Rippon Lea Estate

(45 reviews)
192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria  View Map
Business Hours
Monday to Sunday by Appointment
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Set in 14 acres of picturesque pleasure gardens, Rippon Lea Estate is a national heritage-listed mansion with a grand ballroom and exceptional gardens. The sweeping lawns and decorative fountains make this wedding venue a fairytale setting perfect for weddings seeking a sprinkle of magic. Rippon Lea is just a short distance from Melbourne’s CBD.

If you’re planning a fairytale wedding, look no further than the magical setting at Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne. It’ll be love at first sight when you see the romantic surroundings, historic touches, and glamour of a bygone era that sets the tone for an opulent celebration. Chandeliers sparkle in the elegant Grand Ballroom that boasts sweeping views of the manicured lawns and gardens. The poolside terrace has a Hollywood art deco elegance that makes the perfect area for pre- and post-ceremony drinks and canapes. This timeless venue can host up to 300 people in an informal cocktail setting, 180 people for a more formal banquet style, and 160 with generous space left for a dancefloor.


Features of Rippon Lea Estate Melbourne:

  • National Trust-listed property with elaborate furnishings, original artwork, and detailed touches (including embossed wallpaper).
  • Beautiful gardens with expansive lawns, perfect for outdoor ceremonies, relaxed drinks for up to 2500 guests, and even old-fashioned games. Croquet, anyone?
  • An ornate balustrade overlooks the dancefloor, with uninterrupted views of the sparkling chandelier.
  • An elegant Grand Ballroom that is perfect for formal banquets or high-end cocktail parties.
  • A breathtaking art deco pool terrace that evokes a relaxed yet decadent setting for pre-event cocktails or an elegant soiree.
  • Smaller celebrations are perfect on the estates’ ornate terrace.
  • Photographic opportunities are limitless for special occasions.


Rippon Lea Estate inclusions:

  • Exclusive hire of the Grand Ballroom and poolside terrace
  • Complete event management by a dedicated event planner
  • Professional event coordinator on the day
  • Bridal suite or green room
  • Auxiliary connection & 2 roving microphones
  • Lectern
  • Indoor heating and cooling
  • Cake and gift table
  • Market umbrellas


What you’ll love about Rippon Lea Estate for your Melbourne wedding:

  • The gourmet catering experience. Whether you desire an elegant champagne reception with chic canapes, a refined three-course sit-down dinner, a welcoming buffet with all the trimmings, or friendly bowl food, the seasoned team will work with you to create the perfect dining experience.
  • Elite wedding planning team. Rippon Lea’s wedding planners will be an invaluable resource when it comes to decor inspiration. They’ll recommend the best floral arrangements, styling picks, and live entertainment to assist you in creating a magical day that matches your personal style.
  • The fairytale comes to life. A venue that seems pulled straight from a Disney film, Rippon Lea Estate is where dreams really do come true. A grand house with a breathtaking ballroom, green lawns that stretch around the property, and private nooks with decadent furnishings all combine to make you feel like royalty.


Highlights of Rippon Lea Estate Melbourne:

  • Heritage-listed estate
  • Onsite wedding planners
  • Private terrace area



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Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 50 / Max 300

Price per head

Low $125 / High $ 235


Indoors & Outdoors

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Additional hours

$10 Per Head

Music must end by

12:00 AM

Questions and Answers

What are your the maximum capacities in the Ballroom?

Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom can accommodate: 

- 150 guests seated with a dancefloor
- 300 guests cocktail style 

Do you offer complimentary parking?

Rippon Lea Estate

Yes, complimentary parking is available via Hotham Street for exclusive events inside the grounds of Rippon Lea Estate. 
Compliemntary street parking is also available. 

Is your venue Kosher friendly?

Rippon Lea Estate

Yes. Our chefs can accommdoate any dietary or cultural requirements that you may have. 

Where is the nearest accommodation?

Rippon Lea Estate

There is ample accommodation located in Prahan that you can recommend to your guests. 

Do you offer any photographic tour options available?

Rippon Lea Estate

Yes. Photography options are available upon request. Please ask our team. 


(45 reviews)
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6 Dec 2020

We were married at the duck exit, in front of the lake. It is truly a beautiful venue and Katharine the Weddings and Events Coordinator from the National Trust of Australia (Vic) especially made the the planning leading up to the big day easy and efficient. The team was accommodating to our numerous changes and updates and we cannot appreciate this enough as the circumstances kept fluctuating during the pandemic. The venue is amazing, just make sure to keep to the strict timeframe allocation.

20 Nov 2020

A beautiful venue no matter what setup you have, it really speaks for itself. There is unique charm for the estate and gardens that is hard to match. We chose to have no furniture, food, or decoration and enjoy the natural beauty with a mini ceremony package with a limited number of guests (due to COVID restrictions) and it was amazing! We enjoyed the public visiting the gardens whilst I ceremony went on and felt a special sense of being well looked after by our event coordinator provided by National Trust weddings (Katharine is excellent!). Little signage and way pointing notices of "private ceremony" added to the whimsical ambiance. If you're a minimalist, love plants and wildlife sounds with amazing back drops - you'll love this venue.

6 Jan 2017

Stunning location and was very helpful and accommodating for our day

16 May 2021

Rippon Lea Estate truly is the most romantic, beautiful venue for a Wedding. My partner and I really love its old-world charm and it provided the perfect backdrop for our dream wedding. The space is so elegant that we really didn't need to add much to it at all, it's already stunning and wedding-ready. With so many areas for photos in the ballroom and in the surrounding gardens. The food is incredible and the staff went above and beyond in helpful us create our dream day!

1 Feb 2019

We had our ceremony here, it was absolutely beautiful outside in the gardens!

18 Nov 2018

A really lovely venue, and it was great that we were able to have the ceremony and reception at the same place! National Trust were quite strict about the time frames for the ceremony booking, but the fees were not too expensive, and generally the wedding ceremony was coordinated well. Lucy was also very friendly and helpful!

Rippon Lea Estate  

Thank you very much for your feedback! The Team were delighted to host your wedding reception in our Ballroom. I am delighted to hear that the National Trust did an amazing job in facilitating your ceremony, and appreciate your feedback regarding the liasing between National Trust and our team. Please rest assured we have addressed this with the team to ensure that we improve on this. Kind Regards

23 Mar 2018

Thank you to Charlotte and the team, we had the most amazing wedding reception at Rippon Lea.

Rippon Lea Estate  

Thank you for your wonderful review Jacinta, the team were delighted to host your wedding reception! Charlotte is definitely an asset to our team, and we are delighted that she was a part of your special day. Kind Regards

25 Aug 2017

Beautiful location and such a beautiful set up. It was simple but elegant with beautiful gardens. The mansion at night time was stunning and offered perfect photo opportunities. Highly recommend.

11 May 2017

Exceptional venue - Highly recommended for a garden ceremony and photographs

Rippon Lea Estate  

Thank you for your feedback, Abbey! We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that you are drawn to our beautiful surroundings. Kind Regards,

1 Apr 2017

The venue is really beautiful, especially with the pool terrace it's like you're in your own little world. Such a gorgeous property for photos which was perfect as we didn't have to leave. Food was incredible and the staff were so attentive.

Rippon Lea Estate  

Jade, thank you for your amazing feedback! The team always work hard in ensuring we deliver delectable food & impeccable service. Our team were delighted to host your wedding reception in our beautiful surroundings. Kind Regards,

25 Mar 2017

Fantastic service, very helpful, always attentive service and all basis we're covered. Staff are friendly and very professional.

Rippon Lea Estate  

Thank you for your feedback Phylyse! We are delighted to hear of your all-round positive experience with our team, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. Kind Regards,

18 Mar 2017

Location was very nice, very quaint and their service on the day was absolutely 5 stars!

17 Mar 2017

The perfect garden party venue on a lovely sunny day. We were amazed to find such a quiet and tranquil venue conveniently located near Melbourne's heart. With multiple places to explore and get lost this really is the perfect venue for couples who love being outdoors.

Rippon Lea Estate  

Simon, thank you for your amazing review! We are definitely fortunate to be located in such a well-maintained Estate yet still in close proximity to the heart of Melbourne! We hope that you visit again soon. Kind Regards,

3 Feb 2017

Pleasant staff and beautiful venue.

Rippon Lea Estate  

Hi Rebecca, thank you for your great review, and appreciate you choosing us to host your special day! Kind Regards,

1 Jan 2017

They were fabulous. The staff were helpful. We had a bit of wet weather on the day and they were so flexible and accommodating.


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria

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