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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, Outdoors
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Melbourne, Australia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I remember visiting this place as a child and being entranced and on a recent visit 40 years later was just as impressed by the magnificent sculptures in such a beautiful setting. We were there during the week and it was very quiet and peaceful.Unfortunately due to a power outage we were not able to view the video. We will... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place is all about sculptures. Something unusual. The sculptures however mostly look the same, so you will get bored after a while. I thought they were wood carvings, only to realise later that they were made with ceramic. Unfortunately, many are broken or chipped off. I guess it is difficult to maintain them under the sun and rain. A... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My 17 year old daughter and I had driven past this Sanctuary many times on our mini break and finally we decided to stop. I'm so glad we did. William Rickett was an extremely talented, unique and quirky man who had a deep spiritual connection with the Aboriginal people. From the first beautiful sculptures at the entrance, you can feel... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A wonderful historic ceramic sculpture garden with work that is simply brilliant in its resEarch and application. Locals and overseas guest will be impressed with its scope and variety. Not to be missed in your trip to the Dandenongs

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Devon
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27 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Interesting and it passed a pleasant couple of hours as we made our way from the Rhododendron Gardens to Mount Dandenong. It was different but I would not bother going back

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Melbourne, Australia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
32 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I went with my parents. It's very clever and we enjoyed the stroll through the bush, but it just wasn't really our thing. We were done in about half an hour.

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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This place is beautifully me and my family spent only 30 mind here but there were a few other beautiful sites not far from here we explored as well like a bird garden and another large garden grounds with gorgeous forna and flora (trees & flowers) great for a photo shoot site we spent the day looking at all the... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Loved it - a place of art like no others I have come across-beautifully carved sculptures Free entry.

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Perth, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Concerned that the exhibits will deteriorate if no maintenance is done soon. Glad we went early as a crowded visit would spoil what Ricketts intention was....a quiet, peaceful contemplative space. It would've been interesting to have had a biography available as it was very odd he focused so much on Aboriginal men and boys.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Free admission. Beautiful setting. Easy walking paths. Lots to see. Well worth the trip. Great day out for the family.

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