Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm. Photograph © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Saturday 10 October

10.30AM - 3.30PM
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Adult $8

Child (under 15) / Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free


70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142


+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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Two children watering a garden bed surrounded by plant life, assisted by a gardener

Children & Family

Spring school holiday opening hoursThursday 10 September 2015

Lettuces and a pitchfork in a kitchen garden, overlooked by Vaucluse House


Good Food Month 2015Tuesday 1 September 2015

Sydney Living Museums is proud to be featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Month for 2015.

Two girls feed a chicken while a young boy runs in the background.

School holidays

Family Friendly Tours of our house museumsThursday 27 August 2015

Bring the family to visit our historic houses museums these school holidays and join in special children & family tours – for FREE with museum entry.

Woman speaking to two other women in front of doors.


Volunteer for Sydney Open 2015 now!Monday 17 August 2015

Do you want to be part of Sydney Open 2015 and share your passion for Sydney and its architecture? Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

A colonial landscape painting showing grassy paddocks and a river with large overhanging trees in the foreground and a woman and two young children. In the background, perched on a small hill is a single storey farmhouse facing back across the fields.

New online

Growing up on Elizabeth FarmMonday 15 June 2015

The Macarthur children of Elizabeth Farm had fields, gardens and muddy riverbanks to explore. They had a large farm house to run around with cool verandahs, eerie cellars and curious nooks and crannies.

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.