Rippon Lea Estate



Welcome to Barefoot Cinema

Rippon Lea Estate


For the first time ever, Rippon Lea Estate Mansion and Gardens will be home to one of the most beautiful outdoor cinemas in Australia.

Coming to Barefoot Cinema at Rippon Lea Estate is like stepping to a different era in time. The magic begins as soon as you step into the gate and you walk through an enchanted like path that leads to the majestic Rippon Lea mansion which is sure to leave you speechless.

The path then opens up to what may well be the most stunning gardens you’ve ever seen.  From there,  you’ll see a beautiful lake, the mansion in the background, food trucks, live music and a fully licensed bar. All of the things that will make the Barefoot Cinema experience at Rippon Lea Estate one to remember.

As the sun tucks itself away, the lights come on and the mansion and gardens are transformed into a truly magical outdoor cinema. Come along to Barefoot Cinema at Rippon Lea Estate this year to take part of this unique summer experience.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Seating arrangements

group of people at a picnic

GENERAL ADMISSION: We do not provide seating at this venue but there is plenty of room for everyone, so feel free to bring your own bean bag, picnic rug, blow up chair, sleeping bag, low back chair or whatever grabs your fancy. We just ask that you keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for the people behind you if they have to spend the whole night watching the back of your chair!

VIP UPGRADE: If you enjoy the finer things in life then we suggest you go for a VIP upgrade which will give you access to a premium recliner or a super comfy Airsack (click here to find out more), blanket hire for the night, a bag of popcorn, a drink and a dedicated waiter during the movie.

The VIP Upgrade is an add on on your general admission ticket so for it to be valid you must have a GA adult or a Kids ticket plus the VIP upgrade. The upgrades are per ticket so for example if you have 2 GA adult tickets you’ll need 2 VIP upgrades.

How to get there


You can get to Rippon Lea Estate by train. The property is just a five minute walk from Ripponlea Station, on the Sandringham Line.  You can check the Sandringham line timetable here.


Catch Tram Route 67 (to Carnegie) to stop number 42 – Tram Tracker ID 2042
Tracker Stop ID 1042 (to Melbourne University)

Public Bus

The 216 or 219 public 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. Ask the driver to set you down at the first stop after Glen Eira Road.

To see timetable please click here.


If you wish to drive please be aware there is no parking on site at Rippon Lea Estate. However, there is parking available locally.

The address for Rippon Lea Estate is 192 Hotham St. Elsternwick. 3185

Disabled Parking

Should you have mobility issues where off site parking is problematic please contact us at or 0424 086 955  to speak to one of the Barefoot crew to arrange suitable access. To accommodate requests we prefer 24 hours’ notice.

Parking at Rippon Lea Estate

There is no parking on site at Rippon Lea Estate.

History of the venue

Rippon Lea Estate Mansion

Rippon Lea Estate is Australia’s last suburban 19th century Estate and one of the most historic homes in the whole of Australia. Built in 1868 for Sir Frederic Sargood’s and his wife Marion as their dream home and garden. Rippon Lea Estate consists of the mansion an outstanding 14 acres of garden.

In 1910 the property was bought by the Nathan family and then was inherited by Lady Jones who remodelled the house inspired by Hollywood movies of the time.

In the early 1950’s Mrs Jones sold some land to the ABC for their television studios and after winning a legal battle against a compulsory acquisition on a further 4 acres of land, Mrs Jones made arrangements so when she died, the property would pass to the National Trust to ensure the house and gardens were protected.

Rippon Lea Estate was first opened to the public on  22 Feb 1972 attracting more than 100,000 visitors during the first three months.

To learn more about the history of this incredible place, please visit Rippon Lea Estate  and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to learn more about all the other incredible heritage properties in Australia.

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