Elizabeth Farm is located in Rosehill, Sydney. This historical building and regional tourist attraction, provides a glimpse of how people lived during the early settlement years of Sydney. Elizabeth Farm is the oldest European style building and has been maintained in its traditional form so visitors can learn about old Australian lifestyles, and the influences Sydney's history has on the city today.
This building was constructed for John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1793, who were major players in the Australian wool trade at this time. The Macarthurs travelled as a family from England to Australia to seek the financial gains of the wool trade they had heard about. A government grant was provided to them, and with this they established Elizabeth Farm. The Macarthur's lifestyle also makes an engaging story, as it features quarrels with the law, illness, misfortune and a family affected by many travels abroad. The farm also tells the story of the importance of wool to the developing Australian nation, and the business that existed around its production.Elizabeth Farm is a museum, a historical house, a garden and tea rooms that allow you to relax after wandering through the rest of the premises. You should allow at least one full hour to explore Elizabeth Farm, and enjoy the escape of a hurried, modern lifestyle. Buildings such as this are rare in Sydney, and of those that do exist, many have not been cared for and restored to their original condition, as has Elizabeth Farm. It is accessible by bus and by train, and is open weekends and other special holidays. Address: 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW, 2142.