Australian Heritage Festival: Grand Victorian Picnic

Rippon Lea Estate is recognised as one of the best preserved Victorian pleasure gardens in the world. Immerse yourself in the Victorian era whilst picnicking on the beautiful sweeping lawns of the Estate.

Enjoy demonstrations of Victorian leisure and sporting activities, Victoria Sponge cake sales, tours of the garden, focussing on the Victorian fernery, homemade Mrs Beeton’s lemonade tastings, boating on the lake, children’s games and much more.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in their finest Victorian picnic wear, or simply relax and enjoy the sights.

BYO picnic and blanket.



Adult: $10
Child/Concession: $7
National Trust Member: Free

Planning your visit


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC


May to August 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
September to April 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Visit for details.
Entry to the house is by guided tour only, which can be booked upon arrival at the property.
Guided house tours are subject to volunteer availability and run half hourly from 10.30am to 3.00pm.
Please note: On May 2 and May 23, the last tour of the day will be 1.30pm due to fundraising events being held in the mansion. 
Garden tours run on select days at 11am and 2pm.


Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Bookings Office (03) 9656 9889 Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm.
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