At the forefront of Elizabeth Bay is the historic Elizabeth Bay House, part of Sydney’s “Living Museum” heritage. It was built “at great expense” in 1900 by one of the wealthiest Europeans in the city, colonial secretary Alexander Macleay.Elizabeth Bay House is a superb example of Australian colonial architecture, best known for its central elliptical saloon with domed lantern and geometric staircase.At the time the property covered an expansive 54 acres and was the centrepiece of a lush landscaped garden, with spectacular views on Sydney Harbor. Today the villa is surrounded by apartment buildings of the inner eastern Sydney suburb of Elizabeth Bay.By day, you can visit the house, with its characteristic vintage atmosphere and antique furniture, regal rooms with dimly-lit corners, and the cellar that is said to be haunted by the ghost of a convict. The mansion often hosts special events, such as night tours and masquerade balls.
view from Elizabeth Bay House

view from Elizabeth Bay House

Arthur McElhone Reserve

Outside Elizabeth Bay House, right in front of the house, you can find the Arthur McElhone Reserve, a tiny lush garden that offers one of the best views of the harbour. It’s a nice place to relax and enjoy a picnic.
Arthur McElhone Reserve Sydney

Arthur McElhone Reserve Sydney

Opening hours and admissions

Opening hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 am–4 pm.Admission: Adult $15, Children under 3 years Free of charge

How to get there

The house is just a seven-minute walk from Potts Point and Kings Cross train stations.