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Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea Estate Mansion

Help code: 18D0-38D9

  • Mansion museum
  • Victorian pleasure garden
  • 14 acres of ground to explore
  • Fernery immersion experience (audio cloud)
  • Largest fernery in the southern hemisphere
  • Victorian kitchens as per their original condition
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Purchase your tickets to Rippon Lea Estate here to tour the opulent mansion and picnic on 14 acres of tranquil gardens on the outskirts of Melbourne CBD. The Victorian estate is open to the public, once owned by the Sargood family and gifted to the National Trust.

A guided tour of the mansion gives you a glimpse into how influential Victorian's lived and partied in times gone by. The jaw-dropping property is dripping with lavish furnishings fit for royalty in addition to a lake, boathouse, pool and terraces, orchards, the largest fernery in the Southern Hemisphere and a lookout tower. Within moments of stepping onto the Rippon Lea Estate, you could easily forget you are still in Melbourne. Come view the incredible property with an extraordinary story.


Please note due to Covid-19 and government regulations, this experience is currently unavailable
  • This exhibition is open from 20 March 2020 until 19 July 2020 and is presented inside the mansion
  • During this time regular tours of the mansion will not be offered during the exhibition period and will only re-commence after all original furniture and fixtures have been re-installed and once the exhibition has ended


  • Tea rooms on site
  • Tours of the Victorian pleasure garden
  • Tours of the mansion with a volunteer guide
  • Fernery immersion experience (audio cloud)


  • Victorian pleasure garden
  • Historic mansion museum
  • 14 acres of grounds to explore
  • Fernery immersion experience
  • Largest fernery in the southern hemisphere
  • Victorian kitchens as per their original condition


  • Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
  • September to April - open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)
  • May to August - open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 3.30pm)


  • 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC

Additional Information

  • Tickets are open dated and valid for 90 days from purchase
  • Tours are subject to volunteer guide availability
  • Only trained service animals will be permitted on site
  • There is disabled access to the ground floor only of the Mansion
  • Prams can not be taken through the mansion and must be left on the step at the front door
  • There is an iPad available for people doing a guided tour with pictures of what is located on the upper floor. Please speak to the guide
  • Please note that the garden paths are gravel and can make wheelchair access difficult. Please speak to the staff in the Gatehouse for a map which highlights the more wheelchair friendly paths

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
Allow a couple of hours to join a guided tour of the Rippon Lea Estate and wander through the lush gardens. Pack a picnic and enjoy a snack on the green or grab a bite to eat at the cafe.
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