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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
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Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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A beautiful colonial house

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Therese N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Therese N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank astrochichi
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank RonCathy2013
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3 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 

Thank LushOzTourist
Temora, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Unfortunately the cellar area is closed off at the moment for repairs, which effectively removes a third of the attraction. The house itself is quite spectacular, and gives a great insight into early Sydney. We were told that there would be a guided tour at 12.00. Great! We waited at the meeting point for 15 minutes, but no tour. Upon... More 

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