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. The garden is tended by a Head Gardener, staff of five gardeners and a team of volunteers.



For more information on Rippon Lea Estate and what’s on visit the website here.

Please note that Rippon Lea Estate will be closed on Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 December for filming.

Updated Conditions of Entry

The safety of our visitors and staff remains our top priority. We have put measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of everybody and conditions of entry will apply to all visitors and staff. Please review our updated Conditions of Entry for more information.


Planning your visit

Rippon Lea Estate


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC


May to August 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
September to April 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Mansion tours operate throughout the day, subject to guide availability.
Tea Rooms 11am - 4pm
Visit for details.


Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Please note that Rippon Lea Estate will be closed on Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 December for filming.

(03) 9656 9889
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:

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.
Shop with the National Trust and you’ll be supporting our valuable work.
National Trust Members receive 10% off all purchases on the presentation of their membership card.

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.

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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 in our tea rooms.


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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