Rippon Lea House and Garden

Elsternwick, VIC, 3185

Rippon Lea House and Garden

Gifted to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 1972 Rippon Lea's magnificent Mansion and gardens date back to 1868. The garden 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.

Regular Opening Times

September to AprilOpen Daily10am - 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)May to AugustOpen Daily10am - 4pm (Last entry 3.30pm)Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Entry Fee: $15

Wander around the stunning 14 acre gardens, tour inside the historic mansion* and visit the Tea Room.$15 Adult$12 Concession$9 Children (3-15 years)$40 Family (2 adults + 2 children)FREE admission for National Trust members.*Please note from August 2020 to July 2021 general admission also includes The Gruffalo Trail. *Please note from December 2020 to late May 2021 the Miss Fisher Exhibition will be showing inside the mansion at an extra cost.

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces

Location & Contact Info

  • 192 Hotham Street
  • Elsternwick, VIC, 3185

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Mediteranean

Summer avg. Max: 25°C Winter avg. Min: 7°C
Avg Frost Days:2
Annual Rainfall avg: 674mm. Summer avg. 146mm.
No. of rainy days: 44 Winter avg. 163mm.

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Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears Exhibition

Dec 2020 - Late May 2021
10AM - 4PM

Miss Fisher returns to Rippon Lea Estate

Phryne Fisher returns with a brand new exhibition filled with glamour, romance and adventure. Experience large scale installations recreating Miss Fisher's world, complete with an interactive mystery experience, all the while enjoying the feature film costumes designed by Margot Wilson, props and more from Miss Fisher's first cinematic release, Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears.

Immerse yourself in the adventure with Phryne and unravel a decade old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the disappearance of a forgotten tribe.

Be transported back to where it all began with a retrospective of the original series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, as well as costumes from the expanded Miss Fisher universe including the 1960's spin off series Ms Fisher's Modern Mysteries and the upcoming Chinese adaptation Miss S, where Phryne has been reimagined as a crime fighting sleuth in 1920s Shanghai.

General Admission (includes exhibition and garden entry)
Adult $26
Concession $22
Child (5-15 year) $13
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $65

National Trust Members
Adult $22
Concession $20
Child (5-15 year) $11
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $55

The exhibition is open daily, 10am to 4pm.  More Info »

The Gardens

In 1910 the property was bought by Benjamin Nathan who, like Sargood, was very interested in the garden, especially orchids they won numerous awards. Nathan also introduced more native plants into the garden and built a large conservatory and 14 glasshouses. At one time he employed 14-17 gardeners.  More Info »

The Fernery

The house's original owner Frederick Sargood was a keen gardener and particularly interested in orchids and ferns. His initial designs were extended including a new, enlarged fernery and made less formal over the years.  More Info »

The Mansion - Currently closed for exhibition

The Drawing Room pictured was originally Frederick Sargood's study and it underwent many changes over the years including the 'Hollywood Style' renovations in 1938-39, which is what you see today. It's just one of the many magnificent rooms not to be missed in the house including the ornate Master Bedroom, the Conservatory, the glamorous Dining room and Ballroom.

Please note tours inside the mansion are not available during an exhibition.  More Info »

Join the Gruffalo Trail 2

Daily until July 2021

Journey through the winding paths and gardens into a deep dark wood, and spot your favourite characters of the popular children's book using the new augmented reality app.

The new interactive trail is included with entry, along with all the photo opportunities you can snag.

Prior to your visit to Rippon Lea make sure to download The Gruffalo Spotter 2 AUS App, simply:

1. Open the App Store or Google Play (The Gruffalo Spotter 2 AUS app is free for both iOS and Android users based in Australia)
2. Search 'Gruffalo Spotter 2 AUS'
3. Tap the app to open
4. Click the get/install button
5. Open the app and make sure the settings are set for images to save directly to your camera roll.
6. Start the trail at Rippon Lea Estate!  More Info »

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