During its heyday, Elizabeth Bay House was considered the finest home in the colony. This grand homestead was once surrounded by 22 hectares of gardens, most of which is now the suburb of Elizabeth Bay.
The home has been refurnished to resemble its state in 1840. To do this, historians conducted much research into the period, researching the furniture and décor of the period, and even perusing inventory lists of similar homes from the time. Despite its striking façade, the house is actually unfinished due to the financial distress of its original owner, Alexander Macleay. Elizabeth Bay was his passion and lifelong dream, yet after losing a lucrative government post he struggled to raise the capital to complete his vision.
Elizabeth Bay House is open to visitors. It is accessible by car and bus, and there is parking available. The Sydney Explorer Bus stops at Kings Cross, which is a five minute walk from the homestead. Address: 4/7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 2011.