William Ricketts Sanctuary (William Ricketts Sanctuary)


William Ricketts Sanctuary (William Ricketts Sanctuary)

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William Ricketts Sanctuary (William Ricketts Sanctuary)


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Need to know

William Ricketts Sanctuary (William Ricketts Sanctuary)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No bicycles
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • No vehicles
  • Management vehicle only


  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

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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.

William Ricketts Sanctuary - Temporary Closure

Parks Victoria has fully re-opened 14 of the 17 parks impacted by a severe cyclogenesis storm event in the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges on June 9, 2021.  The storm resulted in fallen trees and branches, blocked access to roads and tracks and damage to numerous assets.
William Ricketts Sanctuary was extensively damaged, with many sculptures, buildings, pathways and handrails destroyed by numerous large fallen trees. Our highest priority is public and staff safety, and this site remains too dangerous to enter.
We are continuing to work on a plan to reopen William Ricketts Sanctuary, but it is going to take longer than other sites due to the sheer scale of the damage and the artistic and cultural importance of the sculptures.
Storm recovery works have commenced at William Ricketts Sanctuary. Initial perimeter fuel break clearing, fallen timber and hazardous tree removal works have occurred within the Sanctuary’s 13-hectare bushland block, the 2-hectare sculpture gallery and public car park. Further fallen timber, debris and boundary fencing repairs will commence shortly.
At this stage, there is no specific date when the Sanctuary will re-open, but it is not expected to be before 2024.
We are grateful to the local community, our stakeholders and visitors for their patience and continued priority to keep safe by staying outside of this closed area.
Please continue to refer to the Parks Victoria website for up-to-date information relating to closures and change of conditions.

Attachments: WRS June 2021 Storm Damage Images (4,291KB)

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