William Ricketts Sanctuary | Mt. Dandenong

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong!

 

The Dandenong ranges offer a plethora of attractions and being a Melburnian one can’t deny the fact how much we love our weekend road trips. So, here it is we decided to head to Mount Dandenong and experience a slice of the aboriginal culture in Victoria.William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong

Amidst beauty and tranquillity this place offers more than just mystical cemented sculptures on the tree barks! Just an hour drive from Melbourne, we reached this sanctuary which is well perched on the highway and easy to navigate. The sanctuary is a no food and trash zone, so make sure keep these things safe in your car. If you have any leave them in your car, there are nearby parks and villages where you can enjoy your hot lunch.

 


This place takes you back to the aboriginal era to experience a rustic storytelling with 90 evocative sculptures carved out of the trees, the settling in the ranges gives some different vibes while you enter the sanctuary. The entire setting looks larger than life and each carved faces has a different story to say. Take time to explore the pathway through the sanctuary while you explore your way to find a new character. Some of his works throughout the grounds also depict his feelings on the takeover and devastation of white man into the natural environment.

Navigating through the sanctuary was done in less than an hour, so decided to head to the village of Olinga and sassafras. Don’t forget to drop down to the Village tea shop or a cosy tea/coffee break, relaxing over a cuppa near a fireplace is the best thing you can do spending the evening with family and friends. If you still feel like cruising through the mount Dandenong, don’t forget to check out the 1000 steps.

 

So, before you think where to head this weekend, dont forgot to drive through this scenic sanctuary.

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A day of Autumn at Bendigo!

An Instagram worthy city which is located just 150kms away from Melbourne was my weekend destination. The 4th largest city in Victoria, offers picturesque laneways, Vintage (Talking) tramways, Manicured gardens, Colonial era buildings and historical precincts.

Chancery Lane

The famous Chancery Lane and a wholesome brunch to go along with it, this lane is located right in the middle of CBD and is easy to locate. We were greeted by beautiful decorated walls and decided to settle down at the El Gordo Café over a coffee.

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Chancery Lane!
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Chancery Lane, Bendigo!
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Lane art!
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El Gordo Cafe, Chancery Lane!

Vintage Talking Tram

The Vintage Talking trams is the heartbeat of Bendigo, they run across the CBD, taking you across the numerous historical landmarks of the city. Hop on and hop off anytime when you wish to make a stopover or stay on to finish the trip in just 30 mins.

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Bendigo Woollen Mills!
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Woollen Mills, Bendigo!
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Talking tram!

Walk down 7 mins from the Bendigo Station is the visitors centre, to grab your talking tram tickets and hop on from any stop to start your journey. Our 1st stop was the Bendigo Woollen Mills. Explore the 18th century trams that no longer runs on the streets and are now on display as a part of their Vintage Collection. The famous Woollen woven trams only ran during the winter season, therefore I was unable to catch a glimpse of it.

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Talking Tram
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Talking Tram
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Woollen Mills, Bendigo

While you settle for a cosy place in the tram, you’re taken back in time discovering the iconic architecture of the city and the Gold rush era.

Joss House Temple, Chinese community is an integral part of Bendigo history and this place is one of the few remaining of the 18th century. Understanding the cultural heritage of a city specially which has various cultural amalgamation.

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Joss House Temple, Bendigo!

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Sacred Heart Cathedral was our next stop, this is one of Australia’s largest churches and is extremely beautiful. It’s massive and extends over a lush green stretch of land, on a bright sunny morning this place looks like a family hang around place.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Historical buildings

Alexandra Fountain, Bendigo Town Hall, Pall Mall, Head post office, Hotel Shamprock, Military Museum, Myer place, Bendigo art Gallery, Golden Dragon Museum, Rosalind Park are the major historical buildings which you can’t give a miss. Located adjacent to each other these architectural wonders takes you back in time to relive the history of the era.

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Military Museum!
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Golden Dragon Museum!
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Golden Dragon Museum!

A day tour is too short a time to enjoy this colourful era, go ahead and explore this beautiful city of Victoria which offers something for solo or a family traveller.