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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
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One of the most relaxing places I've visited

I had wanted to visit here for several years and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. It is absolutely stunning. It was a hot day, but once you are in the sanctuary it is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Miki J
Bracknell, England
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Bracknell, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had wanted to visit here for several years and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. It is absolutely stunning. It was a hot day, but once you are in the sanctuary it is cooler due to the tree ferns and trees. The sculptures are intermingled with the plants and trees and helps to give this place it's special... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The ambience of the sanctuary rewards a visitor even if the weather may be not so good. Indigenous people and their ancient culture and beliefs are respectfully and informatively displayed.

Thank Doug D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been aware of and visited the Sanctuary many times. Thiis time we had taken two Cunard Staff, (who had come to my aid when I fell on a shore excursion in the Mediteranean,) on a shore excursion from Port Melbourne. After a home visit in Ferny Creek with views over a distant Melbourne and lunch at' Dudleys' in... More 

Thank EA1509TC1401
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

William Ricketts lived & worked at this site from 1934 to 1993. One man's creativity & tribute to Aboriginal people of this land. He lived with them & also spent time in India - both his experiences are reflected in the exquisitely sculpted & fired onsite mostly life size figures that blend into the natural surroundings here. The sculptures look... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Up in the Dandenong Hills' Rain forest this beautiful garden of sculpture of aboriginal men, women and children by William Rickets must be visited by all residents of Victoria and visitors. Rickets was someone who respected the original inhabitants of this land and also loved their land. He demonstrated this by capturing them in happy moods in sculpture form using... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017

William had some talent for what you will see here, amazing day out rain or shine. The art work is jaw dropping, the detail in every piece is amazing. In all truth no words can describe what this man did, you will have to see it for yourself. Wonderful forest in the area, I still can't get over how high... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Many hand made sculptures of Aboriginals and Australian wildlife, embedded within a beautiful rain forest. Very tranquil and beautiful location!

Thank Natjevs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017

Great place to visit for a peace of local history and one mans balance with nature and indigenous people. Great carvings and interesting story of William Rickett.

Thank Matt H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2017

A great way to enjoy beautiful art in the outdoors in the mostly tranquil William Ricketts Sanctuary. Made the point to visit here on a day trip to Dandenong Ranges, and was very pleased. The sculptures are beautiful from a very talented sculptor, and it was interested to know of his history. The meandering paths make it interesting to discover... More 

Thank Janine C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

There are 92 sculplutres from the Master artist, philisopher and great human being - Mr William Ricketts. The thought provoking scultures, the videos make this an amazing and must visit place in Dandenong. Young kids may not like it though. We spent about an hour and it was worth a visit.

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