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 here.

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Rippon Lea House and Gardens details

Address
192 Hotham St, Elsternwick 3185

Telephone 03 9523 6095

Transport
Nearby Stations: Ripponlea
Bus or tram: 67

Price $6.50 to $12.00

Open 10am-5pm

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