Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm. Photo © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Open Today

 
10.30AM - 3.30PM
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15) / Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free

Address

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142

Phone

+61 2 9635 9488
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In 1810 John Macarthur wrote to his wife Elizabeth: ‘I am perfectly aware, my beloved wife, of the difficulties you have to contend with.’ The comment was by no account an understatement.

Detail of a painting of Elizabeth Farm from a distance. Romanticised painting of Elizabeth Farm by Joseph Lycett. This was based on sketches and his memories and painted on his return to England.

This restful homestead hides a dark and stormy past. Built for the young military couple John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their growing family, Elizabeth Farm has witnessed major events in the growth of the colony, from the toppling of governors and convict rebellion to the birth of the Australian wool industry. As the original cottage was transformed into a fine colonial bungalow, the family’s life was equally gripped with turmoil and drama. Today, set within a re-created 1830s garden, Elizabeth Farm is an ‘access all areas’ museum. There are no barriers, locked doors, delicate furnishings or untouchable ornaments. Australia’s oldest homestead is now our most hands-on ‘living’ house museum.

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Family walking in the gardens past the Eastern Verandah at Elizabeth Farm

School holidays

Autumn School holiday opening hours

Most Sydney Living Museums sites are open daily during school holidays, and some offer extended opening hours during school holidays:

Female visitor services staff member dressed in period costume of servant, facing tour group while standing in garden bed.

Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm open day

Sydney Living Museums threw open the doors of Elizabeth Farm for a free open day on Saturday 2 November. Over 500 visitors took the opportunity to visit the site and to learn more about the hidden stories of Elizabeth Farm.

By the early 1800s Sydney was a bustling trading port. Keen to stake a claim in the developing trade with China, in 1808 John Macarthur sent his nephew Hannibal to Canton with a cargo of sandalwood, hoping to bankroll the import of valuable Chinese goods to Sydney.

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Autumn leaves of the Persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #persimmon #diospyroskaki

Autumn leaves of the Persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #persimmon #diospyroskaki

8 hours 10 min
Ipomoea indica (Morning Glory) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm  #ipomoeaindica

Ipomoea indica (Morning Glory) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #ipomoeaindica

10 hours 45 min
Ipomoea indica (Morning Glory) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm  #ipomoeaindica

Ipomoea indica (Morning Glory) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #ipomoeaindica

10 hours 49 min
Salvia microphylla 'Hotlips' at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #salviamicrophyllahotlips

Salvia microphylla 'Hotlips' at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #salviamicrophyllahotlips

11 hours 40 min
Billbergia pyramidalis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #bromeliads

Billbergia pyramidalis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #bromeliads

12 hours 5 min
White Oxalis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oxalis

White Oxalis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oxalis

1 day 4 hours
Oxalis articulata (Pink Sorrel) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oxalis

Oxalis articulata (Pink Sorrel) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oxalis

1 day 4 hours
Farfugeum japonicum (Leopard Plant) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #farfugeumjaponicum

Farfugeum japonicum (Leopard Plant) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #farfugeumjaponicum

1 day 7 hours
Double Hibiscus rosa-sinensis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #hibiscus

Double Hibiscus rosa-sinensis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #hibiscus

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Basket of goodies #eggs #elizabethfarm #Easter #sydlivmus

Basket of goodies #eggs #elizabethfarm #Easter #sydlivmus

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