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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
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Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The walk around the sanctuary was wonderful. It is beautiful and quiet with lots of native plants to the ranges area to admire. The artwork of the late Mr. Ricketts was very interesting and skillfully done. It was sad to see so many of his work destroyed or vandalized either by nature or from the visitors.

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Phuket
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It is very difficult to provide additional insight to that other positive reviewers have left. This sanctuary is not to be missed and we had a delightful experience - very moving and quite unique. Ricketts was a man of extraordinary talent and a real "one off" and we would have loved to have met him during his life time. The... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

William Ricketts sanctuary is truly magical. The sculptures nestled amongst the bush are very impressive and the tall tree surroundings are awesome! We visited with a Japanese student who was really interested in the aboriginal culture so we would have appreciated more indigenous culture information.....but I guess that it not why the sanctuary exists! 2 hours is plenty of time... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

William's sanctuary had been on my bucket list for years so my late summer visit was thrilling to say the least. A visionary artist, William Rickett's essence permeates his sanctuary. An extraordinary legacy left by a beautiful man. Allow 2-3hours to stroll silently, watch the documentary, reflect on his artistic vision, and embrace the spirit of a truly authentic artist.

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Newent, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Although it was showery when we visited it added to the atmosphere, Every face was different considering William was unable to photo or sketch the people, he did it all from memory.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

First visited this place in the early nineties. It a different place now. Addition of Visitor Centre, better paths and interactives make welcomed improvements. Glad to see the work and investment in what is a unique place that gives us a look into the mind of someone who even by today's measure ahead of his time in environmental and indigenous... More

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bow bowing
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Well worth a visit. A place of peace and reflection. Free to enter this magical rain forest garden. A great legacy to an inspirational man.

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Albi, France
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Now a free exhibit, the sanctuary is an amazing legacy of this inspiring artist. A well produced video in the little house informs you of a lot of the history, but take time to simply amble through the gardens and marvel at the sculptures.

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Peregian Beach
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I was first attracted to visit William Ricketts Sanctuary because I love ceramics, sculpture, and natural settings, and this attraction seemed to combine all three. Plus it came recommended by friends. William Ricketts Sanctuary is so much more than art in nature. It is a tribute to a man and his love of the Australian aboriginal culture and the land... More

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