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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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English first
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Set in beautiful garden surrounds, William Ricketts Sanctuary showcases the work of the eponymous sculptor. Inside, you'll find wood carved sculptures blended into a typical Dandenongs fern garden. Ricketts work seeks to capture his love of nature, and his respect for the traditional Aboriginal owners of the area and their connection with their land. The sanctuary is a very peaceful... More 

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South Australia, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

A family friend recommended William Ricketts Sanctuary on our visit to Melbourne. What a beautiful place and well worth the visit. The drive to the sanctuary is beautiful in itself. Although small the sanctuary is amazing and the sculptures were incredible.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Saw this place on TV in Wales 4 years ago and it was well worth waiting to see. It has free entry but everyone should give at least $20 donation as this place needs to keep open as it has to be one of the best attractions in Victoria. Every step you take in the gardens gives you a different... More 

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84 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our son took us here as he had come across it on a motorbike ride. What a treat, we marvelled at all the beautiful sculpture hidden in this leafy location. It was quite quiet when we went and that added to our enjoyment of this place. We bought a local momento from the gift shop on the way out from... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The history and story of William Ricketts Sanctuary was very interesting to learn. the gardens were tropical forrests with fantstic carvings throughout. A beautiful garden like no other. He was an amazing man.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Often oveooked on a visit to the Dandenong Ranges, largely because of inadequate signage, this sanctuary is peaceful beautiful and a wonderful testimony to the artist and his passion for the indigenous people of Australia. The sculptures, so beautifully positioned in one of the last remaining pieces of natural Victorian rainforest, invite contemplation and will unfold their stories as you... More 

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Waterlooville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Free entry and donations optional. This was a great place to see and I can feel the peace and tranquility they are going for... However lots of areas are right by the road. You are able to walk away from the road to more quiet areas, but for me it kind of ruined the tranquil atmosphere. However I still had... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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42 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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