Rippon Lea House & Garden, Elsternwick

(4.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Just 20 minutes from the central business district, Rippon Lea House & Garden offers visitors a rare look inside a 19th century grand suburban estate. With a garden area of over 5.7 hectares (14 acres), the site features manicured lawns and Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of native ferns. The estate also includes a large orchard, with more than 100 varieties of heritage apples and pears. Bring a book and a light picnic lunch and enjoy some relaxing time on the grass, or roam through the sprawling estate to see what life in the 19th was like for wealthy Australians. Don’t forget to climb the mansion’s lookout tower, which offers panoramic views of the area. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Elsternwick holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rippon Lea House & Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is a posh 19th-century mansion. Now is donated to the local government and the public. You cannot use/h has a tour of the building interior and does not take a tour inside the building. I thought it's the moneyed classes were relatively equal society Australia.
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  • Ripponlea is a beautiful, heritage listed property from the 19th century which comprises a large furnished house with ballroom and swimming pool which is set in a beautiful garden. The garden is a goo...  more »
  • This wasn't my first visit to this place, and won't be my last (with any luck)! I still don't know whether the house or the garden is my favourite part, but the whole experience is magical. What a tre...  more »
  • Take my mum to the Dressmaker exhibition, which I must add was to die for. The house is in such great condition and just stunning if you appreciate timeless beauty. We had a Devonshire tea in the old stables that is now a café and that was also perfect. The gardens and just beautiful and relaxing. Will definitely return as they have a children's garden area that would be great for a picnic.
  • What a spectacular old house! The wealth that family had must have been incredible. The gardens are very pleasant to walk around.
  • Great landscape and scenery!! Every corner of the garden have its own story, 2 hours quick walk and relax seat in the garden will be a good plan to do.. Have a nice cup of tea from the café in the back of the mansion..
  • What an amazing period of time this estate represents. From the manicured gardens to the amazing lake; from the banister staircase to the art hanging on the walls. Although this place is beginning to show some disrepair, the place is lovingly displayed to show respect to a long gone era in our history.
  • A gem amongst the Melbourne Eastern suburbs, beautiful lush gardens and original building, a great outing for the family, they also have a small lake and a viewing tower. There is also a small cafe serving yummy food