Visit & Contact

Location

Rippon Lea House & Gardens is located approximately 7kms from Melbourne’s CBD, in the bayside suburb of Elsternwick.

Opening Hours

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

September to April
Open Daily
10am – 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Late Openings In January
Each Friday & Saturday night in January, the gardens will be staying open
until 7.oopm (last entry 6.30pm)
Note: the mansion will not be running tours during these extended hours.

May to August
Open Daily
10am – 4pm (Last entry 3.30pm)
You can view our Conditions of Entry here.

Admission

General Admission
Wander around the stunning 14 acre gardens

$10 Adult
$7 Concession
$4 Children (4-15 years)
$20 Family (2 adults + 2 children)

Glen Eira Residents – Garden Entry
Residents of Glen Eira have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea.
To obtain an entry card, residents must show acceptable forms of ID with proof of residency and complete an application form available in the Gatehouse on entry to the property.
See terms and conditions here

Guided Tours

Please note: Over the Christmas & New Year period, some of our volunteer guides take a well earned break and tour times may be affected. We appreciate your understanding during this time. 

While you’re here, join a tour to discover all the wonders of the Estate.
Tickets are $5 per person, per tour when a general entry ticket is purchased. Times and tickets available in the Gatehouse
The Mansion
To see inside the magnificent mansion, come and join our wonderful guides for a tour.
Guided tours run throughout the day from 10.30am – 3pm, subject to volunteer guide availability.
The Gardens
There are 14 acres of grounds to explore. You can do this on your own or join one of our garden tours and learn all about the fascinating history of the estate. Tours are around 45 minutes duration and run most days.
Please note: the tower at the lake is currently closed for repairs and maintenance

Group Bookings

For groups of more than 10 people please contact our booking office for discounted rates
Phone: 03 9656 9804
Email: bookings@nattrust.com.au

Read about our recent Visitor Experiences.

Amenities

The Gatehouse Tea Room
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
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
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 House & Gardens
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