Eryldene Historic House & Garden

Eryldene was the home of scholar and connoisseur Professor E G Waterhouse, and his wife, Janet.  House and garden layout were designed by colonial revivalist architect, Hardy Wilson in 1913 and the place is the result of twenty years remarkable collaboration between client and architect.

The whole place is an object of State heritage significance. It comprises house and garden, oriental teahouse, garden study, temple, pigeon house, walled fountain, potting shed; garden furnishings and plant material; furniture, art works and artifacts from China, Japan, Europe and Australia.

Eryldene was a cultural centre in Sydney 1920s – 1950s.  It is particular to the wide ranging cultural, artistic, linguistic, horticultural and international interests of Waterhouse, and typical of suburban life in the first half of the 20th century where self sufficiency, frugality and scholastic achievement were encouraged in the four Waterhouse boys.  It provides tangible evidence of many stories relevant to Australia’s history.

In 1979 the Eryldene Trust was established to purchase Eryldene and to conserve, manage and present it for public education and enjoyment.  In that time it has received no ongoing funding from any government or other organization and depends for its upkeep and daily management on the work of its volunteers, and on donations, funds raised through events and government grants for capital works.


Please check Eryldene’s calendar of events for information about our open garden dates, and calendar of events

Eryldene Garden

The garden has a strong architectural framework responding to the scale and proportion of the buildings. Its exuberant plantings is contained within a backdrop of large trees. It is recognised as Australia's spiritual home of the Camellia.

The Garden Cafe

Available for tea/plunger coffee and home made cakes.

Contact & Visit

Eryldene Historic House & Garden
17 McIntosh Street

(02) 9498 2271

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Entry Fees

Adult $18.00 / $10 concession. Children under 12 are free.
For members of the Eryldene Trust, HHA and National Trust: $10

Free guided tours of the house and garden