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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9751 1300
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Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9751 1300
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is truly wonderful. It is very tranquil and a gift for your eyes. The carvings are beautiful. If you're thinking of visiting the Dandenongs, definitely schedule some time to check this place out.

Thank diannes562
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to bring tourists, family and overseas visitors....it is a blessing to have such a sanctuary on our doorsteps and to have it open to the public for free now is an even better reason to visit while you can!! In...More

1  Thank Earthwise-Woman
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Mystical place when the mist swirls through the tall mountain ash and reveals Billy Ricketts people and animals. These are kiln dried clay sculptures cleverly worked into the natural rock. If you allow it, it will seep into you as a place to be never...More

1  Thank handwerks2016
Reviewed 3 August 2017

It is a unique place to visit. Best to read up on its history to understand its significance and aboriginal aspect of the place. W Ricketts was a significant person who respected Aboriginal culture. The gardens present his thoughts exceptionally well. It is a precious...More

1  Thank Chris K
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

This place lives up to its reputation. It really is lovely and the carvings were intricate, beautifully done and interweaved amongst the surrounding trees, rocks and ferns. We were lucky to go midwinter on a weekday and almost had the place to ourselves. Serene, enchanting...More

1  Thank Rebecca R
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Rainforest meet clay artist, seems too simplistic to describe this artist. This smaller than I imagined from seeing this place on Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia" A true artist blending nature along with his white & indigenous world with the material of the earth,...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Driven by this place a number of times but never stopped. We decided to stop last week and were greeted with a serene garden with what seems like huge rock sculptures. They were well done and very realistic and seemed to merge with the landscape...More

Thank Werner R
Reviewed 1 July 2017

It is amazing piece of wood craving. Gr8 masterpiece and brilliant piece of Art, desgn and sculptures. A must go place if anyone visiting Mount Dandenong Region

Thank Ashok S
Reviewed 23 June 2017

William Ricketts created a beautiful sanctuary filled with over 100 clay sculptures. Through his artwork his theme of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world is conveyed. The sanctuary itself is located in a serene fern glade thick with...More

1  Thank globetrekkerphx
Reviewed 12 June 2017

I loved this place when visiting over 35 years ago and always hankered to go back. I've changed a lot in that time, and it has evolved too especially with William Ricketts having died in 1993 in his mid-90s. To sit and listen to him...More

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Response from Muscfam | Reviewed this property |
Can't be sure. You would need to contact them. 03 8627 4700
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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