My daughter and I adore trips into the city and beyond. At school holiday time, it can get awfully crowded, so we sneak off to Nutcote. I first went there when I was pregnant with my daughter, and imagined taking my little girl one day, and how wonderful it would be. We go annually, often with friends, and always have a glorious time.
Nutcote was built in 1925 for author and illustrator May Gibbs and her husband J Kelly, and May Gibbs lived there until her death in 1969. Due to enormous public support, it was preserved and opened to the public in 1994. May Gibbs lived and worked at Nutcote for 44 years, creating such classics as Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and her comic strip Bib and Bub.
You can saunter through the garden May loved and the children can play dress-ups, watch a documentary about May, tour the beautifully-restored house and enjoy lunch from the Bib and Bub Tea Room. There is also a well-stocked gift shop.
To get there, catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Hayes Street Wharf, Neutral Bay. Parking is limited. Escape the maddening crowd.