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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 03-9751-1300
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Had morning visit here during the week. Amazing well worth a visit. we hired the audio equipment available to listen about how the sculpture were made. It's a bit slippery in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Gosford, Australia
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Gosford, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Had morning visit here during the week. Amazing well worth a visit. we hired the audio equipment available to listen about how the sculpture were made. It's a bit slippery in the wet. It is worth a stop on the way to mount Dandenong.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We took a train and bus out of Melbourne to reach this environment in the national park, about an hour outside of Melbourne. The journey was enjoyable, and the William Rickett's Sanctuary was so worth the trek. It is the most memorable part of our stay while in Melbourne. The natural beauty of the park, is enhanced with the incredible... More 

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Nelson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is absolutely, without doubt the best place to go to if you are visiting Melbourne, and need to breathe some fresh air. The Dandenongs are lovely, and this sanctuary is a truly awesome place to visit.,

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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I loved the atmosphere of the Sanctuary. My two teenagers were bored, but the three little kids enjoyed exploring the alcoves to discover sculptures. The hills and stairs are steep so it may be tough on the elderly or unfit. It was nice to see that the clay William used for his sculptures came from Bendigo, which is where we... More 

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Bribie Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

William Ricketts obviously had a great affinity and admiration for Indigenous people. He so lovingly portrayed them as the keepers of this amazing Sanctuary. The pathways wind gently through overhanging fern trees in this rain forest setting, the lifelike statues emanating from the tree trunks and branches as though their spirits are reaching out to the surrounding area. Truly beautiful.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a beautiful place. Very serene and well worth a visit if you are in the dandenongs . Its free of charge to get in and there is a small shop which is interesting

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you go to the Dandenongs and you are even half interested in Austraia, you have to go to this place. The lady at my B&B reception recommended it, and I'm so pleased she did. I've never seen anything like it. Sculptures of aboriginal elders, women, children, coming out of the trees and the ground as if their spirits were... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The amazing Australian Aboriginal culture is displayed through sculpture of the natural environment. This is a very educational experience for both young and old in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges 45 minutes south of Melbourne. If you need some quiet time this is the place to visit as there are little grotto's off the main path to sit and soak up... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A wonderful enchanting quiet sanctuary with a history of William Ricketts and his love with the aboriginal people. The Sanctuary is set against beautiful 'HUGE' mountain ash and very green large ferns. The statues tell a very interesting story where water is also a feature. Inside the log cabin you are welcomed to watch video about the life of William... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Had been wanting to visit here for many years, and finally had the opportunity in February. The Information Centre is excellent. The sculptures are magnificent, but many are damaged and in need of repair. There are limited repairs underway, but the whole place could do with a general clean up. Needs to have some money thrown at it. Having said... More 

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