Gumnut Cottage

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Our History

Gumnut Cottage has a longstanding history of providing exceptional education and care programs to both the Macquarie University and the wider community.

Gumnut was established in 1975 located on Culloden Road and was moved to its present location on campus in 1980. Over the years we have grown in size to continue to meet the changing needs of the community and currently offer education and care to 80 children per day. 

The Centre has seen numerous changes as the University campus has grown over time. Our outdoor environments were transformed with the development of the Cochlear building opposite Gumnut. This resulted in a vast outdoor space which is surrounded by beautiful tall gum trees, winding tracks, rock walls, a grassy slope and is now home to two friendly chickens.

The staff have always focused on establishing and maintaining relationships to support families and children and are now embarking on a journey of finding innovative ways to deliver and share learning programs that enhance learning for all.


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Centre Opening Hours

Gumnut Cottage

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6.30pm
50 weeks per year
Public Holidays - CLOSED

Ph: (02) 9850 7740


Banksia Cottage

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6.30pm
50 weeks per year
Public Holidays - CLOSED

Ph: (02) 9850 7781


Vacation Care

Gazetted School Holidays: 
8.00am - 6.00pm
Public Holidays - CLOSED

(02) 9850 4680 
(during school holidays)
(02) 9850 7348 
(during school terms)
Mob: 0410 458 022