Elizabeth Bay House

sights / Architecture

Elizabeth Bay House information

Location
Sydney , Australia
Address
7 Onslow Ave
Telephone
+61 2 2 9356 3022
Getting there
Train: Kings Cross
More information
www.hht.net.au
Prices
adult/concession $8/4
Opening hours
11am-4pm Fri-Sun
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Completed in 1839 for Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay, this elegant neoclassical mansion by architect John Verge was one of the finest houses in the colony (and still is). Its grounds – a sort of botanical garden for Macleay, who collected plants from around the world – extended from the harbour all the way up the hill to Kings Cross.

Ugly 20th-century apartments now surround it, but the exquisite oval salon and stairwell are timeless architectural delights.