Rippon Lea Estate
Rippon Lea Estate
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rippon Lea is a large nineteenth century mansion surrounded by 7 hectares of Victorian pleasure gardens. It is listed on the National Heritage Register because it is one of the finest examples of an original suburban estate in Australia.
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Fran H
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We planned to visit the house and garden and duly paid our admission fee. At the house there was a sign stating that there were no more tours for the day. We were not advised of this at entry, and would not have gone in if we had known as the grounds alone were not of sufficient interest to our party or four. The staff were disinterested and unhelpful, would recommend you check what you are paying for on entry. The gardens are nice but for us not worth the admission price on their own.
Written January 4, 2020
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vivieneu
Lake Cathie, Australia168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This house is part of Melbourne history and it is a fabulous house when we visited we had a lovely lady give us a tour of the house and her knowledge was excellent. The house itself has wonderful wallpaper, some of the original furnishings,paintings and the stain glass windows were fabulous. The gardens have some wonderful plants and flowering shrubs with huge fig trees when we were there the dahlias were in bloom and made a wonderful display. All in all we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend a visit to all who are interested in historical places.
Written March 29, 2022
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ronniesmum2018
Melbourne, Australia86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We attended the Barefoot Cinema at Rippon Lea. We’ve been before with our own chairs but this time decided on the deluxe package and had chairs provided. There were beanbags, too. The food and drink available was good quality. There happened to be a French person giving samples of her lollies and pate also.

Rippon Lea looked beautiful as the sun went down. It’s always a pleasure to wander the grounds.
Written March 3, 2020
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ozztravellers987
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
My previous visit some years ago was OK but this time in 2023 was a total disappointment.
First the "tripping hazard" of the paths and the driveway - someone may sue them one day after they fall from tripping on exposed bumpy roots on the driveway and walk ways.
the entry little building where you pay was full of nicely dressed "volunteer staff" all chatting away. But the lady at the till seemed not well versed in how to do her job. So five different visitors had to get out cash as the lady could not get the machine to take cards to work.
Once I started looking at the garden I could see Clivia plants cluttered with weeds and the Clivia in desperate need of being dug up and divided. And better compost added to enrich the soil.
RipponLea needs to source100 willing regular energetic volunteer skilled gardeners NOT more "ladies who lunch" in the little building at the front.
The shrubs need pruning. The bigger trees need some qualified arborists to properly thin out the trees (NOT remove the trees) to let more light in.
The National Trust needs to remedy the situation. The horrible amount of weeds throughout the garden made it apparent that the garden is neglected and IF there are any garden volunteers clearly they are over-whelmed and or not up to the job.
We were going to look at the mansion inside but as a mark of our disgust at the neglect outside in the garden we chose to leave.
Until we hear that the National Trust has sourced some funds to get some real CARE applied to improve the woeful state of the garden we will NOT be returning to RipponLea.
It was a very disappointing visit
Written October 26, 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
After driving from our house for 30 minutes, my wife and I arrived here at 9:55 am on a weekday. Although the opening time is stated as 10 am, the gate was opened, so we walked in and bought our tickets.

The Mansion Tour was at 10: 30 am, so we walked in various parts of the very large garden before that Tour. We also walked to the windmill and walked up the stairs to the viewing platform to see the gardens from above.

The Mansion Tour (around 45 minutes in total) was excellent. The Tour Guide, Peter, did an excellent presentation. We saw various rooms inside the Mansion and also walked along the Balcony.

After that tour, we spent another 45 minutes walking across all the parts of the Garden (including the lake, the lookout, the Grotto, the Archery House, the swimming pool, the boat house, the bridges and islands) to enjoy the exercise and the views. This is a magnificent Estate that is well worth the entry fee.
Written May 5, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Rippon Lea Estate is one of the finest surviving grand mansions of the Victorian era in a suburban location. The Mansion dates from the 19th century. It is surrounded by 14 acres (6 hectares) of manicured gardens. Rippon Lea is 7 km (4 miles) from the Melbourne CBD. Tours are held of the mansion and the gardens. A market is heldin the grounds on the first Sunday of every month. By the way, activities are held for children in the gardens. Rippon Lea is on the register of the National Trust.
Written June 26, 2021
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Mike255100
Melbourne, Australia254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
There is a new kitchen tour available and we quite enjoyed it. We had just seen the new Downton Abbey film and so upstairs-downstairs was very much on our mind.

Though a grand house by Australian standards, it only had seven regular servants. They would bring in extras for big events. We decided we would not have enjoyed working there. The kitchen would have been hard work with a wood-coal stove in which to cook.

The owners moved the kitchen upstairs in the early 1900s and so the basement version was left much as it was in the late 1800s.

The "butler" who was the tour guide provided a range of stories which really made our visit interesting. It was just by chance that a tour of the house was starting when we had finished. So, we had a chance to be upstairs as well.

It is impressive and we enjoyed having the opportunity. We did not do the garden tour this time but have done so in the past. It is also worth doing.
Written July 7, 2022
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BenYorkie
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We wen in and wandered around the gardens. Eeven though they are not entirly pristine like the Botanical Gardens, they are still a very interesting, sizeable and well maintained and varied gardens.
We thoroughy enjoyed our time there and the flowers, manicured lawns and the great variety of plants. Plus the lakes and the 'chinese' bridges gave a lovely of wonderful photo opportunities.
Certainly well worth visiting - a great place for a little picnic. And all this despite the staff service which we felt was a bit hit and miss.
Written January 17, 2020
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MarpleTraveller
Marple, UK1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This property owned by the National Trust of Australia is a gem. The house is accessed by guided tour. We had a wonderful guide who brought the house alive for us. The story of how the house came to be, and it’s previous owners was fascinating.
Written February 4, 2020
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Paul L
Hallam, Australia958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Australia has a paucity of genuinely old buildings. As in basically none in comparison with other parts of the world however there are some lovely old stately homes from the earlier years preserved in different places.

Rippon Lea Estate is one of them and is located a little south of the centre of Melbourne. It has some lovely gardens that must have been somewhat of a folly in days gone by. The grounds are well kept by the staff and there is a small gift shop at the entrance. You cannot go into the main building unless you are go via a guided tour so check their website and coordinate your visit to be around one of the tour times.
Written July 16, 2023
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