Rippon Lea House & Gardens, Elsternwick

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Garden Historic Site
Just 20 minutes from the central business district, Rippon Lea House & Gardens 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 & Gardens and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Rippon Lea House and gardens is a must for anyone visiting or living in Melbourne.The gardens are fantastic well maintained a must visit will not be dissapointed  more »
  • I came to Rippon Lea primarily to see the latest exhibition Nightlife- a fashion exhibition of the 1920s and 30s. This historic house is the perfect setting for it, with the exhibition covering both f...  more »
  • Fans of Miss Fisher murder mysteries would have no doubt visited this heritage home & well kept grounds. I did too a few years ago & enjoyed it. Parking is a challenge esp. if some exhibition or event...  more »
  • Amazing gardens, lovely girls at reception area! Beautiful for a peaceful day off. Be careful with slippery shoes, though. All the steps are old school, some are quite steep and rustic, so would be wise to have close toes. Plus, it's rather challenging to explore the gardens with a pram! Go for a baby carrier if you can on this occasion. And if you're excited to visit the mansion itself, you should definitely ring ahead to check if it's closed for visitors on the day due to filming or an exhibition. Will definitely come back more prepared!
  • An amazing house. Felt a bit tacky inside with the props and projectors they have placed around for the current event, and most areas of the house that anyone would find interesting are sadly blocked off with plywood or mirrors for "staff use only"... a sneaky peek usually discovered a disused room used as storage. Bedrooms are boring, and everything else is blocked. No signage to describe what each room was, or when it was renovated onto - though if you have an appreciation for these properties you'll be able to piece together inferred bits of information. The real amazement begins once you exit the house and explore the gardens. Though you do need an imagination - there is nothing around the estate to describe the what, how, when, or why of ANYTHING on the property. There is so much beauty in the design of the property. Make sure you bring your phone - Wikipedia will offer far more fascinating information to you than any staff or signage.
  • Great Sunday afternoon beautiful gardens. Relaxing. Next to Lake listening to the music.
  • It was beautifully restored house and gardens takes you back to another era. Lake adorable, swimming pool superb only for viewing these days.
  • Beautiful place for a ramble with young kids. They loved the slightly hidden play area which included a giant metalwork tortoise shell over a sandpit, and climbing logs. Visit the treehouse for a great view over the lake and garden.