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Elizabeth Bay House

7 Onslow Avenue | Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
+61 2 9356 3022
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elegant house on beautifully kept grounds

I was brought here by my gps while geocaching in the area of my hotel up the hill. The cache is... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2017
Surrey, Canada
Elegant Elegance

Elizabeth Bay House is the most elegant house in Australia. The simple elegant building contains a... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2017
Nicholas W
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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. Explore the house on your own or ask for a guided tour. Note that if you are making a special trip for a guided tour, please call to ensure there is a guide available.
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7 Onslow Avenue | Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
City East
+61 2 9356 3022
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

I was brought here by my gps while geocaching in the area of my hotel up the hill. The cache is near the fish pool, with many large colourful koi. The view is nice from here as well. Glad I was brought here by geocaching.

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

Elizabeth Bay House is the most elegant house in Australia. The simple elegant building contains a cool elegant interior, that they have worked hard to convey the feel of when this gem was first built. The situation of this house is stunning, I visited with...More

Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed April 12, 2017

My family and I visited Elizabeth Bay House and found a real treat - the architecture was really beautiful and furnishings from the era gave a good sense of living in the 1800s. The staff were very helpful providing lots of information that complimented the...More

1  Thank melissasB3230ZJ
Reviewed April 2, 2017

Well maintained, easy access by public transport, the interesting guided tour is highly recommended. Combine with a visit to Kings Cross market or before a show at Hayes Theater.

2  Thank FridayOnMyMindSydney
Reviewed March 27, 2017

Why are these wonderful houses only open at weekends. Rubbiish if your a visitor how can you add more details when this house is only open at weekend .wake Aus.

1  Thank 43ken
Reviewed March 19, 2017

This is worth visiting if you have a Sydney Museum pass. There is an 18 minutes orientation film which actually tells you all about the house. We did find the house very hot as the windows were not open.

2  Thank Christine T
Reviewed February 6, 2017

I arrived in Sydney on a Sunday, and this was the first place I visited. Well worth it! If you are interested in architecture and history, this is a wonderful museum to visit.

2  Thank JBoice
Reviewed January 11, 2017

Elizabeth Bay House is an easily accessible property from Sydney CBD - by foot (20-30 minutes), train (Kings Cross station 10-15 minute walk) or bus (311 drops 5 mins away). Care - only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Built between 1835-1839, it is a great...More

3  Thank Emanpee
Reviewed January 3, 2017

Elizabeth House is a beautifully restored historical home that once belonged to Alexander Macleay and a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross station, through some lovely leafy streets. It was once surrounded by acres of land but due to growing debts of the owner, the...More

3  Thank MissNinja
Reviewed December 8, 2016

A trip back in time to visit this beautiful home. Such an interesting history lesson with amazing views of beautiful Elizabeth Bay.

3  Thank 654maureen
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August 15, 2016|
Response from TrueBrit_10 | Reviewed this property |
Probably in the road outside plenty of room when we were there in February though it was midweek.
Thisura W
August 2, 2016|
Response from TrueBrit_10 | Reviewed this property |
Quite a choice Government House is very accessible in The Botanic Gardens but take ID to be allowed in and it is free. Vaucluse House is very interesting as is Elizabeth House though the latter is rather tired as the... More