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Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney
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This is a grand old house commanding fine views over Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, and surprisingly quiet even at weekends. Pride of place goes to a stunning elliptical staircase which takes the visitor up t... read more »
Furthering my quest to see as many colonial houses as I can, I finally made it to Elizabeth Bay House. Built by Sydney's colonial secretary, Alexander McLeod, in the 1830s, I was only sorry I hadn't m... read more »
I live in Sydney and wanted to see some history of my own city. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and found the guide entertaining and engaging. We walked to Elizabeth Bay Wharf nearby and passed Boomera... read more »
Steve Campbell Grant
Somehow this house survives today - buried within the urban sprawl of Sydneys eastern suburbs. No expense was spared in making this place - and you can tell no corners were cut or dodgy contractors employed. The suspended staircase inside the house is of particular note. They also do high tea here - and you can find plenty of other interesting goings on at the Sydney Living Museums website. Staff are exceptionally friendly - good place to bring your family when you've been "everywhere" in Sydney city. Tell the kids "devices down - it's time to learn!"
If you have 45 mins, this is well worth your time. A wonderful piece of history dating back to 1839. Be sure to head downstairs to watch the intro video (±18 mins) as this will give you better idea of the history of the house. Its an old video (from 1987) and a little cheesy, but its still worth it.
I love the Elizabeth Bay house gardens directly across the street. You may be surprised what you find.
Elizabeth Bay House is a fine example of Sydney colonial architecture. You will need to see it - the house features an elliptic staircase that is one of the most beautiful architectonic features I've ever seen. Most rooms are furnished the way they looked like in the late 19th century and it's a pleasure to walk around and take it all in. From the upstairs bedrooms you have great views over Sydney harbour. The cellar is equally interesting and thanks to the flyer at the entrance you get good insights into the upstairs-downstairs setup of the house. In the basement there is also a 10-min documentary for more background info, and you can join a tour as well.
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