Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea is a large 19th century mansion surrounded by 7 hectares of Victorian pleasure gardens. It is listed on the National Heritage Register as one of the finest examples of original suburban estate in Australia.

The house was completed in 1868. It was built for Frederick Sargood. Sargood made his money selling soft-goods on the goldfields. The house is named after his mother’s maiden-name, Rippon. Lea is an English word for meadow. The property was a large, self-sufficient farm, about twice the size it is now. The mansion was originally 15 rooms; it currently has 33 rooms. Sargood moved in with his first wife, Marian, and their 9 surviving children. There were 7 maids, a butler, 7 gardeners, a coachman and a groom.

Sargood was a typical man of the Victorian Age – visionary and practical. This resulted in an elaborate underground watering system and the house having its own electricity supply. Unusually for its time, the house had internal toilets. Sargood was a keen gardener who was particularly interested in orchids and ferns. A large number of plants were imported.

The garden is complex and covers almost 14 acres, which includes a large lake, extensive shrubberies and flower gardens, an orchard of historically significant fruit varieties, a fernery, rose gardens and many other features of historical, landscape and architectural interest, all forming the setting for the polychrome brick mansion completed in 1868.

Read more about the history of Rippon Lea Estate


See & Do

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the 7 hectares pleasure garden or step inside charming Mansion.
  • Discover the diverse family of birds that call Rippon Lea home on a guided Bird Spotting Walk.
  • Pack a picnic to enjoy on the sweeping lawns or purchase pre-order from our range to collect on arrival. Stop in at the gatehouse to refresh and enjoy a quick bite to eat or a hot drink
  • Browse a lovely selection of gifts and homewares to suit everyone’s taste at the Gatehouse Gift shop, or purchase from a wonderful variety of plants at the Nursery. National Trust Members receive 10% off all purchases on the presentation of their membership card.

 

There is always something exciting happening at Rippon Lea, from outdoor cinema and theatre shows to heritage apple sales and family fun days. Visit the website to find what’s coming up.

 

Place Details

Opening Times

September to April
10am – 5pm

May to August
10am – 4pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Admission

Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child: $9(3 - 15 years)
Family: $40 (2A + 2C)

National Trust Members receive FREE general admission.

General Admission includes garden entry and guided tour of the Mansion. (subject to availability)

City of Glen Eira and Port Phillip residents have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate.

Location

192 Hotham Street,
Elsternwick 3185

Bunurong / Boon Wurrung Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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Plan your Visit

Rippon Lea Estate

Address:

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC

Entry Fees:

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

General Admission includes garden entry, plus guided tour of the mansion (subject to availability).

City of Glen Eira and Port Phillip residents have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate.
To obtain an entry card, residents must show acceptable forms of ID with proof of residency and complete an application form available in the Gatehouse on entry to the property.

What we offer:
  • Tea Room: Please note that the Tea Rooms are open for takeaway hot and cold drinks, ice cream, and biscuits. Sandwiches and cakes will be on offer when available. Takeaway drinks and food can be enjoyed on the main mansion veranda where tables and chairs will be provided to soak up the beautiful views of the garden.
  • The Gatehouse Gift Shop: There is a lovely selection of gifts and homewares to suit everyone’s taste.
  • The Gatehouse Nursery: Here you will find a wonderful variety of plants for sale.

National Trust Members receive 10% off all purchases on the presentation of their membership card.

For school bookings or group bookings, please contact our Bookings Office on (03) 9656 9889 Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm.

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Winter Lunch & Tour Package

Friday & Saturday

For just $70pp, enjoy a 2-course lunch including a glass of wine or a beer at Rippon Lea Food & Wine, before visiting the stunning estate.

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Garden Tours

Select Days

Join us for an insightful 45-minute social history tour of the garden.

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Bird Life Tours

Wednesdays & Thursdays

Explore the diverse family of birds that call Rippon Lea home.

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Weddings

This classic venue is home to picturesque gardens including an ornamental lake, orchard, fernery and sweeping lawns where elegance and magnificence combine creating the perfect surroundings for your special occasion.

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Education Programs

Rippon Lea has two schools programs that are great for lower primary student levels with either a science focus or a Then and Now experience.
We also offer a VCE Geography program.

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Group Bookings

For groups of ten or more Rippon Lea offers the opportunity to pre-book house and garden tours. You can also drop in for a picnic at our gardens, as well as lunch and Devonshire tea packages in our tea rooms.

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Venue Hire

With a magnificent ballroom leading out onto an impressive pool and over 14 acres of gardens, Rippon Lea House & Gardens is the perfect venue for your next function. Garden birthday parties and picnics or family gatherings. The Ballroom is an impressive venue for receptions, corporate entertaining and gala dinners.

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Photography and Filming

Rippon Lea is a unique location for filming and photography. For information on location fees or photography, video and film - please enquire.

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Become a Volunteer

Help us to inspire the community to appreciate, conserve and celebrate its natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage.

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