William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

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William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, featuring extraordinary sculptures of people and animals half-hidden in the natural environment, just waiting to be discovered.

Interconnecting paths take you on a magical tour of cool temperate forest, lush fern gullies, and the 92 striking sculptures, perfect for quiet reflection and contemplation of the vision of artist William Ricketts.

An audio tour bringing to life the work and passion of William Ricketts is available for hire at the sanctuary for a fee of $5.

A gallery featuring additional works by William Ricketts, as well as information on the artist and his sculptures, can be found in the north-west area of the grounds.

Opening hours

William Ricketts Sanctuary is open daily from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Days, days of Total Fire Ban and Severe Weather events.

Entrance to the sanctuary is free.

 

 

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How to get there

William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Public car park located opposite the sanctuary entrance.

Need to know

William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Dandenong Ranges Gardens closed due to significant storm damage

    The Dandenong Ranges was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and the Gardens are closed until further notice.
    Assessments are still ongoing, but it is anticipated that some areas will be able to open in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.
     
    Please note it is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.

Contact William Ricketts Sanctuary

1402 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
Mount Dandenong VIC
13 1963
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