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Cruise out to Mount Dandenong and spend a few quiet hours in the peaceful surrounds of the world-renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary. Located in a ferny glade off the tourist road, the sanctuary is home to more than 90 evocative sculptures, many of Aboriginal people, which lie half-hidden in the trees, rocks and undergrowth of the native forest. 

Indigenous connections

Influenced by his time living in Aboriginal communities in central Australia, William Ricketts believed everyone should respect the inherent spirituality of the natural world. Many of his sculptural works reflect his commitment to this ideal, while others depict his response to the effect the European settlers' had on the environment. 

Faces in the trees

Take the time to explore the sanctuary grounds, wandering through the paths that criss-cross the property. See the striking sculptures, carved into rocks and trees show that show the local aboriginal peoples' strong and ancient connection to the land.

Check out the audio-visual display to learn about the history and get an insight into the passion and vision of William Ricketts.

Travel safe

Weather and travel conditions can change quickly. Always check the local weather conditions and current bushfire information on the Parks Victoria website before you visit.  

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