Venue Information

Ripponlea House and Gardens

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick



Public Transport


Rippon Lea House and Garden is a five minute walk from Rippon Lea Station, and on the Sandringham Line.


Catch tram Route 67 (to Carnegie)  to stop number 42


Take the 216 or 219 bus from Queen street in the city on the southeast corner of Queen and Collins Streets. There is a stop directly outside Rippon Lea Estate. – Make sure to ask the driver to set you down at the first stop after Glen Eira Road. The trip, by bus will take 30 – 45 minutes.


Parking is available locally should you wish to drive (Mel ref 67 F2) – please note that there is no onsite parking.

Map (Performance Location)

Please enter Ripponlea through the main gate which will be open to attendees of the show 1 hour prior to the start time of each performance.

Follow the signage through the paths down to the 'Cedar Lawn' Map ref 11. There will be a picnic and performance area set up on the main lawn.

The performance area will be open from 1 hour prior to the start time. If you are planning a picnic, it is best to come early as the children’s performances move locations throughout the show. It is best to enjoy your treats before the show begins! Where possible we will admit latecomers in to the main audience viewing area at a suitable point in the performance.  Should it become necessary for you to leave once the performance has started, we ask that you do so with consideration to the performers and audience members.


Tickets to all our productions can be purchased online via our online ticketing system or Ticketmaster.

You may also call our Box Office between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday during off-peak season and Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm during peak season.

Our box office is also open one-hour before every performance.

Tickets can also be purchased on site from our Box Office 1.5 hours before Shakespearean productions and 1 hour before others.


Should you have any accessibility requirements, please email or call 03 8676 7511. The ASC would like to make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible.

Please note, all performances take place on grass.

Pets are not allowed at any Shakespeare Australia performance, however service animals are always welcome.

There are accessible bathrooms located in the Gatehouse and in the new toilet block located next to the Coach House.
Please note that the garden paths are gravel and can make wheelchair access difficult. Please speak to the staff in the Gatehouse for a map which highlights the more wheelchair friendly paths.


Our performances are presented in “picnic theatre” style. This means, you sit on the grass or on a picnic blanket during the show.

Dressing up is optional and encouraged for all our shows!

What to bring:

It’s up to you! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, cushions, or seat to sit on. You are very welcome to bring a hamper of all your favourite goodies.

Our productions take place outdoors and there is no cover. Please consider bringing a hat, coat, blanket, sunscreen and a water bottle when attending. (Please note that umbrellas cannot be raised during performance times).

Please remember to pick up all your rubbish and use the bins provided.

Food & Beverages

Tea rooms are located within the stable complex and open from 10am until 3.30pm daily. Hot and cold beverages will be available along with a selection of sweet and savoury treats.

To protect the Heritage property of Rippon Lea Estate, balls, dogs, bikes and scooters are not permitted within the property.