Visit & Contact

Location

Rippon Lea Estate is located approximately 7kms from Melbourne’s CBD, in the bayside suburb of Elsternwick at 192 Hotham Street.

Rippon Lea Estate is temporarily closed to the public

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 bookings@nattrust.com.au.

The National Trust has a duty to protect the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and community. The National Trust is taking these steps as part of Australia-wide action to contain the coronavirus.

At this stage we don’t have a scheduled date for reopening, but will continue to monitor the situation and all government advice and provide regular updates through our website and our social media, Facebook and Instagram.

While we are closed, our staff will continue to protect the Estate, gardens and collection as we prepare to reopen.

Our goal is to do everything we can to help curb the spread of this outbreak in Victoria.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

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You can view our Conditions of Entry here.

Admission

General Admission
Admission tickets are available for purchase from the ticket box located within the Garden. Please follow directional signage from the main gate at 192 Hotham St.

$15 Adult
$12 Concession
$9 Children (5-15 years)
$40 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
FREE admission for National Trust members.

Please note from August 2019 to July 2020 general admission also includes The Gruffalo Trail. A new experience that takes visitors on a journey through the winding paths and gardens to spot characters from the popular children’s book using a new augmented reality app.

Glen Eira Residents – Garden Entry
City of Glen Eira residents have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate.
Download application form here, complete form and present on entry to the property with photo ID.
Guided tours of the mansion and gardens are an additional $5 per person, per tour.

Port Phillip Residents – Garden Entry
City of Port Phillip residents have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate.
Download application form here, complete form and present on entry to the property with photo ID.
Guided tours of the mansion and gardens are an additional $5 per person, per tour.

To obtain an entry card, residents must show acceptable forms of ID with proof of residency and have completed an application form (available via the link above or at the Rippon Lea gatehouse entry).
Please note: It is a condition of entry that the Garden Entry card must be presented each visit. Without the card, general admission fees apply. 
See terms and conditions here

Guided Tours

The Mansion – currently closed

The Gardens  – open
There are 14 acres of grounds to explore.
Join one of our garden tours and learn all about the social history of the estate.

23/3/2020
Garden tours – please email ripponlea@nattrust.com.au to make an enquiry for garden tours. Currently limited.

Please see our friendly volunteers at the ticket booth on arrival for available tour times.

Group Bookings

For groups of more than 10 people please contact our booking office for discounted rates
Phone: 03 9656 9889
Email: bookings@nattrust.com.au
Online: Submit an online inquiry here

Read about our recent Visitor Experiences.

Amenities

The Gatehouse Tea Room – closed
During your visit to Rippon Lea, why not make use of our tea rooms situated in the Gatehouse. A range of sweets, hot and cold drinks are available during your exploration of the beautiful estate.

The Gatehouse Gift Shop – closed
There is a lovely selection of gifts and homewares to suit everyone’s taste.
Shop with the National Trust and you’ll be supporting our valuable work.
National Trust Members receive 10% off all purchases on presentation of their membership card.

The Gatehouse Nursery – open
Here you will find a wonderful variety of plants for sale.
National Trust Members receive 10% off all purchases on presentation of their membership card.

Getting Here

By Train
The property is a five minute walk from Rippon Lea Station, on the Sandringham Line.

By Tram
Catch Tram Route 67 (to Carnegie) to stop number 42 – Tram Tracker ID 2042
Tracker Stop ID 1042 (to Melbourne University)

By Bus
The 216 or 219 Bus departs from Queen Street in the City on the south east corner of Queen and Collins Streets. Depending on traffic the journey takes 30 – 45 minutes. There is a stop directly outside Rippon Lea Estate. Ask the driver to set you down at the first stop after Glen Eira Road.

By Car
Parking is available locally should you wish to drive (Mel ref 67 F2) – please note that there is no onsite parking.

Accessibility

Parking
Should you have mobility issues where offsite parking is problematic please email ripponlea@nattrust.com.au  to arrange suitable access.
To accommodate requests we prefer 24 hours’ notice.

Bathrooms
There are accessible bathrooms located in the Gatehouse and in the new toilet block located next to the Coach House.

Mansion
There is disabled access to the ground floor only of the Mansion. There is an iPad available for people doing a guided tour with pictures of what is located on the upper floor. Please speak to the guide.
Prams can not be taken through the mansion. They can be left on the step at the front door.

Grounds
Please note that the garden paths are gravel and can make wheelchair access difficult. Please speak to the staff in the Gatehouse for a map which highlights the more wheelchair friendly paths.

Note: Only trained Service Animals will be permitted on site.

Contact

Rippon Lea Estate
192 Hotham Street
Elsternwick VIC 3185

Phone: 9523 6095
Email: ripponlea@nattrust.com.au

Terms & Conditions
The Rippon Lea Conditions of Entry can be found here

Photography
Each Member of the National Trust or visitor to any of the National Trust Properties acknowledges and agrees that attending these properties or attending an event at these properties may include the taking of promotional photographs. Each Member of the National Trust or visitor to any of the National Trust Properties agree that by attending these properties, the National Trust may use all photographs without restriction or compensation and without further recourse to the Member or attendee in its advertising and promotional materials and official communications, forever and in any media whatsoever.
Note: If you are a professional photographer, or wish to have professional photos taken
at the Estate, click here . Fees and charges apply