William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary


William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, featuring extraordinary sculptures of people and animals half-hidden in the natural environment, just waiting to be discovered.

Interconnecting paths take you on a magical tour of cool temperate forest, lush fern gullies, and the 92 striking sculptures, perfect for quiet reflection and contemplation of the vision of artist William Ricketts.

An audio tour bringing to life the work and passion of William Ricketts is available for hire at the sanctuary for a fee of $5.

A gallery featuring additional works by William Ricketts, as well as information on the artist and his sculptures, can be found in the north-west area of the grounds.

Opening hours

William Ricketts Sanctuary is open daily from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Days, days of Total Fire Ban and Severe Weather events.

Entrance to the sanctuary is free.



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How to get there

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Public car park located opposite the sanctuary entrance.

Need to know

William Ricketts Sanctuary

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

    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)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    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.
    • 1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk 
    • 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)

Contact William Ricketts Sanctuary

1402 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
Mount Dandenong VIC
13 1963
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