Join the Gruffalo Trail at Rippon Lea Estate

Look who’s hiding at Rippon Lea Estate

Pick up The Gruffalo Trail 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.

The interactive trail is included with Rippon Lea garden entry, along with all the photo opportunities you can snag.

Visit Rippon Lea Estate daily 10am to 4pm from 2 August and find the Gruffalo’s brand new hideout.


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.


Download a copy of the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Download to play

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

  • Open the App Store or Google Play (The Gruffalo Spotter AUS app is free for both iOS and Android users based in Australia)
  • Search ‘Gruffalo Spotter AUS’
  • Tap the app to open
  • Click the get/install button
  • Open the app and start the trail once at Rippon Lea Estate

Once arrived at Rippon Lea look for the 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, and be sure to save your photos before deleting the app.

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


Purchase tickets on arrival

General admission tickets includes garden entry, guided tours and The Gruffalo Trail.

Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child (4-15 years): $9
Family (2 adults & 2 children): $40
National Trust Members: Free

Planning your visit


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC

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

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