Rippon Lea Estate Tours and Activities
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Though modern Australia was originally settled by poverty-stricken convicts, you’d never know it from the aristocratic grounds of spectacular Rippon Lea. Only 20 minutes from central Melbourne, this manicured, refined, and immaculate estate is a throwback to 19th-century royalty and ornate, Victorian homes. The gardens span across 14 acres and were built in a style that was so advanced they actually harnessed their own water. The mansion itself was also constructed with features ahead of its time, and was one of Melbourne’s original estates with electricity and modern plumbing. When visiting the historic mansion today, stroll through 15 different rooms where each is more lavish than the last. Play a casual game of croquet on the mansion’s well-trimmed lawn, or lay out a blanket while sipping tea in a picnic from days gone by.
Rippon Lea Estate is located in Elsternwick about five miles from central Melbourne. When traveling by train, alight at Rippon Lea station for a short, five-minute walk. Open daily from 10am-4pm, and admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Address: 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC, Australia
Hours: Open daily from 10am-4pm
Admission: Adults: $20
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Lean back in your wooden punt, equipped with cushioned seats, parasols, umbrellas and blankets so you can be comfortable whatever the weather. Enjoy being punted around the lake on a guided tour at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens were established in 1846 and stretch over 94 acres. Over 50,000 plants are on display representing 8,500 different species. Take some time to explore the beautiful surroundings and purchase lunch at one of the cafes. Reboard the bus to travel to National Trust property, Rippon Lea. Built in 1868 the stunning mansion exhibits styles from a variety of eras. The extensive gardens include a man made lake, an early example of an underground drainage and irrigation system and an impressive iron-framed fernery. Explore the gardens at your leisure before a guided tour of the impressive Victorian mansion. Please note this tour only operates September to May.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Rippon Lea Estate hours of operation?
Rippon Lea Estate hours of operation: Open daily from 10am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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