Welcome to Rippon Lea House & Gardens

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Explore the mansion and all its rooms in 3 dimensions by clicking the arrows in the image. 3D interactive photography courtesy of Barney Meyer.

Experience the wonders of Rippon Lea House & Gardens today.

Located only 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, you will find the last of Australia’s grand suburban estates – with a pleasure garden of 5.7 hectares (14 acres) of sweeping lawns, magnificent trees, a tranquil lake, the Southern Hemisphere's largest fernery, and an orchard with over one hundred varieties of heritage apples and pears.

Come and spend an afternoon meandering through the mansion, relaxing with a book on the lawns, climbing the lookout tower, playing croquet on the Nursery lawn or enjoying a coffee in the Gate House.

Opening hours:

The grounds are open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm. The mansion is open from 10am to 4:00pm daily, and is only accessible by guided tours that run on the hour and half hour, which take between 30 and 45 minutes and can be booked on arrival.

Last mansion tour is usually at 3.30, although we do rely on volunteers to run our tours and cannot always guarantee tour times in advance. If you would like to inquire about how many volunteer tours we are running on any given day, you may call the Gatehouse on 9523 6095 to discuss. Bear in mind that tours can only be booked in advance if you are a group of 10 or more.

If you have a group of 10 or more, be sure not to miss out on a tour by booking online here. Your pre-booked group will also receive a 10% discount.

Last entry to the gardens is at 4:30pm and the gardens will close at 5pm.

Are you interested in Volunteering at Rippon Lea?

We are keen to meet dynamic, positive people who are interested in heritage or tourism and interacting with our visitors. Volunteers at Rippon Lea conduct tours of the mansion, help maintain the gardens, assist in our Gatehouse with admissions or help out on special event days. Does one or more of these areas sound like you? A high focus on customer service and great communication skills are an important part of the Rippon Lea experience! If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Rippon Lea or the National Trust of Australia (Vic), please click here.

More Experiences

Meet Ripplea the Bear and find out all about his adventures right here!

Go to our Weddings and Corporate events section for details on how you can enjoy your special event at Rippon Lea.

We have an excellent Education program for schools and groups including tours and day programs. Follow the link to download resources. For education bookings only phone: (03) 8663 7261 .