in the Dandenong Ranges would be perfect for my husband and me.

    • Thank you for reading. Yes, it would be ideal for you and your husband and to pair with the movie. I like the movie, too.

  3. The Mystery Picnic in Dandenong Ranges sounds like a lot of fun! The food looks yummy, and the area would be fun to explore.

    • Thank you for reading. Yes, it was fun and a great place to go for the Mystery Picnic and I enjoyed sampling the different food.

  4. How cool! This mystery picnic sounds like an exciting adventure to try with some friends.

    • Thank you for reading. Yes, it’s a good trip for a group of friends.


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