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Hermit's Cave Complex

Location: Scenic Drive, Griffith, NSW 2680

Constructed: 1929-1952

After migrating from Italy at the age of 17, Valerio Ricetti became a hermit on Scenic Hill. After falling in love and having his heart broken, Ricetti searched for somewhere he could be alone and these haunting caves became his retreat. For 23 years, Ricetti built a complex of enclosed rocky outcrops, walk ways, gardens and terraces, as well as growing his own crops, fashioning a shrine and engraving inscriptions in the rocks. This unique and rare cultural landscape documents Ricetti's resourcefulness and skill, while also demonstrating his interpretation and integration of natural landscape and materials to create his own environment. An amazing and beautiful place to visit!

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Name of item: Hermit's Cave Complex
Other name/s: Scenic Hill
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Collection: Transient Accommodation
Category: Cave
Location: Scenic Drive, Griffith, NSW 2680
Local Govt: Griffith
Designer: Valerio Ricetti
Builder: Valerio Ricetti
Constructed: 1929-1952
Current use: Scenic reserve with native bushland
Former use: Native bushland; strong likelihood of prior Aboriginal cultural use.