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Strickland House heritage tour

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Wind back the clock and explore the varied history of Strickland House on a guided tour. With stunning harbour views, it was home to leading figures of Sydney's establishment in the 19th century.


2024 dates:

Thursday 18 April is SOLD OUT. Sunday 21 April. Sunday 5 May, 16 June, 7 and 28 July, 25 August, 22 September, 20 October and 17 November.

2025 dates:

Sunday 16 March, 11 May and 8 June.

Tours run 10.30am to 12.30pm. Meet at 10.15am.

Easy. Suitable for adults and teenagers 15 years and over. You'll walk around 500m.

Adult $15 per person. Concession/child $13 per person.

Meeting point
Entrance to Strickland Estate
What to
Drinking water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Join a NSW National Parks guide on a fascinating tour of the house and grounds of Strickland Estate. Perched on the waterfront of Sydney Harbour in Vaucluse, Strickland House is of exceptional historical significance. It's a remarkably intact 1850s villa, with a largely unaltered landscape setting.

The original villa Carrara (as it was formerly known) was built in 1856. It's a prime example of an early Victorian Italianate style mansion, designed for a picturesque setting. This is one of the better known domestic works of the 19th century architect John Hilly, who also designed St Patrick's Catholic Church.

After being home to leading figures in Sydney, Strickland House became a women's convalescent home in the 20th century, then later an aged care facility.

With some of the best harbour views anywhere in Sydney, don't miss the chance to visit this heritage treasure. It's well worth bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the estate grounds after your tour.

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Park info

  • 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: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head: $5 per vehicle per day. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Coin payment available at Fairfax carpark machines only. Chowder Bay: 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. Park’nPay: You can also pay for your visit to any area via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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