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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Published January 27th 2020
William Ricketts Sanctuary includes 1.7 hectares of an outdoor gallery, featuring 92 ceramic sculptures of Aboriginal people from central Australia and native animals, all of which merge with the natural surroundings.

Definitely a must-see on your visit to Melbourne. The meandering path is 500 meters, but allow a good hour to take it all in. There are many old trees and ferns surrounding the sculptures, which add to the amazing experience of this site.

William Ricketts moved to Mt Dandenong in 1934 and lived in a hut with very basic amenities. He loved the local wildlife and always looked out for them. William died in 1993, aged 93, leaving a wonderful legacy of the sanctuary. Truly one of the most inspiring and tranquil places in the Dandenong Mountains.

There is no entry fee for the sanctuary and all are welcome to this peaceful place of reflection and quiet contemplation. Explore the sanctuary to understand the artist's vision of the Aboriginal culture from the intellectual, historical and social point of view. Opening hours are 10 am - 4.30 pm.

There is quite a steep walk up from the car park to the sanctuary gates. Probably difficult for anyone with walking issues. However, after your visit, there is a lovely cafe near the car park, which serves delicious buttermilk scones with jam and cream.
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Where: 1402 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mount Dandenong VIC 3767
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