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Strickland House

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Step back in time as you walk up the lush lawn to Strickland House in Vaucluse. This 19th-century estate is a heritage treasure and boasts one of the best harbour views anywhere in Sydney.

Historic buildings/places
Opening times

There’s no entry into the Strickland House building. The grounds and garden are open from sunrise to sunset.

What to
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, clothes for all weather conditions
Please note

Flying of recreational drones is prohibited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at Strickland House as it's within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site.

Strickland House in Sydney Harbour National Park has been many things in its long life. Designed in the Victorian Italianate style by architect John Hilly (who designed St Patrick’s Catholic Church), in the 19th century it was home to leading figures of Sydney's establishment. In the 20th century it was a women’s convalescent home and later an aged care facility. Now, its grounds and gardens welcome bushwalkers, history buffs, locals, beachgoers, boaties and photographers. Watching the sun set over Sydney Harbour from its lawn is an unforgettable experience.

Spend the day picnicking on the lawn and take a dip at Milk Beach. You'll be close to Nielsen Park and Vaucluse House, and it’s only a short walk to Rose Bay.

Enter the beautiful gardens of Strickland House from the Hermitage Foreshore track. You can also access the lawn from tiny Milk Beach, which the house overlooks. Give yourself time to admire the architecture of the heritage-listed mansion, dormitory and stables. The garden combines English tradition with native plants, like the majestic Moreton Bay fig trees. It's amazingly peaceful, even though the house is minutes from busy suburban roads.

You won’t forget the breathtaking harbour view, clear sea air and secluded elegance of Strickland House. A visit here will leave you feeling restored, fit and ready to face the 21st century again.

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Tours and events at this location

  • Aerial view of Strickland House in Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Gareth Pickford/DPIE

    Strickland House heritage tour

    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.


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  • 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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