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Cadmans Cottage Historic Site

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Cadmans Cottage Historic Site was created in April 1972. It covers an area of 0.1ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents.

Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony. Over the years this sandstone cottage has been a water transport headquarters, a sailors' home and a water police station, among other things. It used to be beside the water, but since the construction of Circular Quay the harbour has 'moved' 100 metres away.

Public tours of Cadmans Cottage are suspended and will resume later in 2023.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.


  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Free guided tours of the grounds and bottom level of the house are available. They run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 9.45am to 10.15am, excluding public holidays.

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