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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

As this place was recommended by a family friend, I arrived with high expectations and left with mixed feelings. While I enjoyed the sanctuary - the trees, the calmness and the sound of flowing water, I could not say the same with the artwork. The initial sculptures were alright but it got more and more unusual with each sculpture. There... More

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England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Located in Mount Dendenong near Olinda this place will make you feel calm and peaceful when you walk in. Used to be called Pottery Sanctuary it consists of 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals and they merge in with the natural surroundings. You walk through the ferny glade and will see very tall trees and ferns and the sculptures... More

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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I've been coming here off and on for 49 years now and never tire of this place. It's unusual and beautiful all at once. It helps me to think about our Native People who deserve soooo much more than what the original white man gave. We only took! This time we took some friends from Burma to visit and they... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

You can feel the passion and love that William Ricketts felt for his subjects and his art. Borrow the park MP3 player for an audio tour of the Sanctuary.

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Mount Dandenong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We are lucky to have the William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges, this unique sanctuary is a delight to wander through. Each sculpture is of an individual person, beautifully created. Free to enter and managed by Parks Victoria staff who have a passion for their environment. It was one of Billy Connelly's favourite spots when he did his tour... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is my favorite place to take visitors around, particular overseas guests. The place is delightfully presented with sculptures of Aboriginals which are blended harmoniously among serene old tree trunks, ferns, rocks. William Ricketts' great talent have breathed live and feeling to these work of arts. The best time to visit is Spring, Autumn and Summer. Winter can be a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This National Parks managed garden is lovingly preserved and provides walking paths amongst enormously tall trees and tree ferns with the artists sculptures dotted around like they are a part of the natural environment. Highly recommend a visit for both adults and children to this wonderful location

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It is getting a little tired and perhaps should have some funding but it is still a wonderful, spiritual place to visit. Just a tip if going in winter it can be difficult to get decent photos. Well worth a look.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Sanctuary is a beautiful place and the statues depict the aborigines beautifully. I was anticipating seeing either sculptures in stone or carved in wood . . instead it was sculpted in cement and placed on stones or trees, a little obvious and therefore a little distracting and disappointing. The sanctuary is in much need of a face lift. It... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

weird sculptures.. not what i thought it would be. felt like i didn't want to look at these nothing exciting to see

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