Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick

#1 of 49 in Historic Sites in Greater Melbourne
Must see · Garden · Historic Site
Just 20 minutes from the central business district, Rippon Lea Estate offers visitors a rare look inside a 19th century grand suburban estate. With a garden area of over 5.7 hectares (14 acres), the site features manicured lawns and Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of native ferns. The estate also includes a large orchard, with more than 100 varieties of heritage apples and pears. Bring a book and a light picnic lunch and enjoy some relaxing time on the grass, or roam through the sprawling estate to see what life in the 19th was like for wealthy Australians. Don’t forget to climb the mansion’s lookout tower, which offers panoramic views of the area. To visit Rippon Lea Estate on your trip to Elsternwick, use our Elsternwick journey planner.
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  • Visited on Wednesday 12th February, we are NT members so entry was free for us. We checked out the grounds while we waited for our guided tour of the house. Overall spent about 2 hours there. It pays....  more »
  • Should have checked before we went... the house was closed to the Public in March 2020 as they were preparing it for the Miss Fisher Crypt of Tears exhibition. Visited on 6 March and the exhibition.....  more »
  • This place is beautiful. The gardens are stunning and great for a picnic. The house was fascinating. I wish it was mine. Recommended for a day trip
  • Stunning place, delightful. I highly recommend people should go here. Lovely grounds and easy enough to get public transport to.
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