Frequently Asked Questions

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When is Nutcote Open?

May Gibbs' Nutcote House Museum and Gardens is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm.

Last entry to the House Museum is 2:15pm.

Closed Public Holidays.

When is the Tearoom Open?

The Tearoom is usually open during our opening hours. 

If you plan to have refreshments or lunch overlooking the Nutcote Cottage Garden, we suggest you phone first to check opening times as we are run by volunteers. Phone 02 9953 4453.

Is there parking at Nutcote?

There is no parking on-site and parking nearby is limited. There is one disabled parking space located near the enterance to Nutcote and opperates between 10:30am and 3:30pm Wednesday to Sunday.

While you might find parking in the surrounding streets, we recommend visitors take advantage of public transportation. 

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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!

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.

What is the entry fee?

Adults: $16.00
Concessions: $14.00
Children: $7 (Ages 3 to 14)
Family: $48 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Do you need to book to visit?

You only need to book to visit if you are bringing more than 10 people. Click here to fill in our Booking Form. 

Or you would like High Tea. Book here. 

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, Kid's room and Tearoom.

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 Little Obelia, 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 to see what's on.

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.

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.

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 and Northcott.

Email these organisations for permission to reprint any of the images.


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