William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

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The William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges is an amazing setting where you can relax and enjoy an array of activities with your loved ones. This peaceful refuge in the suburbs of the Dandenong Ranges is set adjacent to the forest-clad hills of Mt Dandenong and on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Within this verdant setting, you will come across a number of beautiful clay sculptures of Aboriginal people of Australia, housing 92 major and many small clay sculptures within the sanctuary’s vicinity.

William Ricketts Sanctuary Entry Fee

Each of the clay sculptures of the Aboriginal people represent an essence of their culture, lifestyle and spirituality. You will also find some sculptures of Aussie wildlife as well.

Named after the famous explorer William Ricketts, this beautiful sanctuary is a worth place for a weekend getaway or day trip.

Come and explore the sanctuary to understand the explorer’s vision about the Aboriginal culture from intellectual, historical and social point of view.

Nestled in a charming ferny glade area in the Dandenong Ranges, the William Ricketts Sanctuary is a serene setting boasting tranquility and beauty of nature. This natural setting with the numerous mystical sculptures welcomes a number of guests from all across Australia and abroad.

The breathtakingly beautiful clay sculptures not only represent Rickett’s vision, but also showcase his respect for this century old culture. These visionary sculptures also encourage the guests to understand the importance and motive of his work.

Prior to the white settlement in Australia, the Aboriginals used to own the entire landscape. William Ricketts had tried his best to showcase the relationship between the Aboriginals and Australian landscape through his finest kiln-fired clay artwork.

Don’t miss a visit to this unique venue in the suburbs of the Dandenong Ranges while vacationing here. Whether you are alone or with your family, you can plan a visit to this sanctuary for a complete different experience.

William Ricketts Sanctuary Information

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Address:
Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong

Operating Hours:

Opens at 10:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm

Enquiries:
Phone: 131 963
Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au

Prices:FREE

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3 Comments

  • I wish to bring my brother and his wife who are hear on holiday from England and would like to know it the William Ricketts sanctuary is wheel chair friendly

    David

    • Hi David,

      I have looked at the Parks Victoria website and apparently the park is quite wheelchair friendly. Although the first 20 metres of the path does have a steep gradient, it is mentioned that most of the park’s paths are around a 1 to 14 gradient.

      The only place you won’t be able to reach because of stairs is “Earthly Mother”, but apparently it can be seen from the main road.

      Hope this helps and have a great day out!

      Thanks

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