School holidays

Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm

Family tours at Elizabeth Farm

Take a family tour of Elizabeth Farm to unlock the stories of this historic farmstead. Go back in time and be a convict servant for the Macarthurs or do the washing just as they did in the 1800s. Afterwards explore the house and abundant garden at your own leisure. 


Daily in the school holidays

11am, 1pm:     Meet the servants children's tour

12pm, 2pm:     House & garden tour for all ages

3pm:                Highlights tour


Elizabeth Farm

Included with museum entry


Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Elizabeth Farm Tearoom

Sugar pot
Breakfast setting (detail). Photo © Paolo Busato for Sydney Living Museums

Situated in the grounds of historic Elizabeth Farm, the Elizabeth Farm Tearoom offers devonshire teas, sandwiches, tea and coffee. Gluten free options available.

Opening hours:

Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
(last service 3.30pm)

Not licensed

70 Alice Street, Rosehill

T 02 9635 9488


Explore the garden

Boy running up a gravel path through leafy green garden towards house.
Elizabeth Farm. Photo © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Little remains of John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s garden, with subdivisions reducing the total size of their property from over 120 hectares  to less than one. But thanks to documentary and archaeological evidence, the remaining garden has been carefully reconstructed to reflect the Macarthurs’ time in the house and the site’s former glory.

Using original sketches, we were able to establish the types of plants that grew during the Macarthurs’ time. Pink China roses, lilies and a river gum tree were planted on the basis of a sketch by the artist Conrad Martens, and a beautiful veggie patch was established in recognition of the larger fruit and vegetable garden that once grew on the estate.

The site is now perfect for a family day out; once you’ve  explored the house, you  can borrow a picnic blanket and relax in the sun. Bring a picnic from home or there’s also a tearoom that serves snacks and drinks.