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“William Rickets Sanctuary a hidden treasure”

William Ricketts Sanctuary
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Dandenong Ranges Nature Day Trip from Melbourne Including William Ricketts...
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

We had never heard of this beautiful place, What a surprise! Go there!

The art work is amazing, such beauty and expression in the faces!! This man has seen into the inner being of the aboriginal people!

Make sure you see the videos, dont stop until you see William/Bill speaking of his essence.

The peace and stunned amazement he puts forward, one can feel it all.

We were so pleased we called in here, the parking is up the road a little and you can go down to the parking oppisate the park.

staff was delightful and very helpful

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Reviewed 29 August 2011

I have been to the William Ricketts sanctuary a few times with school. Recently I had an international friend staying with me and I wanted to show her something that not many other tourists knew about.

As soon as we walked into the property she was amazed and couldn't belive the beauty of the place. Not only are you walking though lush green forest but you are walking a story trail of the Native Australian Aboriginal.

William Ricketts was a very talented sculpture and captured the true essence of the Australian Aboriginals in clay. The way he has lovingly placed them though out this garden creates a different world and something that is truely unique.

For international visitors you will will not hear about this place of find a pamplet in the tourist information centre because when William Rickett died he wrote in his will that it was not allowed to be advertised.

However if you are in the Mount Dandenong area or you have hired a car, this will be a very magical moment to you stay here in Melbourne.

3  Thank elena343
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

The sanctuary is located in the Dandenong Ranges about an hour east of Melbourne. It is nestled in rain forest with tall gums and the call of wild birds all around. There is a very good cafe which is across the road, and adjacent to the large sanctuary car park. We had Devonshire tea before proceeding to the sanctuary, and the service and friendliness of the owners there was excellent. You can sit at the window and see Kookaburras and Crimson Rosella's feed and play. They even have some of William Rickett's works there.

The sanctuary itself is a treasure of art that William Rickett's created of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. As you walk down paths and into small grotto's the art is all around you. Dreamtime faces of children, old men and mother nature. There is a spiritual feel about the whole site, which was once the artist's studio and home. There is a hut that shows a short video about the artist's life, and a gallery with some impressive works. You can even see the giant kiln he used to fuse the clay works into rocks, and so make his people look like they were naturally a part of the bushland.

I recommend this place to every visitor to Melbourne. Entrance to the sanctuary is free.

4  Thank aussie_history_lover
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

We often have international guests staying with us and the first place I take them to is William Rickett's sanctuary as it captures the real essence of Australia. I never tire of the tranquility and sense of calm in this magical place. I am surprised it is not on the "tourist" must see list of things to do, but also pleased as I would hate it to become crowded and damaged in any way. What a caring, feeling man William was and his affinity with the aboriginal people was truly amazing.
To finish off with a devonshire tea at the cafe opposite and watch the kookaburras being fed is the icing on the cake!!

4  Thank pote1950
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

If you are interested in sculpture and/or Aboriginal Australia, then the sanctuary will appeal. In DVDs shown at the site, William Ricketts appears as an eccentric genius. His clay pieces, mainly of Aboriginal people & mythical figures are made of clay but appear as one with rocks and glades within the parklands. It is very peaceful to walk through and discover the sculptures in the many nooks and crannies of the sanctuary.

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