Historic Houses You Can Stay In With Kids In NSW

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Looking for a getaway with kids that’s a little different to the norm? Well, why not forget watersides, pool inflatables and fast food in favour of heritage character and a whole lotta history…

Scattered across NSW are a handful of historic houses that are perfect for a getaway with children—situated in gorgeous surrounds with plenty of history to explore, they’re the ideal alternative to more typical child-friendly holidays.

Here’s where to head to provide your family with a fun-filled dose of Australian heritage. 

Green Cape Lightstation Keepers' Cottages

Situated in the beautiful Ben Boyd National Park in the South Coast region of NSW, Green Cape Lightstation Keepers’ Cottages are perched on the edge of a peninsula, with breathtaking views across to Disaster Bay—the site of many shipwrecks and the perfect spot for some whale, seal and seabird watching!

The 3 cosy cottages have each been restored with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge rooms complete with charming nautical decor, plus a pleasant verandah so you can sit outside and soak up the fresh sea air, before retreating inside to a warm fire during winter. The cottages are perfect to use as a base to enjoy and explore Ben Boyd National Park, with a coastal walking track nearby, along with beaches and fishing spots aplenty. Plus, a free tour of the lighthouse is available to guests—so you can really make the most of the park.

Address: 47 Merimbula Drive, Merimbula
Price: From $295 per night
More information here.

St Bernard's Presbytery

For an idyllic stay against the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Mountains, St Bernard’s Presbytery overlooks the picturesque Hartley village and is surrounded by rolling hills, heritage orchards and charming sandstone buildings [see main image above]. 

The gorgeous cottage sleeps up to 4 guests and has been beautifully renovated to include all of the hallmarks of modern living amidst heritage features such as a four-poster bed, Chesterfield lounge, gas fire and a spa bath. It’s the ideal spot to explore the historic village nearby, in complete comfort and style. We’re sold!

Address: 45 Old Great Western Hwy, Hartley
Price: From $210 per night
More information here.

Post Office Residence

Located between Bathurst and Mudgee, the Post Office Residence exudes classic country charm, intertwined with grand colonial style and modern updates. Harking back to the gold rush days, this former postmaster’s home in Hill End Historic Site was built in 1872, and has been beautifully restored for the perfect family getaway.

The nearby churches, galleries and historic cottages make this a heritage experience not to be missed, and it’s also close to some gorgeous walking tracks where the kids can really blow off some steam!

Address: Cnr Church and Tambaroora St, Hill End
Price: From $300 per night
More information here.

Wolgal Hut

If you’re keen to go subalpine, Wolgal Hut offers the perfect base to explore the stunning surrounding high country of the Aussie Alps. Situated in the Selwyn area of Kosciuszko National Park, the lodge is made from classic stone and timber—the perfect base for a spot of skiing in winter or bushwalking and trout fishing in summer. 

Address: Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park
Price: From $280 per night
More information here.

Hilltop Cottage in the Royal National Park

The perfect pick for families with the ability to sleep up to 6 people, Hilltop Cottage in Sydney’s stunning Royal National Park is a great base to explore the surrounding beaches, wildlife and walking tracks. The cottage itself boasts great amenities, a gorgeous deck to sit on and soak up the view across to Port Hacking, plus modern facilities and decor. 

Address: 154 Rathane Road, Royal National Park, NSW
Price: From $630
More information here.

Cockatoo Islands Heritage Houses

Houses don’t get much more historic than those of Cockatoo Island’s former medical officer and engineering manager dating back to 1913. The two federation-style houses have been beautifully restored and are situated among stunning gardens, with gorgeous outdoor spaces and iconic views across to Hunters Hill.

Able to accommodate up to 12 people, the houses are ideal for an extended family staycation in the heart of Sydney Harbour!

Address: Cockatoo Island, NSW
Price: From $2850 per night
More information here. 

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Images via: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au