Greycliffe House and Nielsen Park heritage tour
Sydney Harbour National Park
Enter the world of the mid 1800s when you visit Greycliffe House. It's been a part of Sydney's history since its first residents moved in. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the grounds after the tour.
Tour time: 10.30am to 12pm. Meet at 10.15am.
Dates: Friday 7 February, Friday 28 February, Friday 3 April, Sunday 19 April, Friday 5 June and Sunday 28 June 2020.
- Nielsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
- Medium. Suitable for adults and teenagers, 15 years and over. You'll walk approx 800m.
Adult $15 per person. Concession/child $13 per person.
- Meeting point
- Front lawn of Greycliffe House
- What to
- Drinking water, lunch, hat, sunscreen
- Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
When property developer John Reeve married William Wentworth’s daughter, he purchased 14 acres of Wentworth’s Vaucluse estate. Reeve commissioned the colony's leading architect, John Hilly, to design a home. Greycliffe House was completed in 1851. It is an example of the neo-Gothic style of architecture popular in London at the time.
Reeve never lived in the house, and over the following decades it was occupied by prominent Sydney families. The Greycliffe estate was transferred to public ownership in 1911. It was then used as a hospital for babies and, later, a Tresillian mothercraft training school and home.
During the tour you'll walk the grounds of the Greycliffe estate. Find out how the site was resumed for public use. Hear the story of how the historical recreational facilities used in Nielsen Park came to be.
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the estate's grounds after the tour.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 02 9585 6831
- in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.
Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.Buy annual pass