Why visit May Gibbs’ Nutcote?
Cecilia May Gibbs (1877-1969) is one of Australia’s best-loved authors, illustrators and artists. She is best known today for the iconic Australian children’s story, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, featuring two gumnut babies and their escape from the big bad Banksia men. May Gibbs was an early conservationist, botanical artist, Scotty dog lover and much more! Through her work, she taught Australians to value their unique flora and fauna ,often demonstrating a lively sense of humour. A visit to Nutcote will allow you to appreciate the full scope of May Gibbs’ creative talents, how she lived and to see some of her famous works.
May Gibbs lived at Nutcote, her delightful home on the shores of Sydney Harbour for 44 years. The House, which is listed on the Register of the National Estate, was designed by renowned Sydney architect BJ Waterhouse and completed in 1925. The delightful Gardens feature both native and exotic trees and shrubs with many annuals and perennials and is open each spring as part of The Australia’s Open Gardens Scheme.
A group visit to Nutcote starts with a viewing of two films, including an interview with May Gibbs, then a tour of the Mediterranean-style House, which has been restored to show the House as it would have been in the 1920s and early 1930s, Visitors are then able to wander around the attractive gardens (see a 150 year old Banksia tree and Roses May planted!). Experience magnificent views of Sydney Harbour, enjoy refreshments in the Bib and Bub Tea Room. There is also a Gift Shop which specialises in May Gibbs related merchandise and Australiana products.
May Gibbs’ Nutcote is at 5 Wallaringa Avenue, Neutral Bay, Sydney.
The House Museum, Gardens, Tea Room and Gift Shop are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm. Last tour of the house is at 2.30 pm. Note January and February opening hours extended to 4 pm, last tour of the house 3.30 pm.
You should allow 1-2 hours for a comprehensive visit to May Gibbs’ Nutcote. We offer two group tours a day, the first starting at 11.30 am and the second at 1.30 pm. Lunches, morning and afternoon tea can be worked into these times too!
Minimum and Maximum Numbers
A minimum of ten people are required for a group booking up to a maximum of forty. There is a maximum number of twenty people at a time for each House tour , so we usually split larger groups into two, one group starts with the films, the other with the House and then a swap takes place.
Group admission price is $5.50 per person and includes entry to the House Museum and Gardens. See Refreshments for cost of lunches etc.
Getting to Nutcote
By Public Transport
Nestled on the harbour at Neutral Bay, Nutcote is easily accessible by public transport with regular ferry services from Circular Quay. Nutcote is signposted from Neutral Bay’s Hayes Street and Kurraba Point Wharves. Please note that access from Kurraba Point Wharf entails 91 steps!. Please check 131 500 for ferry departure times.
By Bus (Route 225)
Ferry link from Neutral Bay Junction (Wycombe/Military Road) regular 30-minute service. Alight at Kurraba Road and continue down Wycombe Road keeping to the left to reach Wallaringa Avenue – about 5 minutes walk. Nutcote is signposted from the Wallaringa bus atop.
There is no parking at Nutcote and there is limited parking on nearby streets. We recommend you use public transport. There is a disabled parking spot near the entrance to Nutcote which is available between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Wallaringa Avenue is a short and narrow one-way thoroughfare and is not suitable for large Buses and Coaches. A special bus/coach drop off point is signposted at the bottom of Wycombe Road near the junction with Wallaringa Avenue. Nutcote is then 2 minutes walk.
May Gibbs’ Nutcote is an historic property, and as such can be difficult for people who experience trouble walking up and down stairs and sloping paths. It is not suitable for wheelchair users. There is a disabled toilet, but access is via a flight of stairs. Access to the House itself is via another set of stairs and a steeply sloping path.
How to make a booking
Please call (02) 9953 4453 and set a time and date for your visit with approximate numbers and your contact details.