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.
The path from the information centre is initially flat with a hard bitumen surface. There is a short, 20 metre section that is steep with a gradient of approximately gradient of 1 in 7. Once past that section the path remains at less than a 1 in 14 gradient right through to the log cabin visual display building.
Path to Visual Display Centre
The entry to this building is wide and the left hand room provides good access. The aisle down beside the seating is wide and there is an area at the front for wheelchair visitors. The paths immediately around the building are flat hard packed fine gravel.
Outside and inside the Visual Display Centre
From the log cabin visual display building there is a choice to return back the same way or to take the sealed path to the gallery and upper sculptures. The path leading to the upper road has sections with a gradient of 1 in 4.
Before the main road is a path off to the left accessing the sculptures “Brute” and “Long Beard”. This path is also sealed and the gradients are less than 1 in 14.
Path to Long Beard
The final section of the path to the main road is steep with an approximate gradient of 1 in 5. The road to the main gallery is steep again with an approximate gradient of 1 in 4. The road back to the information centre has gradients as steep as 1 in 10 with the final section approximately 1 in 7. “Earthly Mother” is only accessible via steps but can be seen from the main road.
The main entrance to the information centre has a standard door width of 750 millimeters. The information centre contains a disabled toilet and baby change room facility. The upper level contains the information counter and the lower level the souvenir items.
The levels are linked by an internal ramp.
The main entrance into the Sanctuary is from the lower level which has a wide doorway.
Carpark and driveway
There are three designated accessible parking spaces available.
One is underneath the visitors centre on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. That bay is 3.5 metres wide with additional loading space available in the adjoining bus pull in area. As this bay backs onto Mount Dandenong Tourist Road it is not suitable for rear loading vans.
Two additional designated bays are located at either end of the lower car park on the opposite side of the road. These bays are 6.4 metres wide. The use of these bays is subject to the ability to climb the long ramp from the car park to the road. This ramp has a maximum gradient of 1 in 4.5 over its lower half but the minimum gradient on the ramp is 1 in 8.
The right hand side of the driveway has a gentler gradient but it is still approximately 1 in 7.