Winter is an amazing season to discover the wonders of the Dandenongs. Cool, crisp air greets you as you wander through beautiful gardens and parks. It’s the perfect playground for families and children to explore and discover nature. My kids love taking photos of moss, mushrooms and any insects they can find. William Ricketts Sanctuary is the perfect place to do just that!
William Ricketts created this beautiful garden full of over 90 scultptures and it is now managed by Parks Victoria. William started the gardens in the 1930’s and created masterpieces up until he was 90. He shares his love and respect of the Aboriginal culture through his artworks.
It is such a beautiful place to explore in Winter with the fog lifting just after 1030am and the sun that starts to stream through the huge trees. Green ferns cover the ground and Lyre birds can be heard scratching in the soil. Cockatoos screech through the air and water trickles from the sculptures.
Watch just how much the kids enjoyed it!
William Ricketts Sanctuary.
Open each day 10-430.
Location: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road Mount Dandenong.
For more info head here
In Winter it is cold so rug up! We found warm jackets, hats and scarves great for the early morning start.
A word on wheelchair access.
Mount Dandneong is a hilly area as expected. The car park has two wheelchair marked accessible parks. The carpark is on the other side of the road from the sanctuary and you make your way up to the road via a steep path. Once you cross the road with care you enter the information centre and start exploring the sanctuary.
Within the garden sanctuary the paths are paved and able to be navigated using mobility devices. There are some steep inclines for people self propelling a manual wheelchair. For our family a power wheelchair or the beach wheelchair would be best suited. There are however a few little sections that require you to go up a few steps.( there are handrails) The media room and kiln area are barrier free.
There is an accessible bathroom in the information centre.
For more information and photos Parks Vic has some great info for wheelchair users.
For a full list of all the parks and gardens in the area head here.