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Address: 5 Wallaringa Avenue, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia
Phone Number: 02 9953 4453
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May Gibbs Nutcote is the former house and garden of May Gibbs, one of...

May Gibbs Nutcote is the former house and garden of May Gibbs, one of Australia’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators and creator of Australia’s classic children’s’ story Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Nutcote was designed by prominent architect B. J. Waterhouse and built for May Gibbs and her husband, James Ossili Kelly, in 1925. May occupied the house for 44 years until her death in 1969. The house has been listed on the Register of the National Estate and has been furnished to reflect the style of the 1920s and 1930s s and includes effects owned by May Gibbs, such as her easel, paint box and folio stand.

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We chose a beautiful spring day for our visit and we were very pleased with our experience. 'Nutcote' has a magnificent view across Sydney Harbour and a charming 'old-fashioned... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We chose a beautiful spring day for our visit and we were very pleased with our experience. 'Nutcote' has a magnificent view across Sydney Harbour and a charming 'old-fashioned' garden with rambling roses (not yet in bloom), but you can see how much garden there is to maintain. The house itself is interesting with a lovely view from almost every... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

A huge effort has gone into bringing this historic site back to life. Thanks to those people who rallied to save it from the developers, otherwise it would have become some pointless townhouses and lost forever. Apart from preserving the life and art of an Australian icon it is also a museum to the era. We spent several hours wandering... More 

1 Thank Geoff B
Wollongong, Australia
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34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What a wonderful place to take visitors overlooking North Sydney with a guided tour around the lovely home of May Gibb. After we had homemade sandwiches,coffee or tea and a walk around the gardens truly a littleJem ofAustralian history.

1 Thank jillnorris
Canberra, Australia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A beautiful house evoking memories of well loved Australian book characters. There are very few of May Gibb's possessions. Worth a look if you have nothing else to do and love Snugglepot.

Thank peternol
Adelaide, Australia
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The house and garden open at 11pm. We were greeted by a lovely lady who took us to see a filmed interview with May Gibb. Then she showed us around the house and answered any questions, The house is quite small compared to other houses in the area. Wait until you see the tiny kitchen. We had scones jam and... More 

Thank kathyj1949
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219 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Nutcote is located in a peaceful setting in Cremorne on the lower North Shore of Sydney. It is easily accessible by ferry and would be a good place to stop for a refreshment break if you were walking around this area. The tea rooms have a fairly basic menu: Devonshire teas, sandwiches, coffee, tea and some soft drinks. It is... More 

2 Thank LeahSydney01
Florence, Italy
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Such a lovely place to go to to enjoy the view and house. The garden is utterly gorgeous, a very happy place to sit and stroll. Children were having fun exploring and playing on the grass. The tea rooms were very nice and the sandwhiches and scones as you would hope. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who run it.... More 

Thank Jane M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a beatutiful spot and a hidden gem of Sydney ( Australian ? ) History. The house and gardens ane large and sit on the edge of Sydney Harbour with a spectatular vista . Wander through the house and read up on the story of May Gibbs and her creation of the Australian classic books including the Gumnut babies... More 

1 Thank LindaJG60
Melbourne, Australia
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539 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a significant spot for those who enjoy finding out more about Australia's cultural history. It's also an authentic old house on a glorious harbour-view site. So a variety of people of all ages can visit this place and find some enjoyment in it. If you don't know Gibbs' illustrations and stories for children (and grown-ups), they are worth... More 

Thank Alys-Schatzi
Sydney, Australia
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179 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Visiting Nutcote is a lovely thing to do. It is wonderful that May Gibbs' home has been retained and kept for the public to experience the joy of visiting the home of one of Australia's special authors. May Gibbs' stories for children have been enjoyed for many years. The way she wove stories around Australia's native trees and flowers was... More 

1 Thank Jeanette M

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