Elizabeth Bay House is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets, situated high above Elizabeth Bay with majestic views across Sydney Harbour and beyond.
Built by architect John Verge, the house was occupied by Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay and his family from 1839 to 1845, and was known as ‘the finest house in the colony’. With its impressive colonial façade and elegant furnishings, it is perfectly suited for smaller, intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions, and increasingly popular for cocktail-style wedding receptions.
The hall and saloon, combined with the sandstone verandah overlooking Sydney Harbour, provide a wonderful setting for pre-reception drinks and canapés, or an elegant cocktail reception for up to 100 guests. The saloon also accommodates 40 guests for a sit-down wedding banquet.
Please note the service of red wine is limited due to the conservation requirements of the original flooring, and can only be served while guests are seated for banquet events.
For smaller weddings a reception in the dining room is a unique and romantic experience, with seating for 24 guests at an antique mahogany table, high ceilings, heritage décor, an open fireplace and candlelight. After-dinner drinks, dessert and cheese can be served in the original sandstone cellar.
We work with a selection of premium caterers who deliver memorable food and beverage experiences at Elizabeth Bay House. Gold Licensed Caterers, NSW Restaurant & Catering Association, are also welcome, subject to application.
Please contact our Venue Services Coordinator to discuss your food and beverage requirements:
T +61 2 8239 2333
Evening bookings must conclude by 10:30pm. In consideration of our neighbours and local residents, amplification is restricted; please speak to our Venue Services team for more information.
A highlight of Elizabeth Bay House is the saloon which features a majestic domed ceiling and sweeping staircase, and accommodates up to 100 guests standing for a wedding ceremony. With a string quartet playing on the upper level, it provides a breathtaking entrance for a bride on her wedding day. The sandstone verandah surrounding the house allows guests to enjoy the harbour views and soak up the ambience of this special venue.
Ceremony in the Saloon, 2 hours
Exclusive interior access for wedding photography is available after museum opening hours.
A dedicated wedding coordinator from our friendly Venue Services team at Elizabeth Bay House will work hand-in-hand with you to create a successful and memorable event for your guests.
We are happy to assist you with any additional services for your wedding, including celebrants, wedding cakes and cars – please contact our Venue Services team for preferred suppliers.
Elizabeth Bay House has an in-house Audiovisual Services team to assist with any additional audiovisual equipment you require; set-up and technical support by a dedicated audiovisual operator are included with equipment hire.
Elizabeth Bay House is located at 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay. Limited on-street parking can be found nearby, and the nearest parking station is Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road, entry via Ward Avenue.
T +61 2 8356 9133
For public transport options please go to the Visit Elizabeth Bay House page.