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Rippon Lea House and Gardens

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Rippon Lea House and Gardens
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Located only 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD sits the last of Australia’s grand suburban estates. A visit to this National Trust-liste treasure offers a glimpse back into the lifestyles of the wealthiest Australians of the era.

As for the extensive 19th century pleasure gardens, these feature an impressive early example of water self-sufficiency – a complex wind-powered irrigation system fed by a lovely looking man-made lake. Above ground, the gardens are laid out in the romantic Picturesque and Gardenseque styles popular at the time. Put on your best frolicking frock and enjoy acres of scenic gardens, lavish lawns, a fernery, orchards, or a paddle around the lake.

Read about Melbourne's other heritage gardens.

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Address: 192 Hotham St
Elsternwick
Melbourne
3185
Transport: Nearby stations: Ripponlea
Price: $7-$12
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Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm

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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday January 31 2021
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