Roto House

Roto House Historic Site

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

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
2 Roto Place, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444 - in Roto House Historic Site
Accessibility
Easy
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.

Take a virtual tour of Roto House captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

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    Googik Heritage walking track

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  • Sculpture along Port Macquarie Coastal walk, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Port Macquarie coastal walk

    You'll pass historic sites, stunning coastal scenery, beaches, and rainforest along the Port Macquarie coastal walk. It can be enjoyed as a full day walk or broken up into several short walks.

  • Sea Acres Rainforest Centre. Photo: © Jackson Rafferty

    Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

    Close to Port Macquarie, Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is the gateway to your rainforest experience. Friendly staff provide information and there is a café where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch.

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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/roto-house/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Roto House.

Getting there and parking

Roto House is in Roto House Historic Site:

  • Access to the parking area and wheelchair-accessible pathways to Roto House and the Koala Hospital is from Roto Place, off Lord Street.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available for cars and buses, including several designated disabled spots. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking can be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Roto House Historic Site. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Autumn is a very attractive time in the park as the days grow crisper and the light becomes softer.

Spring

Visit the park in spring to see the busy birds and the magnolia in bloom.

Winter

Enjoy the cosy atmosphere of Roto House on a cold day.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

42.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

0°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

298.2mm

Facilities

Drinking water is not available, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Amenities

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.