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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
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Very strange that the Tourist Information in Melbourne looked entirely blank when asked about the William Ricketts Sanctuary - but nothing daunted we set off by train and bus up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Peebles, United Kingdom
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Peebles, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Very strange that the Tourist Information in Melbourne looked entirely blank when asked about the William Ricketts Sanctuary - but nothing daunted we set off by train and bus up into the mountains. Billy Connolly had visited - as a result I suspect the Sanctuary is better known in Scotland! The word "awesome" is used to extinction. But this is... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited this sculpture garden on a Sunday and it was quite busy. William Ricketts had made many sculptures over his lifetime. My partner and I disagreed on whether we liked this place or not. He quite enjoyed the whole ethos of the sanctuary which was William Rickett's oneness with the supreme being and the aboriginal people and he liked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is very unique, walking around the forest with sculptures of Aboriginals everywhere with a deep message lies underneath them. A place that make you think, feel and appreciate nature. All by one special artist ahead of his time. Very organized and entrance is free, just 45 minutes from Melbourne.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A must see, place quite something, around the grounds are clay sculptures portraying an artists view on life well before his time. On how he went and lived with aboriginals. If only man had listened to him!

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mumbai
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Sanctuary is amust look For art lovers gorgiousss forest with art instalations plesentn talllll ukliptus trees n treeferns

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Lincolnshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Visited here on our way out for lunch and it was a very interesting walk. The sanctuary is full of stone carvings half hidden in the trees and plants. If you have mobility problems you may find it difficult as there are uneven steps. I would also recommend wearing insect repellent as it is very damp and the Mosquitos love... More 

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melbourne
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I was recommended to visit this sanctuary, its very unique, crafty. the sculptures are beautiful, the atmosphere thats created by the forest, the sculptures is sooo beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Medium sized sanctuary. It is well worth going for the beautiful forest walks and ferny surroundings. Entry is free and by donations. Lots of sculptures along all the walks.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Such a peaceful place to go its my 2nd time there. The sculptures show so much respect for the Aboriginal people. I cant stop thinking about some of the pieces A must see for sure

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Took the family here. Enough to keep the kids happy and the adults alike. Beautiful setting, gorgeous sculptures. Highly recommended.

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