Elizabeth Farm

Built by wool pioneer John Macarthur and his wife Elizabeth, this access-all-areas homestead is one of Australia’s oldest surviving European buildings. Relax on the shady verandah or stroll through the gorgeous 1830s garden, while the kids do the washing and play croquet.

This restful homestead hides a dark and stormy past. Built for the young military couple John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their growing family, Elizabeth Farm has witnessed major events in the growth of the colony, from the toppling of governors and convict rebellion to the birth of the Australian wool industry. As the original cottage was transformed into a fine colonial bungalow, the family’s life was equally gripped with turmoil and drama. Today, set within a re-created 1830s garden, Elizabeth Farm is an ‘access all areas’ museum. There are no barriers, locked doors, delicate furnishings or untouchable ornaments. Australia’s oldest homestead is now our most hands-on ‘living’ house museum.

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Elizabeth Farm
70 Alice Street

(02) 9635 9488

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Entry Fees

Free entry

Opening Hours

Friday, Saturday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
*open daily 2–28 January 2024, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day