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:

Grounds open at 10am, last entry at 4:30pm and the gardens close at 5pm.

The Mansion is available by guided tour, subject to volunteer availability. The tours run half hourly from 10:30am to 3:30pm.

Please click here for more information.

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 .