Elizabeth Bay House is a great attraction tucked away in Woolloomooloo and one of the finest examples of architecture of its era. The house was constructed in 1835 to 1839, and for a period for time, was once referred to as ‘the finest house in the colony’; an apt name for the impressive home.
The design of the house is was created by John Verge – a renowned and accomplished architect at the time.
Elizabeth Bay House, Wedding, History & High Tea, Sydney Australia
The house provided accommodation for the then colonial Secretary and his family. It is a befitting example of colonial architecture and one of the most iconic attractions in Sydney, with its strategic location providing panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour.
This historic colonial style home underwent renovations in 1977, before opening its doors to the public as a house museum. Today, its operations are managed by the Sydney Living Museums and the house is listed on the Australian Register of the National Estate.
One of the most delightful things about this house is its sweeping elegance that welcomes you to take a walk back in time to the 19th century. The charming interior design paints a clear picture of life in that era. Walking down the stairs and you can almost hear the chirping birds that once lived in the expansive 54 acre lush gardens. So fertile was the house’s surroundings, that it was often referred to as a haven for botanists and bird lovers.
Visit the house’s famous saloon – this is one of the most notable parts of the house due to its striking design and architecture. Pass by the butler’s pantry and for a moment, picture the elaborate parties held on location at the house. The dining room hosted outlandish feasts worth the Colonial Secretary’s stature, making this a befitting location of the house to tour.
Other noteworthy parts of the house include the library, which is home to an amazing collection, and the grotto tucked within the stone walls that support the garden terrace above. It features stone seats with a roof carved from an overhanging rock.
Elizabeth House is located about 4.5km east of the Sydney CBD. The 311 bus will bring you to Greenknowe Avenue, a 10-minute walk from Elizabeth Bay House or a 7-minute walk from Kings Cross train station. The closest available parking is located at the Kings Cross Car Park on Ward Ave. Fees apply.
For people who require wheelchair access, please call beforehand to arrange entrance to the building. Inside the house, only the ground floor is accessible to people with low mobility, and ground-floor only tours can be arranged on request.
Elizabeth Bay House is open between Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.