Elizabeth Bay House
Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 27 May

 
10AM - 4PM
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Entry

Adult $8

Child (5 - 15)/ Concession $4

Under 5s free

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free

Address

7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011

Phone

+61 2 9356 3022
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Built at 'very considerable expense', Elizabeth Bay House was once the finest house in the colony, set within a garden of the most remarkable extravagance and fancy. Yet it tells a familiar Sydney story: of ambition and passion over-stretched, of riches to ruin.

Closeup of glass case with colourful butterflies pinned inside it. Elizabeth Bay House.

With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. But it was his magnificent gardens which most keenly expressed his tastes and passions, and in the economic downturn of the 1840s pushed him towards ruin. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times.

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The Latest At Elizabeth Bay House

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Colonial Gastronomy

Colonial Gastronomy: BreadTuesday 3 May 2016

Join colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and special guest presenter, artisan bread-maker Nonie Dwyer on 12 June to learn the principles of traditional bread making.

Group of people on the steps out the front of the house.

 

Creative explosion: Elizabeth Bay House InstameetWednesday 27 April 2016

Elizabeth Bay House was seen through a new lens on Sunday and shared with the world on Instagram thanks to a collaboration between @SydneyFolk, @IgersSydney and Sydney Living Museums.

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Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

	Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm

 

Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.

Christmas

Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

아 예뻐😊 #elizabethbayhouse#sydney#travel

아 예뻐😊 #elizabethbayhouse#sydney#travel

4 days 16 hours
Another epic sunrise over the bay this Morning!! #elizabethbaylifestyle  #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #sun #sunrise #sky #blue #may #nature #sydney #cool #chill

Another epic sunrise over the bay this Morning!! #elizabethbaylifestyle #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #sun #sunrise #sky #blue #may #nature #sydney #cool #chill

6 days 21 hours
Elizabeth Bay garden... it seems already ages ago. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #bestspotsydney #myfavplace #magicmoments #sydneyviews #orangesky

Elizabeth Bay garden... it seems already ages ago. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #bestspotsydney #myfavplace #magicmoments #sydneyviews #orangesky

1 week 1 day
Back at this grand old dame today #elizabethbayhouse #greekrevival #finesthouseinthecolony

Back at this grand old dame today #elizabethbayhouse #greekrevival #finesthouseinthecolony

1 week 3 days
ElizabethBaysick #sunrise #sunrisesydney #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #earlybirth #sydneysky #autumnsydney

ElizabethBaysick #sunrise #sunrisesydney #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #earlybirth #sydneysky #autumnsydney

2 weeks 1 day
What an amazing day at  #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet  #lifeonearthwwim13  there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag.  Thanks everyone for entering here is the third of three winners of the #lumixtz110! .
🎊🎉 @kemikulz 🎉🎊
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Big thanks to 
@sydneyfolk and @igerssydney
for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

What an amazing day at #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet #lifeonearthwwim13 there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag. Thanks everyone for entering here is the third of three winners of the #lumixtz110! . 🎊🎉 @kemikulz 🎉🎊 . Big thanks to @sydneyfolk and @igerssydney for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

2 weeks 5 days
What an amazing day at  #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet  #lifeonearthwwim13  there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag.  Thanks everyone for entering here is the second of three winners of the #lumixtz110! .
🎊🎉@leontydelighet 🎉🎊
. 
Big thanks to 
@sydneyfolk and @igerssydney
for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

What an amazing day at #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet #lifeonearthwwim13 there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag. Thanks everyone for entering here is the second of three winners of the #lumixtz110! . 🎊🎉@leontydelighet 🎉🎊 . Big thanks to @sydneyfolk and @igerssydney for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

2 weeks 5 days
What an amazing day at  #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet  #lifeonearthwwim13  there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag.  Thanks everyone for entering here is the first of three winners of the #lumixtz110! .
🎊🎉@felixsaw 🎉🎊
. 
Big thanks to 
@sydneyfolk and @igerssydney
for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

What an amazing day at #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet #lifeonearthwwim13 there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag. Thanks everyone for entering here is the first of three winners of the #lumixtz110! . 🎊🎉@felixsaw 🎉🎊 . Big thanks to @sydneyfolk and @igerssydney for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

2 weeks 5 days
Hadrian admiring the view at the Elizabeth House in Sydney Harbour. -
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#elizabethbayhouse #lifeonearthwwim13 #wwim_syd_niche #tzroadtrip #sydneyfolk #igerssydney #wwim13 @sydlivmus @igerssydney @sydneyfolk @niche @westerndigital @instagram

Hadrian admiring the view at the Elizabeth House in Sydney Harbour. - - - #elizabethbayhouse #lifeonearthwwim13 #wwim_syd_niche #tzroadtrip #sydneyfolk #igerssydney #wwim13 @sydlivmus @igerssydney @sydneyfolk @niche @westerndigital @instagram

2 weeks 6 days
Diverging from my black and white obsession #igerssydney #ElizabethBayHouse #wwim13_syd_niche #WWIM13lifeonearth #WWIM13xNicheAlliance #LifeOnEarthWWIM13 THANKS! @igerssydney @sydneyfolk  #tzroadtrip #wd_syd
 #seeaustralia #sydney #explore #architecture #lines #curves #canon #canonshots #canoncollective #old #history #museum #museums #sydney #australia

Diverging from my black and white obsession #igerssydney #ElizabethBayHouse #wwim13_syd_niche #WWIM13lifeonearth #WWIM13xNicheAlliance #LifeOnEarthWWIM13 THANKS! @igerssydney @sydneyfolk #tzroadtrip #wd_syd #seeaustralia #sydney #explore #architecture #lines #curves #canon #canonshots #canoncollective #old #history #museum #museums #sydney #australia

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