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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9751 1300
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All reviews amazing sculptures spiritual place amazing man dandenong ranges dandenong area free entry aboriginal culture parks victoria natural setting mountain ash tree ferns across the road his passion overseas visitors information centre couple of hours carvings
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to go past, it is not huge but a great place to visit. Amazing art and great story. Nice walk.

Thank Jacob C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Glad we went here to see Australia animals. It was a little disappointing that the animals were mostly asleep but the area was lush with plants and way through the property was marked and easy to follow. Really nice gift shop.

Thank blball520
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

William Rickets Sanctuary is an offer to a fiercely protective nature lover who blended flora fauna and humans through his blended sculptures. What a treat to see his work exactly how he created and why he did so. Must visit.

Thank hitulav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during the week when only a few other people were there. Peaceful, serene and a wonderful environment for quiet contemplation. Friendly park staff provided information and welcome briefing. Took our time and really spend time looking at each unique piece and the message the...More

Thank Leanne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very unique garden in Dandenong area which has plenty of other beautiful gardens too. There is no entry price. The artwork is crafty & impressive. The lady at the reception was friendly & informative. Highly recommended place to visit !

Thank Hammad A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There aren't too many free things left to do around but I highly recommend that you take a trip to the Dandenongs and visit William Ricketts very interesting and the carvings are spectacular

Thank Kat-wood6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entrance is free to the site which is a real bonus, you wander through the forest along pathways and view the many sculptures which are statements to how William Ricketts felt about the country and wildlife. We visited on a Sunday at the beginning of...More

Thank Barders745
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Good information centre, friendly lady. Park with many beautiful carvings of aboriginals well placed among eucalyptus trees. Informative video of William Ricketts. Free entrance. Free parking opposite

Thank Tuurtje75
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

I loved visiting the William Ricketts Sanctuary. It was so peaceful to wander around and see the beautifully craved sculptures. Highly recommend.

Thank pickle2012
Reviewed 16 September 2018

What a perfect time to visit on a cold windy day we had the place to ourselves and what a beautiful serene place it is. The sculptures are breathtaking and what a brilliant man with a incredible vision and understanding of the central desert people....More

Thank Vicki J
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Ruth w
23 January 2018|
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Response from HarlinaSodhi | Reviewed this property |
About 2 hours is quite enough. Gives you time to look around, soak in the ambience, take photos and read beautiful inscriptions under the statutes.
18 July 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.
21 June 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