Rippon Lea Estate – closed

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.

ANNOUNCEMENT 23 March 2020
Following the Government directive as part of the COVID-19 response efforts, all National Trust properties in Victoria, including the Old Melbourne Gaol and gardens at Rippon Lea Estate and Como are now temporarily closed.

For more information on what’s coming up at Rippon Lea Estate visit the official website here.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Exhibition – *POSTPONED


We consider the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff, volunteers and all members of the public as paramount.

After receiving advice from the Victorian Department of Health, we have made the difficult to decision postpone the Miss Fisher and Crypt of Tears Exhibition at Rippon Lea Estate until a new date has been finalised, as a preventative measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For those that have pre-purchased tickets our team is working closely with Eventbrite on holding tickets for rebooking at preferred dates when the exhibition reopens. An email will follow shortly to all ticket holders regarding next steps on this.

Any questions regarding your booking, please contact our bookings office via email at

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.
Guided house tours are subject to volunteer availability and run half hourly from 10.30am to 3.00pm.
Garden tours run on select days at 11am and 2pm.


Good Friday and Christmas Day.

(03) 9523 6095
Entry Fees:

General Admission (includes garden entry, plus guided tour of the mansion - subject to availability) - Adult: $15, Concession: $12, Child (3-15 years): $9, Family (2 adults + 2 children): $40.
National Trust Members FREE

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. Please see Rippon Lea Estate's website for more information, plus terms and conditions -

A Virtual Reality headset is available for mobility impaired visitors courtesy of the State Trustees Australia Foundation.

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

What we offer:

"A score of years ago Rippon Lea was a flat, sandy waste; now it is a model landscape garden, showing nature idealised and full of delightful surprises..."

The Sydney Mail, 13 September 1902

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Guided Tours

Guided tours of the mansion and gardens are available daily. Visitors who have mobility problems can use a Virtual Reality Headset on request, provided courtesy of State Trustees Australia Foundation.

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 at the Gatehouse.


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.



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.


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.


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.


Weddings and Functions at Rippon Lea

For Garden Hire and Wedding enquiries contact the National Trust team at or (03) 9656 9817


More information can also be found in the following brochures:

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Wedding Brochure

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Functions and Venue Hire Brochure

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