• History & heritage

Rippon Lea Estate

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria, 3185


Following the Government’s announcement regarding the COVID-19 response efforts, all National Trust properties in Victoria, including Rippon Lea Estate are temporarily closed to the public.

Rippon Lea Estate will be closed to the public as of 5pm Monday, March 23. All upcoming events have been postponed or cancelled. If you have any questions regarding a booking please email [email protected]


An intact example of 19th century suburban high life, the National Heritage Listed Rippon Lea Estate is like a suburb all to itself, an authentic Victorian mansion amidst 14 acres of breathtaking gardens.

Make yourself at home exploring over 20 rooms in the original estate, its sweeping heritage grounds, a picturesque lake and waterfall, an original 19th century fruit orchard and the largest fernery in the Southern Hemisphere.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Gruffalo’s latest hideout.

Open all year, Rippon Lea Estate is Victoria’s grandest backyard.

Please note from Monday 24 February to Friday 20 March the Mansion will be closed for the installation of the Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears Exhibition. This exhibition is open from Friday 20 March until Sunday 19 July and is presented inside the mansion.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Exhibition: 20 March - 19 July. Phryne returns with an exhibition filled with glamour, romance and adventure.

Content: National Trust (Victoria)
Type Entry cost
Indicative prices

$15 Adult $12 Concession $9 Children (5-15 years) $40 Family (two adults and two children) Free admission for National Trust members. Guided tours of the house and gardens run throughout the day from 10:30am to 3:00pm subject to volunteer availability.

$12.00 - $15.00

Children (5-15 years) From August 2019 to July 2020 general admission also includes The Gruffalo Trail.

Opening hours:
  • Daily: 10:00am - 4:00pm

25 Dec 2019

  • Closed

10 Apr 2020

  • Closed
  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Coach parking
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
  • National Trust
192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria, 3185

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