Free access to Rippon Lea Estate

Published on 30 November 2017

At a Council Meeting on Tuesday 28 November, Glen Eira Councillors agreed to enter into a three year trial with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to give residents free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick.

Rippon Lea Estate gardens are one of Melbourne’s true open space treasures.

Glen Eira Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos said by partnering with the National Trust many more people will get to enjoy this special place.

"This is a rare opportunity for Council to significantly increase access to passive open space for all Glen Eira residents," he said.

"The Estate, which is home to many rare plants and animals, has more than 14 acres of passive recreation space and sits within an identified open space gap area for local residents.

"It is also in close proximity to the Elsternwick Urban Village which is forecast to experience higher than average population growth in to the future."

Cr Athanasopoulos said the Estate gardens are largely untouched from their original establishment and are heritage listed.

"This provides a very different experience to many of Glen Eira’s other parks and reserves and residents will be able to enjoy a park dedicated solely to passive recreation," he said.

National Trust of Australia (Victoria) CEO Simon Ambrose CEO said the Trust is looking forward to welcoming Glen Eira residents to its 14 acres of magnificent gardens at Rippon Lea Estate.

"The announcement is a great way to end the year also as we celebrate the property’s 150th anniversary in 2018," Mr Ambrose said.

Glen Eira residents will be able to access Rippon Lea Estate gardens for free from early 2018. It’s proposed that residents will need to show either a specific access card issued to residents by the National Trust or another form of identity with a current Glen Eira address. The National Trust will then track and share attendance numbers on an ongoing basis, so Council can determine the impact of this initiative.