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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9751 1300
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Even though its light rain today what a beautiful place everything is lush and green beautiful artwork easy walking tracks to see everything parking across road

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though its light rain today what a beautiful place everything is lush and green beautiful artwork easy walking tracks to see everything parking across road

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An unbelieveable, amazing walk through the rainforest surrounded by magnificent sculptures, which are sculpted onto the forest rocks. It is hard to describe the beauty and poignancy of the sculptures. You have to see it for yourself, really. It is the life's work of one English man, William Ricketts, assisted by his mother. They lived in the forest and built... More 

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Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really inspiring story, artwork is very interesting! Its quite small with free parking but you must cross over the road to get into the sanctuary. Its pretty short and small not really suitable for a day trip but nice to stop into en route!

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Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's free but donations welcomed. Interesting artworks by William and a nice sanctuary to walk around in. Free car parks available opposite the sanctuary.

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Thank Aaron T
Victoria Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We very much enjoyed wandering this sanctuary. We spent about an hour there. It was beautiful to finally see it after seeing it on travel programs for years. And loved watching the short video of this talented gentleman. It showed him as passionate about the environment and his works, a very quirky man.

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Thank Doodstar
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best time to visit is through the week, if you can manage it, but regardless, it's easy to lose yourself in this forest glade. Renew your vows with Nature. Willian Ricketts' message is unambiguous: cherish all life. Spend some time looking up the swaying crowns of some of the last forest giants left in the Dandenongs. Truly a magical spot.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

Peaceful, and serene based amongst forest landscape is truly a sight to see. William Ricketts tribute to the Aboriginal Australians, nature, and spirituality can be seen and felt. There is also a video displaying his motivations for investing his time into these subjects and a small gallery. Worth it it to see when your around Mount Dandenong. If you don't... More 

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

The William Ricketts Sanctuary is a ways out of Melbourne and takes some figuring to get there via public transportation. We unwittingly decided to visit it on a holiday; Melbourne Cup Race Day. But, in spite of holiday schedules and most businesses closed, we arrived in time to walk the paths and see the many faces of aboriginal people. Eerily... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Accessible from a car park on the opposite side of a busy road, the time and effort put in these sculptures reflects a man with a lot of talent and time on his hands. The sculptures are primarily indigenous people (or the head and shoulders of them) as though they are stuck in the natural environment. Perhaps a statement, maybe... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

I'm not at all arty but immediately appreciated the time and effort given to preserving this incredible piece of local art and history.

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