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Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea is the one of the last privately owned great 19th century suburban estates and one of the finest National Trust properties in Australia. Designed and built in 1868 in the Romanesque style, the mansion sits as the centre piece of an original Victorian pleasure garden. The gardens are of international significance and include a grand Victorian fernery, a lake, an heritage orchard and a 19th century conservatory. The mansion is a mix of Victorian decoration from its first owners with the glamorous 1930's "Hollywood" influences of its last owner.

Rippon Lea is a wonderful place to spend a quiet morning, or an afternoon, and a picnic beside the lake is the best way to enjoy this marvellous estate. Inside the grounds, you quickly forget that you are in a city of more than 3 million people.

Rippon Lea is situated at 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, about 20 minutes drive from the city. The easiest way to get there is to take a train to Rippon Lea Station and walk east to Hotham Street, then south to the estate. It is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm but is closed Good Fridays and Christmas Day.

Visit the National Trust web page for Rippon Lea.

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