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Roto House

Macquarie Nature Reserve

Overview

Step back in time and explore the rooms of Roto House, a beautifully preserved, late-Victorian building. If you're lucky you might spot a koala in the surrounding trees.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Macquarie Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

Roto House is:

  • Open daily 10am – 4.30pm, but closed on Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day morning.
  • Roto House is staffed by volunteers, so occasionally visitors may find it closed due to unavailability of staff.
What to
bring
Sunscreen, drinking water, hat
Please note
Bring your binoculars to see birds and koalas, as well as a camera.

From the moment you pass the picket fence and enter the bull-nosed verandah of Roto House, it feels as though you've stepped back in time. Passing inside the front door flanked by ruby lights, you'll enter a grand hallway decorated with cast iron lamps suspended from the ceiling.

Built by surveyor John Flynn in 1891, this 11 room weatherboard house constructed from local red mahogany was occupied by his family right up until 1979. It's still lovingly maintained by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to this day.

Volunteers are available to answer questions and show you around if you're part of a pre-booked tour group.

Weddings can also be booked here and there's plenty of space to set up a marquee. The house and gardens make a unique backdrop for any celebration, ensuring your photos will be special.

If you're just here for the afternoon, make sure the kids get to experience one of the highlights of the park; the Koala Hospital.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Roto House, Macquarie Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government