Adventures in the Dandenong's: William Ricketts Sanctuary

There are very few places on this planet that both amaze me and kind of scare me. William Ricketts Sanctuary is one of those places. The way William Ricketts was able to carve these beautiful statues and so effortlessly blend them into the natural surroundings is utterly amazing! The Sanctuary also gives off a little bit of a Doctor Who Weeping Angel vibe. The entire time walking through the sanctuary I kept wanting to make sure I was looking at each of the statues as to not get sent back in time. 
Anyone else get a Weeping Angel vibe from these?

As soon as you enter the sanctuary, you are embraced by this amazing sculpture garden. The gardens project a place of spiritual tranquility. The sculptures, half hidden by the ferns and other natural fauna, aid in making the sanctuary the perfect place for quiet reflection.
Father Nature with his possums

As you continue to walk through the sanctuary, you truly get to see William Ricketts vision unfold. The house where William used to live serves as an additional information centre. In the house, you're able to learn more about the life and vision of William.

Incredible he never had any training!
It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk through the entire sanctuary however, one could quite easily spend up an hour looking at all the beautiful, mysterious statues. If you're travelling through the Dandenong Ranges, it is the perfect quick stop off before exploring other areas. If you've stopped by after going on a hike (like we did), I would suggest going to the Alfred Memorial Gardens just a short trip up the road after. As you are not able to enjoy a nice picnic lunch at the Sanctuary, the Gardens is the perfect place.

If you were in Melbourne would you want to visit William Ricketts Sanctuary? If you have visited, what was your favourite part about the sanctuary? Want to learn more about the Dandenong Ranges? Click HERE!


Until next time...
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