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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, Australia
16 reviews 16 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
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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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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
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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131 reviews 131 reviews
27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
83 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Sanctuary is a beautiful place and the statues depict the aborigines beautifully. I was anticipating seeing either sculptures in stone or carved in wood . . instead it was sculpted in cement and placed on stones or trees, a little obvious and therefore a little distracting and disappointing. The sanctuary is in much need of a face lift. It... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

weird sculptures.. not what i thought it would be. felt like i didn't want to look at these nothing exciting to see

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Melbourne, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I have visited this beautifully peaceful spot several times in different capacities over the past twenty years. As a tourist newly arrived in the country with my new husband full if young love; as a tourist guide to young and old; with my children when they were younger & more recently with these same children now as teenagers & their... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Went here with my family, wife and 2yo. Great way to expel some energy. Wonderful surround walking through the bush admiring the sculptures. Nice formed paths and great way to spend a couple of hours, we got in for no charge due to a promotion at the time. Not sure what it usually costs.

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