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    Heritage-listed mansion offering premier care in a prestigious Toorak location


33 Lansell Road,
VIC 3142
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Phone:03 9804 7125

Fax:03 9804 7359

Enquiries:1300 133 414

Residence Manager

Helen Sketcher

Client Services Manager

Ethann Winters


Permanent Care
Ageing in Place
Number of places available
Permanent Care
Ageing in Place
Number of beds

BlueCross Darnlee in Toorak is provides permanent and respite care (short term accommodation in a nursing home) to 47 residents.

Nestled among the landscaped gardens and the mansions of Lansell Road, this heritage-listed federation mansion was redeveloped to provide quality aged in 1999, still  retaining many of its original Queen Anne-style features. Outside the soaring turret, roof finials, columned portico and stained glass of its front edifice display their grandeur, while inside, its heritage architraves and skirting, ceiling roses and cornices, have all been meticulously restored. With the CBD, South Yarra, Richmond and Prahan close by, you're never too far from the action of the local community.

There is a nurses' station on every floor, qualified clinical staff on duty around the clock, and a complement of staff providing exceptional care. We invite you to come and experience our highest standards of care and service in elegant, historic Darnlee.


BlueCross Darnlee has multiple outdoor terraces, landscaped gardens and a choice of impeccable living spaces that span three levels.On the ground floor is the elegant original dining room and grand music room where you can play the piano, read in front of a log fire, or simply enjoy the morning sun streaming in through large bay windows. Also on the ground floor is Darnlee’s private dining room featuring a tiled hearth, display cabinets, pendant lights and double doors that flow out to a veranda and terraced gardens.

Darnlee’s three large communal lounges on the lower, ground and upper levels have flat screen televisions with Foxtel, entertainment areas, and self-serve tea and coffee stations. 

A second dining room is located on the lower ground level, ensuring all residents have easy access for meals. And more intimate sitting rooms are located in several places throughout Darnlee for quieter moments.


BlueCross Darnlee offers 49 generous rooms including Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Terrace and Apartment style accommodation. Rooms at Darnlee may overlook the outdoor terraces and surrounding landscape, while some have bay windows or access to private, terracotta paved balconies. Apartment rooms are located in the original heritage-listed building.

Descriptions of the five room types and the associated costs are detailed on the link below.

Room descriptors & pricing



To ensure the highest possible quality care, our Residence Manager oversees a team of dedicated and qualified care professionals, including a Clinical Care Coordinator, nurses and personal carers.

Our care model is flexible and responsive to individual care needs even as they change, including the provision of specialised nursing care and palliative care if needed. This person-centred approach is designed to support each resident to maintain their dignity and independence wherever possible.

We are committed to consistency and quality of care and implemented an initiative in 2016 to reduce (and ultimately cease) use of agency staff in our residences. This means our nurses and carers are regular staff who know the residents and are familiar with their needs and preferences.

We also work with a range of partners on programs to support social, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing to ensure the best overall health outcomes for each resident.


At BlueCross Darnlee you will have access to a diverse range of leisure and lifestyle activities including music therapy, exercise groups and art and craft sessions. Residents are invited to participate in our strong community program, which includes mentoring students from nearby St Kevin’s College. 

Outdoor lovers may enjoy pottering among the roses in the garden, sipping refreshments on the balconies or taking in the views from the gazebo in Darnlee’s front garden. Residents also have the opportunity to join us for weekly bus outings to local cafes or scenic drives.

The lounges are the perfect places to hear live music often arranged by our Leisure and Lifestyle team or relax with your guests. The private dining room also forms a graceful backdrop to your special celebration with family and friends.

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At BlueCross Darnlee you’ll enjoy a choice of fresh, sumptuous and nutritious a-la-carte cuisine prepared by an on-site chef, and the option of wine with those meals. Happy hour with drinks and canapés is also hosted with your visitors welcome to join you.

Those who enjoy being pampered will love visiting the salon on the ground level, for manicures and hairdressing services.

A range of visiting allied health professionals offer services such as podiatry and physiotherapy.

BlueCross residences provide a high level of hotel services, with laundry, gardening, housekeeping, cleaning and maintenance all included.


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