Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney

#19 of 50 in Historic Sites in Sydney
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Experience a life of luxury and superb taste at Elizabeth Bay House, an iconic Sydney home once known as "the finest house in the colony." Originally surrounded by a most extravagant garden with commanding views over the harbor, the house still impresses visitors with its sweeping geometric staircase and central elliptical saloon. This outstanding example of Australian colonial architecture belonged to Alexander Macleay, an ambitious and narcissistic colonial secretary. Take a guided tour to hear the story of his rise and ruin in the 1830s. By using our Sydney travel route site, you can arrange your visit to Elizabeth Bay House and other attractions in Sydney.
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  • The architecture of this building is outstanding and compares well with Vaucluse House although from a slightly different period. The furniture is appropriate for the building and beautifully...  more »
  • This is as fine a country house as you will find anywhere and it is beautifully displayed after sensitive restoration and decoration. The self-guided tour is easy to follow and staff are helpful Do...  more »
  • This is a well maintained property with stunning views of the harbour. It's incredible how talented people were in days gone by because it was so cool in the the house without fans or the ac yet boiling outside. Elizabeth Bay House is located in Elizabeth Bay and was one of the largest houses at one time. The only house at the time to have an oval atrium and a staircase without support. Rooms are maintained as they were more than a 100 years ago. It was fascinating to see how the rich lived, the furniture they had, the toys they played with or how they looked after their servants. Around 500 metres down the road is a seat with an overhang carved into the hill where the lady of the house would go and sit to read or knit when it was hot (that was in the middle of lush gardens all those years ago... now amidst buildings but still there!)
  • What a surprise this was. It was recommended by two different locals. The story of one of Sydney's early families is brought to life. The docent was very knowledgeable. The home is big, and the story of its founding is interesting. Well worth the side trip.
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