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

Next Open Friday 25 April

 
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Adult $8

Child (under 15)/ Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

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7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011

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+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.

Elizabeth Bay House, Photograph (c) Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller, Historic Houses Trust of NSW

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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View of the front facade, Elizabeth Bay House, showing terrace and balcony.

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Winter Solstice

Research has shown that Elizabeth Bay House is precisely oriented to the position of the sunrise at the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the moment when the sun rises at its furthest point north on the horizon.

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