Frequently Asked Questions

When is Nutcote open?

May Gibbs’ Nutcote House Museum and Gardens is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (except public holidays).

Is there any parking at May Gibbs’ Nutcote?

There is no parking on-site at Nutcote and parking nearby is very limited. While you might find parking on surrounding streets, Nutcote recommends that visitors take advantage of a short ferry-ride from Circular Quay across beautiful Sydney Harbour to Hayes Street Wharf in Neutral Bay. By bus – the 225 runs a regular service from Military Road to lower Wycombe Road and from there it is a 2 minute walk to Nutcote. Click here for more information.

One disabled parking space is located near the entrance to Nutcote and operates between 10.30am and 3.30pm Wednesday to Sunday.

What is the access like for less able-bodied people?

May Gibbs’ Nutcote is an historic property and is largely as it was when May Gibbs lived here. It is not suitable for wheelchair users. The property slopes down to the harbour and a paved path, as well as a number of stairs, need to be negotiated to reach the House. While there is a disabled toilet, this can only be reached by a set of some 15 stairs from street level.

When is the Tea Room open?

The Bib and Bub Tea Room is usually open during our normal opening hours. However, as it is staffed by volunteers, we cannot guarantee that it will be open when you visit. If you plan to have refreshments or lunch overlooking the English cottage Garden, we suggest you phone us first to check ( T: 02 9953 4453).

What is the entry fee?

An entry fee applies to enter the property except for FRIENDS of Nutcote who are admitted free of charge (please look under ‘support us’ for details of Friends membership). Ticket prices are: Adults $10, Concessions $6, Children over 5 $4, Family – two adults/two children or one adult and up to three children – $20. Entry fees INCLUDE entry to the gardens as well as entry to and a tour of the House museum. Please note that family and friends who accompany children to birthday parties, over and above the allocated two adults per group, will be charged accordingly.

Do you need to book to visit?

You only need to book to visit if you are bringing more than 9 people.

What is there to see at May Gibbs’ Nutcote?

May Gibbs’ Nutcote is a charming House and Gardens on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Neutral Bay. The House itself is a period House designed by architect BJ Waterhouse and built in 1925. It has been renovated to reflect the style of the 1920s and early 1930s. A visit allows you to walk around May Gibbs’ home and features a collection of her World War I postcards, early edition publications and the studio desk, at which she worked while creating her famous works. The Gardens are a delightful mix of native and exotic plants, some of which May planted herself. There is also a Gift Shop and Tea Rooms.

If we don’t have a tour and just look at the Gardens, does it still cost to get in?

Yes, the admission fee includes your entry into the gardens. However there is no obligation to take a House tour if you do not wish to. FRIENDS of Nutcote are admitted free of charge (please look under ‘support us’ for details of Friends membership).

What is there to do for children?

May Gibbs’ Nutcote has a children’s room in the gallery section of the museum where they can dress up as the Big Bad Banksia man, Ragged Blossom or a Gumnut baby. There are also activities in this room such as colouring in. Children also enjoy playing in the Gardens, finding our small sculptures and seeing our caterpillar hedge! Nutcote regularly runs programs in the school holidays with extra activities. Click here for more details of our school holiday programs.

Can I hold my child’s birthday party at May Gibbs’ Nutcote?

Yes, children’s birthday parties are offered for a maximum of 15 children aged between 5 and 10 years of age. They are of two hours duration and usually operate on Saturdays. They do not operate on Sundays, although they may also be held on week-days during school holidays, when Nutcote is open. There are a maximum of two sessions per day, with the morning session from 10.00 am –12.00 noon and the afternoon session from 1.00 pm-3.00 pm. Children are offered the choice of two different parties based on May Gibbs’ enduringly popular children’s stories. Click here for more information.

Can I book May Gibbs’ Nutcote for a private function?

Yes, private functions held at Nutcote are quite diverse and can range from celebrations of special private events such as wedding ceremonies, special anniversaries, naming ceremonies, birthday celebrations and baby showers to events such as authors’ and artists’ workshops, book launches, and exhibitions and their opening ceremonies. Click here for more information.

Why is the House displayed as if it were the late 1920s or early 1930s?

This period was chosen due to the evidence available. Some background sources included May’s husband’s diaries and letters, photographs of the House by the occupants, photographs taken by Harold Cazneaux for an article about Nutcote for the magazine, Australian Home Beautiful in 1926 and oral histories from family and friends.

What’s the best way to get to May Gibbs’ Nutcote?

As there is no parking available at Nutcote and very limited parking on Wallaringa Avenu and on surrounding streets, we encourage visitors to use public transport!

Who do I contact for information regarding Copyright and May Gibbs’ images?

May Gibbs left the copyright of her books to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (www.cerebralpalsy.org.au) and Nothcott (www.northcott.com.au). Email these organisations for permission to reprint any of the images.