- Melbourne may not be home to any royal palaces, but this lavish mansion is not far off. Built in 1868 in the Romanesque style, Rippon Lea was home to a succession of wealthy owners before being acquired by the National Trust and opened to the public. The house itself is located in the centre of a vast pleasure dome of lakes, bridges, orchards, ferneries and flower gardens. Tours are available, specialising either in the gardens or the house's restored interior.
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