Onslow Avenue is a one-way street, so from Elizabeth Bay Road you need to turn into Ithaca Road.
We don’t have parking at Elizabeth Bay House, and street parking in the area is limited. There is one accessible parking space outside the southeast corner of the house. For buses, there is one 15-minute parking space for dropping-off and picking-up on Onslow Avenue opposite the entrance to Elizabeth Bay House.
We do not have secure parking for bikes at Elizabeth Bay House.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Next Open Friday 27 May
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10AM - 4PM
Admission charges apply
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Child (5 - 15) / Concession $4
Family (two adults + two children) $17
Under 5s free
Explore the house on your own or ask our friendly staff for a guided tour. Note that if you are making a special trip for a guided tour, please call before to make sure a guide will be available at that time. Tours take about 45 minutes.
An introductory video (17 minutes, with subtitles) plays on a loop in the cellar.
Groups of 10 or more wanting a guided tour need to book. Group tours can also be arranged for other days (Mondays to Thursdays). For bookings and information call +61 9356 3022.
Please note that we currently do not offer programs for school groups at this site.
Things to do
Take a photo of Elizabeth Bay House’s famous elliptical domed saloon and share on your favourite social media #ElizabethBayHouse
View the butler’s pantry, and imagine the lavish feasts that were once served in the dining room.
Relax in the library, once the largest room of any Australian house, and learn about Macleay’s amazing natural history collection.
Visit the grotto, once part of the sweeping gardens that surrounded the house but now hidden between two apartment blocks.
Climb the magnificent mudstone stairs to the first floor and enjoy spectacular views across the harbour and out to Sydney Heads.
Children & families
Experience how wealthy families lived in the 1830s. Ask a guide to take you up to the servants quarters and down to the cellars under the house. Admire the beautiful butterfly collection in the library, be the first to spot the lion hiding in the saloon and find the grotto that was once hidden in the gardens. While most of these gardens no longer exist, the house is across the road from McElhone Reserve and a short walk from Beare Park on the harbour’s edge.
All umbrellas, heavy coats, bags over handbag size and other large items must be cloaked.
Professional camera equipment, including tripods, lighting etc, must be left at reception unless you have organised permission beforehand.
Strollers are not allowed in the main house, but can be left at reception.
Bring a coat in winter – the sandstone house can get very cold with the breeze blowing in from the bay!
Please feel free to call before your visit or ask at the reception desk for any assistance you may need.
There is one designated accessible parking space outside the southeast corner of the property. There are 9 steps into the house via the front entrance but for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility we can open the back gate, which has level access into the house from the road. Please ask at reception or call beforehand to arrange.
Inside the house, only the ground floor is accessible to people with low mobility, and ground-floor only tours can be arranged on request. For visitors who are unable to access other areas directly, folders with captioned images are provided. Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor.
We are always happy to try and accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on +61 2 9356 3022.
Hearing and visual
The introductory video is subtitled. Bold-print maps of the house are available from the reception desk.
Don’t miss our stylish range of gifts, cards and books inspired by Australian history, and house and garden design.
Conveniently close to the city, Elizabeth Bay House is ideal venue for elegant business lunches, cocktail parties, dinners or events; its outstanding architecture and positioning also make it a highly desirable location for smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions, including the increasingly popular cocktail-style wedding celebrations.