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Elizabeth Farm

Museums, History Rosehill
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, while the museum’s genteel tearooms are open weekends only between 10am and 4pm. 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: $8-$12
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 10.30am-3.30pm; open daily during NSW public school holidays

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