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Elizabeth Bay House

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Address: Seven Onslow Avenue | Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Phone Number: 61 02 9356 3022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Impressively restored time capsule

This is a grand old house commanding fine views over Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, and surprisingly quiet even at weekends. Pride of place goes to a stunning elliptical staircase which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a grand old house commanding fine views over Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, and surprisingly quiet even at weekends. Pride of place goes to a stunning elliptical staircase which takes the visitor up to the first floor rooms, as sympathetically restored and appointed as those on the ground floor to give a flavour of life amongst the well-to-do in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Furthering my quest to see as many colonial houses as I can, I finally made it to Elizabeth Bay House. Built by Sydney's colonial secretary, Alexander McLeod, in the 1830s, I was only sorry I hadn't made the trip earlier. What a treat!. There is none of the original land or gardens or stables left unfortunately - it is Elizabeth... More 

1 Thank Therese N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

I live in Sydney and wanted to see some history of my own city. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and found the guide entertaining and engaging. We walked to Elizabeth Bay Wharf nearby and passed Boomerang House which is one of the most expensive waterfront properties in Australia. Then we walked back to Potts Point looking at all the buildings... More 

1 Thank astrochichi
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

A nice place to see, but I wouldn't suggest coming here if you're a tourist with not a lot of time on your hands. The architecture is lovely and the building has a lot of interesting history, there is even a lot of preserved furniture from when the house was first built, but overall it doesn't have much to offer.... More 

Thank Rowan W
Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

Stopped here on a walk around the Harbour side. Reasonably well preserved with period furniture. Guided tour was well done, explaining some unique features as well as the family history. Take the trouble to find the grotto, its a little hidden treasure.

Thank Rennie2526
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

It would be well worth their while for tourists wishing to visit Elizabeth Bay House to check out its opening hours before planning their visit, as it's a bit out of the way and it can be potentially disappointing to make a lot of effort and find the venue closed. We found our visit thoroughly enjoyable and were greatly impressed... More 

1 Thank RonCathy2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

This lovely house is not easy to find as we travelled by train and had to ask several people en route for directions. We had visited 6 years before when we also had had problems finding this property. Lovely though the house is nothing had moved forward, same old dated film in the cellar and a general air of neglect.... More 

Thank TrueBrit_10
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2016

A recent visit to Elizabeth Bay House was such a memorable experience. The opportunity to explore the history of the house and its occupants was enriched by the knowledge of our tour guide Karl. The presentation of historical facts and play with imagination to entertain us where the facts were missing made the outing. As a group we all agreed... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Not really into Old Historic Houses bug I staying in Potts Point so it seemed rude not to cross the road and wander down into Elizabeth Bay, what a hidden gem of a little community and then spotted Elizabeth House, got chatting to a local who said 'it's worth a visit' and they weren't wrong, WHOW a big insight to... More 

Thank Restless59
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2015

Almost 200 years ago a stern old Scot called Alexander Macleay, the first administrative chief of the colony, decided to build a Greek revival mansion on his 54-acre harbour side land grant to show off his wealth and status. It was the grandest house in the colony and was dubbed the Lion of Sydney. Ask the well-informed staff to walk... More 

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