Rippon Lea House and Gardens

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Rippon Lea House and Gardens
Photograph: Anthony Basheer

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.

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Venue name: Rippon Lea House and Gardens
Address: 192 Hotham St
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Nearby stations: Ripponlea
Price: $7-$12
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I remember this place as a child i would visit this garden every weekend as i lived in elm st with my mum . I remember walking through the gardens for hours by myself and walk though the house and all the rooms it was so beautiful and relaxing and all the wild life that use to be there and the peacocks that would just stroll around the grounds or u would see them sitting in the trees . Back then the gardens were do well looked after just magnificent. If i ever had the luck to come back home to Melbourne i would love to visit this garden .

This was and by the looks of it a must visit by ever one if possible on your melbourne holiday .