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Location: William Ricketts Sanctuary

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Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again.


William Ricketts Sanctuary is not suitable for picnics. Nearby picnic areas are availalbe in the Alfred Nicholas Gardens and parts of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Opening hours

William Ricketts Sanctuary is open daily from 10:00am to 4:30pm daily (except Christmas Day).

The sanctuary may close during dangerous weather conditions, high fire risk or for major works. Check current conditions on the day of your planned visit to confirm it is open.

Group bookings can be arranged by phoning William Ricketts Sanctuary on 13 1963.

How to get there

William Ricketts Sanctuary is located on Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Mt Dandenong (Melways Ref: 66 G1).

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Take an audio tour of the sanctuary

With 92 sculptures of people and animals to explore in their magnificent natural surroundings, the full-length audio tour takes you…

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Exploring the Sanctuary

The path from the information centre is initially flat with a hard bitumen surface. There is a short, 20 metre…

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Facilities Summary

  • Visitor centre
  • Toilet
  • Sealed carpark

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Park Statistics


September 1994



Contact information

Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963

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