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, cats, pets allowed
  • No vehicles
  • Management vehicle only


  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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

Following the cyclogenesis storm event of June 2021, William Ricketts Sanctuary remains closed to public access. 

The Sanctuary was heavily impacted by large fallen trees and branches during the storm.  So far, 32 sculptures have been found to be damaged, as well as the public toilets, the original residence, Stone Studio and Kiln, as well as the Sanctuary’s fencing, pathways, and handrails.

The Sanctuary remains dangerous for the public to enter – the risk of weakened or damaged trees and branches is still extremely high.
The Sanctuary will remain closed during 2022, as we carry out the significant and complex work needed to make the site safe for people to enjoy once more.  We’re asking Victorians to put their safety first and observe site closures, signage and fenced-off areas as trees, rocks and soil may continue to move – especially during or after rain or wind events.

At this stage, there is no specific date when the Sanctuary is expected to re-open.

Please 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)

Closures due to storm damage

  •      Valley Picnic Ground is closed to picnicking; visitors can use Boundary Road to access the park however         no vehicle access is permitted.
  •      Sections of Sassafras Creek/Menzies Creek walking track
  •      Wattle Track in Sherbrooke 
  •      William Ricketts Sanctuary
  •      Areas of Silvan/Olinda forest 

Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1,671KB)

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