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Elizabeth Farm

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Elizabeth Farm homestead
Photograph: Douglas Riley

Time Out says

Pick up a picnic rug and take a seat in the museum's gardens

Elizabeth Farm is notable both for being the birthplace of the Australian wool industry – John Macarthur imported merino sheep for breeding at the site – and for the farm’s main building. With its deep, shady verandas and stone-flagged floors, it became the prototype for the Australian homestead, and parts of the original 1793 construction – the oldest surviving European building in Australia – remain. They also have the oldest surviving olive tree in the Museum's gardens. The interior has been restored to its 1830s condition, and the farm is run by Sydney Living Museums – and they welcome kids sitting on the antique beds, playing on the grand piano and mucking in at the farm kitchen. 



Address: 70
Alice Street
Transport: Nearby stations: Parramatta, Buses: Parramatta
Price: $12-$15
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
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