Free access to Rippon Lea Estate to commence next week

Published on 19 January 2018

From Monday 22 January, Glen Eira residents will have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick.

Residents will need to show photo identification with a current Glen Eira address. They will then be issued with a Household Access Pass by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) that can be used for future visits.

Glen Eira Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos said Rippon Lea Estate gardens are one of Melbourne’s true open space treasures.

“By partnering with the National Trust many more people will get to enjoy this special place,” he said.

“This is a rare opportunity for Council to significantly increase access to passive open space for all Glen Eira residents.

“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.”

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.