Elizabeth Farm is a historic estate tucked away in the Sydney suburb of Rosehill. The famous farm was once home to wool pioneers, John and Elizabeth Macarthur. The farm traces its humble beginnings back to 1793 on the hillsides, with views of the majestic Parramatta River.
The land in the area was owned by the Burramattagal clan of the Dharug people.
Elizabeth Farm Cottage, Cafe & High Tea, Rosehill, Sydney NSW
Today, the house is listed on the State Heritage Register and is managed as a museum that is open to the general public at a fee. Elizabeth Farm also offers an introductory video with complimentary guided tours.
The house museum is well furnished with props dating back to the era when the Macarthurs owned the house. Look out for the well restored cedar joinery that adorns the house and marvel at just how close the house’s design is to the masterpieces of the 19th century. Everything from the repainted schemes, to the upholstery and the flooring, creates the aura of a typical 19th century house.
Outside, visitors can’t help but appreciate the natural surroundings, thanks to the recreated plantings and typical outdoor features of the early 1800s. Today the lush garden is a mix of native plants, exotic ornamentals and an array of fruit trees.
Alternatively, play the piano or settle for an early afternoon by the open fire as you share experiences with family and friends. Elizabeth Farm is a barrier-free museum. There are no locked doors or fragile pieces of furniture, so you can wander freely through the house as if it were your own.
Elizabeth Farm house is a one-storey building but there are some single steps and uneven surfaces. There is wheelchair access to all areas, except the kitchen and cellar.
The farm is accessible through 70 Alice Street in Rosehill, with free on street parking available.