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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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English first
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

William Ricketts sanctuary is a must "do" place to visit. It is free to go in, coin donations accepted. I was more than happy to, shall I say, put in quite a few coins, as it is well worth it. It will only take an hr or so to visit, so it will not take much time out of your... More

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Dungarvan, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I you are looking for a unique visual and spiritual place to visit do not miss the William Ricketts Sanctuary. It is a truly wonderful and uplifiting experience. A feast for the senses. One of those places that will leave you feeling peaceful and refreshed. Absolutely beautiful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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69 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

On a warm spring day a great 1/2 to 3/4 hour through natural bushland with sculptures of Aborigines placed though out the walk. Very interesting to see from a very skilful artist. Big recommendation (huge recommendation), download the mp3 notes from parks Victoria and play on your phone, you get so much more from the walk when the sculptures are... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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55 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I offered a visit to Ricketts Sanctuary to a Melbourne social group and 20 locals booked in to attend and combined with lunch at a local pub it was a terrific day out. We came from all over Melbourne and appreciated the decent sized car park. The sanctuary has a collection of meandering paths with evocative sculptures nestled amid the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Please take the time to see what William Rickett was telling us at a time when we were not listening. Also take to time to view the short video to get an appreciate his story. This will allow you to fully appreciate what he was saying in each of his sculptures. There is no doubt that it is a special... More

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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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