I am a graphic designer and photographer living in Melbourne, I love to explore in my own back yard, I love write and photograph about my adventures and places I visit. For more of my photos visit my blog https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/
Located near Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges, is William Ricketts Sanctuary, a piece of tranquility not far from Melbourne. You can find map and directions here. Mystical, earthy and creative sculptures nestle among the foliage of the lush rainforest; if you are quiet you can hear the birds. It is hard not be quiet and talk in hushed tones, the reverence of this location is a lovely way to spend a few hours. Entry here is free, and children are welcome. Take care if visiting after rain, as I found the paths in some spots a little slippery. There is no parking at the Sanctuary itself, but there is ample parking on the other side of the road, a short walk away. There is also a little gift shop and video presentations on the history of the area and about William Ricketts and his work. If you fancy something hot to eat and drink on a cold Winter's day, Olinda is just down the road with it's wonderful, cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. Why not go all out on a Devonshire Tea?