May Gibbs' Nutcote

The harbourside home of May Gibbs' Bib and Bub...

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm

Location: 5 Wallaringa Avenue, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089

Phone: Australia +61 (0)2 9953 4453



Nutcote was home to the renowned Australian children's author and illustrator May Gibbs.

Nutcote has been preserved for the nation as a historic house museum.

This picturesque harbourside cottage now tells the story of the life and times of one of Australia's premier children's authors and illustrators.

Come tour the house and garden and examine the wonderful displays of Gibbs' personal artefacts, pictures, sketches, letters and other memorabilia.

There is a tea room and shop (street level) separate from the original house which is set down at a lower level with gardens offering stunning views of the harbour.

May Gibbs lived at Nutcote for 44 years (1925-1969) and it was here that she created her famous characters in the studio overlooking her Australiana garden.

The double garage with basement flatette was constructed at street level in 1928 and then ultimately converted into the tea room and shop it functions as today.

It was designed in 1925 by the renowned Sydney architect B.J. Waterhouse for May Gibbs and her husband, J.O. Kelly.


Take the Audio Tour

Take a tour of Nutcote through these evocative "Talkaround" tracks...


Introduction to these audio files


Introduction to Nutcote, Dr Ian Hoskins, Council historian


Welcome from Rick Pool, former curator-manager of Nutcote


Talkaround the garden, Laurel Catchpool & Giselle Mesnage, volunteers


Talkaround the house, Dr Ian Hoskins & Judith Nancarrow, volunteer


Opening hours, admission, directions to get to Nutcote


Access Information


Restoration Works

In 2016, Council engaged heritage restoration specialist architects to carry out a detailed site audit. The audit was then split up into those minor works that can be competently handled by Council’s carpenters (for which the architects have produced a guideline manual), and the balance of works that require other skilled trades to execute them satisfactorily. The latter scope of works were put out to tender and are being carried out by specialist tradespeople (plasterers, painters, carpenters, roofers etc).

Works carried out have included cataloguing, wrapping and temporary relocation of all loose furniture & artefacts, protection of the house floor with cardboard sheeting, erection of scaffolding for roof inspection & repairs, removal of a tree that had caused ongoing damage to the sewer line, subsequent replacement of that sewer line, roof repairs, plaster repairs, replacement of cracked glass panes, investigation of the condition of floor bearers & joists & subsequent repairs to floorboards, repairs to stonework retaining walls, and repairs to the porch ceiling. Painting of the internal house walls & ceilings commenced in May with installation of new BCA-compliant handrailings to paths and steps due to follow. The works were completed in June 2016.


Nutcote is owned by Council and managed by the Nutcote Trust.

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