Elizabeth Farm, Sydney

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Elizabeth Farm is an historic estate located at 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Elizabeth Farm was the family home of wool pioneer, John and his wife Elizabeth Macarthur. The estate was commenced in 1793 on a slight hill overlooking the upper reaches of Parramatta River, 23 kilometres (14 mi) west of Sydney Cove. This area belonged to the Burramattagal clan of the Dharug people, whose presence is recalled in the name Parramatta.

The small, solid three-roomed brick cottage in the Australian Old Colonial style was transformed, by the late 1820s, into a smart country house, surrounded by 'pleasure grounds', orchards and almost 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of semi-cleared land. Enveloped within later extensions, the early cottage remains intact, making it Australia's oldest surviving European dwelling. The estate is managed by Sydney Living Museums as a museum that is open to the public for a modest fee.

On 2 April 1999 the estate was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register, the first property entered on the register.
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  • I like technology but it would be nice to be able to talk to a real human being, only not listening to a monologue from a tablet whilst taking a tour of this awesome place. Council should make real...  more »
  • I was a bit disappointed with Elizabeth Farm. Upon reflection, I think this is due to 2 reasons. Firstly, I was the only solo visitor on a guided tour full of families with little children who seemed....  more »
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  • Great experience. Highly recommend doing a tour of the house, very fascinating history. Also highly recommend the scones from the cafe! Outstanding!
  • Elizabeth Farm is great to visit for all the family. Heaps of history to learn about, beautiful grounds, and perhaps the world's most delicious scones (though the coffee is standard at best). They also hold a Spring Harvest Festival each year which has heaps of fun things to see and do.

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