Gruffalo Trail

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The 'Gruffalo Trail' is an augmented reality experience that brings the story of the Gruffalo to life.

The tale of the Gruffalo follows a mouse who cleverly thwarts danger on a walk through a forest using an 'imaginary' monster who turns out to be very real!

By downloading the Gruffalo Spotters app and visiting the beautiful Rippon Lea Estate, families will be guided through the trail through an interactive and exciting experience, giving them the chance to meet their favourite characters from the award-winning book at the beautiful Rippon Lea Estate.

The Gruffalo picture book has sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, is depicted in an Oscar nominated film and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Join the Gruffalo Trail


Look who's hiding in the gardens

Pick up The Gruffalo Trail throughout all 14 acres of Rippon Lea Estate.

Journey through the winding paths and gardens into a deep dark wood, and spot your favourite characters using the new augmented reality app.

The new interactive trail is included with entry, along with all the photo opportunities you can snag.

Visit Rippon Lea Estate daily 10am to 4.30pm and find the Gruffalo's brand new hideout.

About the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo was initially published in 1999 in the United Kingdom and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The book was penned by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and tells the story of a mouse on a walk through a European forest.

The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children's literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway and even adapted into an Oscar nominated animated film.

Watch the making of The Gruffalo Spotter App here.

Download to play
Prior to your visit to Rippon Lea make sure to download The Gruffalo Spotter AUS App, simply:

1. Open the App Store or Google Play (free)
2. Search 'Gruffalo Spotter AUS'
3. Tap the app to open
4. Click the get/install button
5. Open the app and start the trail once at Rippon Lea

Once arrived at Rippon Lea look for the markers along the way to bring the characters to life. There are five markers to activate Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and The Gruffalo. Jump behind or beside the marker to snap a photo, and be sure to save your photos before deleting the app.

Then, make sure to share your favourite pics with us using #NationalTrustVic and #GruffaloSpotters


General admission entry includes garden access, guided tours and the Gruffalo Trail.
Tickets sold at the gate (not online)

Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child (4-15 years, children under 3 enter free): $9
Family (2 adults & 2 children): $40
National Trust Members: Free

❊ When & Where ❊

Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily

❊ Venue ❊

 Rippon Lea Estate | House & Gardens  Events 5 Events
⊜ 192 Hotham Street Elsternwick | Map
Rippon Lea Estate | House & Gardens192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, , 3185
✆ Event: | Venue: 03 9523 6095

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❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊

As the state takes action to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this event may be affected. Please confirm details before making plans | Disclaimer

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Gruffalo Trail

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