Elizabeth Bay House
Front facade, Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 25 July

 
11AM - 4PM
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Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15)/ Concession $4

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.

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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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By the light of a candleFriday 4 July 2014

With shutters drawn, lights switched off and iPhones hidden away, guests at Elizabeth Bay House were transported back to a time before the convenience of electricity. In the...

Sunrise at Elizabeth Bay House

 

Perfect conditions for solstice breakfastMonday 23 June 2014

While the view from Elizabeth Bay House is always fantastic, at winter...

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Winter at Elizabeth Bay HouseTuesday 17 June 2014

It’s wintertime at Elizabeth Bay House and our Visitor Interpretation Officers Liane Ades and Meg Quinlisk paint a vivid picture of how the preparations for the change of season may have been experienced by the...

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Getting involvedWednesday 28 May 2014

Our volunteers roll up their sleeves to help our heritage flourish.

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Events

Winter events are hereFriday 16 May 2014

Experience Sydney’s past, present and future at our place this winter.Join us for all new talks, tours and special events, explore the history of architectural design in Sydney with our Home &...

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