“Time will stand still as you are swept away” Weekend Notes

“In need of some lively outdoor entertainment for children? Look no further....” Herald Sun

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic story, is coming to life in the beautiful gardens of Rippon Lea House and Gardens  for the summer holidays. All the crazy characters will be there!

Join Alice as she goes down the rabbit hole and follows the White Rabbit into the fun and magical world of Wonderland. She will get taller and smaller, dance with the Dodo, talk with a Caterpillar, sneeze with the Duchess, have tea with the Mad Hatter and keep her head from the Queen of Hearts.

This captivating promenade children’s production will keep the whole family enthralled and entertained with acrobatics, shouting, singing, dancing and riddles and rhymes. There’s lots of fun participation for the kids and even the adults have to turn into cards and march behind the Queen of Hearts – or it’s off with their heads!

Glenn Elston, best known for his productions of Shakespeare Under the Stars and “The Wind in the Willows”, has adapted the book into a dynamic and highly enjoyable production that entertains all ages.

All Tickets


  • Everyone over 12 months old needs a ticket item

Family Ticket


  • Admits 4 People

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the performance go for?

The performance lasts for approximately 1.5 hours and moves once during the performance to a new location in the gardens (about 200m walk).

From what time can we arrive?

The performance area is open to ticket holders from one hour prior to the start time.

Do I have to book or can I buy a ticket when I get there?

Booking is advised, however, you can buy tickets on arrival at the on-site box office (Cash or Credit Card).

For what ages is it suitable?

The performance is suitable for children of all ages, and is fun for all the family including grownups.

What sort of show is it?

Alice in Wonderland is children’s theatre and contains some songs as well.

For what ages is it suitable?

The performance is suitable for children of all ages, and is fun for all the family including grownups.

Do I have to buy a ticket for my baby or toddler?

Please note toddlers 12 months and up require a ticket as well as all children and adults. Babes in arms under 12 months are admitted free and do not require a ticket.

It's held outside isn't it? Are there chairs? What do we bring?

The performance is held outdoors in the beautiful environs of the Rippon Lea House and Gardens. It is a picnic style event and no seating is provided. Please bring a blanket or cushions to sit on, a picnic full of all the goodies you like to eat and drink, and sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat. Warm clothes for the 6pm show is a good idea as sometimes it can get cool in the early evening.

Can we bring our own food and drink?

Yes, please feel free to bring a picnic full of all the goodies you like to eat and drink. And remember, please use rubbish bins provided or take your rubbish with you after the show.

How do we get there?

Public transport is advised as parking can sometimes be difficult to find or be a long walk from the gardens.
Rippon Lea House and Gardens – Elsternwick
Train: the property can be easily accessed by train with a 5 minute walk from Rippon Lea Station.
Tram: catch Tram Route 67, Stop 42 Tram Tracker ID 2042, (to Carnegie) – Tracker Stop ID 1042, (to Melbourne University) tram. TRACKER: For real-time tram information visit: yarratrams.com.au
Bus: the 216 or 219 Bus departs from Queen Street in the City on the south east corner of Queen and Collins Streets. Depending on traffic the journey takes 30 – 45 minutes. There is a stop directly outside Rippon Lea Estate.
Car: there is limited parking in surrounding streets. Melways ref 67 F2.

Join Alice and her madcap friends!

Melbourne Season

WHEN: 04 Jan to 28 Jan 2018
WHERE: Ripponlea House and Gardens – 92 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
Enter via the main gate on Hotham Street. Have your tickets out and ready for our box office staff.