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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Whether you see the Sanctuary after it's rained or if the sun has shined, they're a peaceful and restful sight to behold. The 'Forest of Love' is a must see place where William Ricketts created his spiritual abode for all to enjoy. When you walk through the sanctuary, you get such a sense of connectedness with nature.

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Towering greenery add to the mystical atmosphere as you wander along curved pathways abound with sculptures. The artistic creations blend with the natural rocks and trees, and display a glimpse of the passion that William Ricketts had for his craft and for living at one with this planet.

It's a magical place that must continue to be preserved so please respect the carvings and enjoy this truely serene place of history.

little TIPS

  • toilets onsite
  • although mostly flat surfaces, there's a few steps and small inclines to navigate
  • gift shop


1402 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mount Dandenong VIC 3767


Open daily (except Christmas Day) 10am - 4.30pm

The sanctuary may close during dangerous weather conditions, high fire risk or for major works





Melbourne, Australia


Humidity: 31%

Wind: 16.09 km/h

  • 04 Jan 2019

    Sunny 41°C 20°C

  • 05 Jan 2019

    Partly Cloudy 23°C 15°C

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