The house is built from sandstone quarried from the site in the early 1880s.
The garden at Carisbrook extends to Lindley Cove in Burns Bay.
Victorian period furnishings
Carisbrook House is furnished with 19th century Australian antique furniture.
Reinstated original stencilled freize.
Carisbrook serves Devonshire Teas, coffee and cake in the courtyard. House tours are on the hour.
Carisbrook is Sydney’s only middle-class 1880s house museum. It is a wonderful contextual historical space where middle-class suburban life at the end of the nineteenth century comes alive. The house and garden provide an exciting glimpse of how Victorian Aussies lived on the North Shore before plumbing, electricity and all the other services were introduced.
Carisbrook houses a fine collection of period furnishings and appliances used by the average Victorian family in their everyday lives. The soft furnishings are faithful to the 1880s period.
Below the courtyard is a vaulted sandstone cistern which once provided water for the house. This and other architectural features, show visitors how people can live without air-conditioning and an ever-running tap. Young visitors especially are fascinated when they realise that if they lived in this house there would be no computers, no television, no microwaves and, when they see the bedroom commode, no flushing toilets!
The crowning glory of Carisbrook is the gardens which roll down to the waters of Linley Cove and into a reserve. Everything at Carisbrook holds some interest–especially if you are a 19th century enthusiast or interested in antiques.