Beautiful harbourside Nutcote (1925) is the former home of author and illustrator May Gibbs (1877–1969), who wrote the much-loved Australian children’s book about the gumnut babies Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. It’s now restored to its 1930s Arts-and-Crafts glory and houses a museum devoted to her life and work; she was a fascinatingly pioneering woman whose art-nouveau style was popular worldwide. Cheery and knowledgeable volunteer guides give tours; there are beautiful gardens, harbour views, a tearoom and a gift shop.

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1. Kirribilli

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The Sydney residences of Australia’s governor general and prime minister are located on Kirribilli Point, east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When in town,…

2. Kirribilli House

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The official Sydney residence of the Australian prime minister, this Gothic Revival–style mansion is next to the Governor General's residence, Admiralty…

4. Admiralty House

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Australia's governor-general, the local representative of the monarchy, officially resides in this waterside mansion (1846), best admired from the water…

5. Cremorne Point

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Cremorne Point (technically Robertsons Point; Woolwarra-jurng to the Eora people) is a beaut spot for a picnic on grassy Cremorne Reserve, or for a swim…

6. Luna Park

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A sinister chip-toothed clown face (50 times life-sized) forms the entrance to this old-fashioned amusement park overlooking Sydney Harbour. It's one of…

7. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

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On the shore of Lavender Bay, this is one of Sydney's hidden treasures. The public garden was created by artist Brett Whiteley's widow (an artist herself)…

8. Fort Denison

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In colonial times this small fortified harbour island was a sorry site of suffering, used to isolate recalcitrant convicts and nicknamed ‘Pinchgut’ for…