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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.


Tour time: 10.30am to 12pm.

Dates: Tuesday 14 January, Tuesday 17 March, Sunday 29 March, Tuesday 12 May and Sunday 31 May 2020.

Strickland House, Sydney Harbour National Park
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
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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 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.

    Other fees:

    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.

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Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk