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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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Unique garden experience

Very interesting and unique garden. Unlike some of the other gardens in the area it's main attraction is the sculptures and not the flora. The flora is great in itself but the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
JohnG3121
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting and unique garden. Unlike some of the other gardens in the area it's main attraction is the sculptures and not the flora. The flora is great in itself but the main reason to visit are the sculptures. TIP: not the best place visit of you've mobility issues.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We often take overseas visitors to the well laid out and beautifully presented place. The sculptured works of art make you aware of the rich heritage of Australia

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Thank Ken H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an amazing place and entry is free! Highly recommend this to all Melbournians/Victorians. Amazing sculptures.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Am sure many visitors to Melbourne would have easily bypass this great attraction in the Park. This is really a gem for our visit to Melbourne. Let the pictures speak for itself...

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Thank ChangBoris
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

William Ricketts pottery as he called it This artist made the place as his home .He bought the place for fifty dollars then . Kiln fired clay sculptures they are about 90 of them his mother also visited him and stayed with him . He never built a proper home as he was engrossed with his work Credit to the... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This sanctuary is run by Parks VIC and has free entry. Open 10-4. It is an amazing garden and the sculptures are just beautiful. Car park is across the road with plenty of parking. Access is a little steep in parts and a few steps to one area but as a whole very user friendly.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during a fine few hours after much rain. The damp added to the atmosphere but a sunny day would be lovely too. We watched the video and heard this lovely man talk about his work and we wished we knew him - by the time we were ready to go we felt we did ! A magic place !

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Thank Gail W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had seen images of the sculptures online but didn't really understand what the sanctuary was about. It was an amazing experience. Walking through the bush and learning about this amazing man and seeing his life's work, which is breathtaking. If you're up in the Dandenong area you need to make this stop a priority.

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Thank Adam B
Geelong,Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

What a lovely restful and peaceful sanctuary to visit, an amazing human being who was very talented and has left behind a legacy for people...Free to enter..not much is free these days...lovely carvings of Aboriginals and a wonderful representation of their culture..

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Altona, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

When you walk through the sanctuary, you get such a sense of connectedness with nature. The artistic creations blend with the natural rocks and trees, and display a glimpse of the passion that William Ricketts had for his craft and for living at one with this planet. It made us want to learn more about this person.

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