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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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Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
19 reviews 19 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
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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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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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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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153 reviews 153 reviews
85 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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