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Strickland House is an imposing building, overlooking Sydney Harbour, Australia. It
was initially called Carrara when it was built in 1854-6 as a grand residence for the first
Lord Mayor of Sydney, John Hosking. In 1915 it was renamed Strickland House when
it became a convalescent home for women and in 1994 it was declared an urban park.
Its extensive grounds and gardens are open to the public during daylight hours. The grounds
give access to two small harbourside beaches and the Hermitage Harbour Walk, which runs
from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay. Great views overlook Shark Island in the harbour.
Update edited from The Daily Telegraph.
Historic Strickland House has been earmarked for a cafe-style restaurant as part of State
Government plans to pay for the upkeep of the heritage-listed 1850s estate at Vaucluse in
Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The prime harbourfront site, comprising the main house, five
other buildings and 4.6ha of land, estimated to be worth over $100 million, costs $380,000
a year to maintain. Its position, situated on that much land, ranks it with Kirribilli House
among the top properties in Australia. Last financial year, the house earned just $53,000
from being rented for ads, television series, films and functions. It was used in Baz
Luhrmann’s epic movie Australia.
Strickland House is currently open only once a year to the public – during Heritage Week.