Gulf Station is a former pastoral station, near Yarra Glen in the Yarra Valley. It was established by the Bell family in the 1840s and was in continual ownership until the 1950s. It has been managed as a place museum by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) since the 1970s.
Nicola led the re-development of the homestead at Gulf Station, in collaboration with Mike Emmett and Claire Emmett of Redfish Bluefish Design. This included researching the history of Gulf Station, assessing past interpretation of the place as a whole, and creating a new interpretive strategy. The place now tells its stories through the fabric of the place itself, and through the voices and memories of past family members. Only objects directly associated with the place remain in the building, and the interiors are interpreted through revealing the structure in some areas and through research based re-decoration in others. Quotes and reminiscences are used in creative ways to describe the past activities and uses of various rooms.