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Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge


7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011


+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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The Cook and the Curator

Of sideboards and serving tables: parte the fyrsteThursday 16 July 2015

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Children & Family

All aflutter at Elizabeth Bay HouseFriday 19 June 2015

These school holidays, Elizabeth Bay House will be offering Children’s Science and Specimens Tours, looking at the Macleays' natural history collections.

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Celebrating our volunteersWednesday 13 May 2015

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Chee Soon & Fitzgerald at SLMWednesday 22 April 2015