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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria 3767, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our visit here. A lovely way to spend and hour or so wandering around this gorgeous landscape exploring the sculptures. So many surprises as you make your way around the track. The walk is fairly easy but there are a few steps. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great experience went there with my 79 year old mother, the was fine for her, an there was often a way around the steps.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank AndrewMm9
Reviewed March 12, 2019

This place is truly amazing how one man brought us face to face with our often sad history. The Art work is fantastic and tells of a wonderful moment captured of life as it should be.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Gary H
Reviewed March 7, 2019 via mobile

This place is so special and worth taking a an hour or so to wonder around and marvel st the sculptures paying homage to indigenous Australians in this serene setting. There’s something so calming about the Sanctuary.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2019

Although some cars had parked on the road, there is a good car park on the opposite side of the road whose entrance is just beyond the Sanctuary if you're coming from Olinda. There's pedestrian access from there up a ramp to the main entrance...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank ossyglen
Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

We took our little kids and our 93-year-old grandmother here last week during out Dandenong day trip. Perfect place to stroll around for 45 minutes to enjoy the carvings, the short documentary about the inspirational William Ricketts himself as well as of course the lush...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 29, 2019

Over 90 statues carved on the rocks around an outdoor forest gallery along plush fern lined pathways. Created by William Ricketts who was inspired by Aboriginal people in Central Australia. This event is free and very enjoyable if you are visiting the Dandenong Ranges for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Sam H
Reviewed January 27, 2019

It is worth the trip up Mount Dandenong. There are over 93 ceramic sculptures woven into the eucalyptus forest. William Ricketts vision was to embrace Aboriginal spirituality and have respect for the natural world. The ceramic figures blending into the rainforest are bizarre, a little...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

This is a very interesting walk in the woods. If you don't pay close attention you will walk right past some of the sculptures that are placed in the woods. Very interesting story.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

Visited this beautiful garden yesterday...what a spiritual experience it was. You can wander around forever here and just breathe in the fresh, clean air in this serene location. Take time to really SEE these beautiful works of art..they are indeed magical. Don't worry about taking...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Ruth w
January 22, 2018|
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Response from Earthwise-Woman | Reviewed this property |
A few hours at least to have a good explore....
July 18, 2017|
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Response from Matt H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply, you’ve probably already been. I don’t remember seeing any signs saying no dogs but I doubt you would be able to take dogs in there.
June 21, 2015|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
I would think you must rent a car and meander around the area of the sanctuary as the small towns / villages are amazing. I doubt if public transit goes there but I am not from the area. The sanctuary was mind boggling but... More