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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 03-9751-1300
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Great place to visit

Been a number of times and never get tired of it. Walk through paths with ferns and tall trees and find the sculptures that William made. It's a beautiful quiet place and it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Dianne W
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Been a number of times and never get tired of it. Walk through paths with ferns and tall trees and find the sculptures that William made. It's a beautiful quiet place and it's all free (donations welcomed)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

After 30 years of intending to visit we finally called in today. Entry to this Parks Victoria site was free.The sculptures by William Ricketts, within a beautiful forest setting were unexpectedly evocative and and moving. Every sculpture seems to grow out of the rock to which they are attached. There was a certain sadness to them as one reflects on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Mesmerising statues surrounded by beautiful greenery. A very spiritual place, easy to just stroll around and take in the scenery. I enjoyed reading all the little carved plaques around the site. Easy to get too, parking is close and spacious.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you like sculpture the William Ricketts Sanctuary will amaze you. Hidden in the forested Mount Dandenong hillside are some of the most amazing sculptures, which appear to grow organically from the rocks and tree stumps. You will need to take your time and be observant, as there are some sculptures which are so much part of their surrounds you... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Had morning visit here during the week. Amazing well worth a visit. we hired the audio equipment available to listen about how the sculpture were made. It's a bit slippery in the wet. It is worth a stop on the way to mount Dandenong.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We took a train and bus out of Melbourne to reach this environment in the national park, about an hour outside of Melbourne. The journey was enjoyable, and the William Rickett's Sanctuary was so worth the trek. It is the most memorable part of our stay while in Melbourne. The natural beauty of the park, is enhanced with the incredible... More 

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Nelson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is absolutely, without doubt the best place to go to if you are visiting Melbourne, and need to breathe some fresh air. The Dandenongs are lovely, and this sanctuary is a truly awesome place to visit.,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I loved the atmosphere of the Sanctuary. My two teenagers were bored, but the three little kids enjoyed exploring the alcoves to discover sculptures. The hills and stairs are steep so it may be tough on the elderly or unfit. It was nice to see that the clay William used for his sculptures came from Bendigo, which is where we... More 

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Bribie Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

William Ricketts obviously had a great affinity and admiration for Indigenous people. He so lovingly portrayed them as the keepers of this amazing Sanctuary. The pathways wind gently through overhanging fern trees in this rain forest setting, the lifelike statues emanating from the tree trunks and branches as though their spirits are reaching out to the surrounding area. Truly beautiful.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a beautiful place. Very serene and well worth a visit if you are in the dandenongs . Its free of charge to get in and there is a small shop which is interesting

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