Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick

#1 of 49 in Historic Sites in Greater Melbourne
Must see · Garden · Historic Site
Just 20 minutes from the central business district, Rippon Lea Estate offers visitors a rare look inside a 19th century grand suburban estate. With a garden area of over 5.7 hectares (14 acres), the site features manicured lawns and Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of native ferns. The estate also includes a large orchard, with more than 100 varieties of heritage apples and pears. Bring a book and a light picnic lunch and enjoy some relaxing time on the grass, or roam through the sprawling estate to see what life in the 19th was like for wealthy Australians. Don’t forget to climb the mansion’s lookout tower, which offers panoramic views of the area. To visit Rippon Lea Estate on your trip to Elsternwick, use our Elsternwick journey planner.
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  • We went for the Miss Fisher high tea and also visited the Exhibition. The gardens are lovely and the house itself fascinating. The exhibition is comprehensive in its coverage of the series and recent....  more »
  • Fantadtic. But don't go for coffee in the yard. Seved in paper cups. Snacks in bag if you can get one. Expensive. Really disappointed using COVID as excuse for this poor sevice. How cone other....  more »
  • This place is beautiful. The gardens are stunning and great for a picnic. The house was fascinating. I wish it was mine. Recommended for a day trip
  • Stunning place, delightful. I highly recommend people should go here. Lovely grounds and easy enough to get public transport to.

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