Join the Gruffalo Trail 2 at Rippon Lea Estate

Look who’s hiding at Rippon Lea Estate

Pick up The Gruffalo Trail 2 throughout all 14 acres of Rippon Lea Estate.

Journey through the winding paths and gardens into a deep dark wood, and spot your favourite characters using the new augmented reality app, with new features.

The interactive trail is included with garden entry to Rippon Lea Estate and is available daily, 10am to 3.00pm. 


About the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo was initially published in 1999 in the United Kingdom and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The book was penned by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and tells the story of a mouse on a walk through a European forest.

The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children’s literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway and even adapted into an Oscar-nominated animated film.

Watch the making of The Gruffalo Spotter App here.


What’s New in the Gruffalo Trail 2?

There are so many new things in this version of the app, it’s really exciting. Similar to the first trail and app, families interact with the 3D characters from the book and film on the self-led trail through Rippon Lea Estate, which is packed with fantastic facts and fun activities about nature and animals – plus with this version, we’ve introduced face and body recognition technology so the characters look at the children directly. If you roar, the Gruffalo roars back!

Photographs can be saved on your device and you can also create little mini-movies of your time with the characters, that can be shared using the #GruffaloSpotters hashtag. The final new feature is selfie mode, so you can get a brilliant close up with the stars of the show, the Gruffalo and Mouse.


Purchase tickets on arrival

Important Update: Rippon Lea Estate gardens and the Gruffalo Trail  2 are now open. Click here for conditions of entry and more information.

General admission tickets include garden entry and The Gruffalo Trail.

Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child (3-15 years): $9
Family (2 adults & 2 children): $40
National Trust Members: Free

Download to play

Prior to your visit to Rippon Lea make sure to download The Gruffalo Spotter AUS App, simply:

  1. Open the App Store or Google Play (The Gruffalo Spotter 2 AUS app is free for both iOS and Android users based in Australia)
  2. Search ‘Gruffalo Spotter 2 AUS’
  3. Tap the app to open
  4. Click the get/install button
  5. Open the app and make sure the settings are set for images to save directly to your camera roll.
  6. Start the trail at Rippon Lea Estate!

*Please note The Gruffalo Spotter 2 has been developed for:
iOS: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6s and up, iPad 2017+, iPad Pro.
Android: Requires Android 7+ (Nougat) and up.
Previous versions of these devices will not be fully supported.

Using the app

Once you’ve downloaded the app, keep an eye out for the special AR markers along the way to bring the characters to life. There are five markers to activate Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and The Gruffalo. Jump behind or beside the marker to snap a photo.

Make sure before taking a photo the app settings are set for images to save directly to your camera roll and be sure to save your photos or take a screenshot before deleting the app. 

Then, make sure to share your favourite pics with us using #NationalTrustVic and #GruffaloSpotters

Download a copy of the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Planning your visit

Rippon Lea Estate


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC

(03) 9656 9889
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