- Elizabeth Bay House
- Elizabeth Farm
- Government House
- Hyde Park Barracks Museum
- Justice & Police Museum
- Museum of Sydney
- Rose Seidler House
- Rouse Hill House & Farm
- Susannah Place Museum
- The Mint
- Vaucluse House
Elizabeth Bay House 1835
Experience a life of luxury at the Macleay residence, once claimed to be 'the finest house in the colony'. Be stunned by the breathtaking harbour views, sweeping staircase, domed roof and elegant furnishings. Hear the fascinating story of Alexander Macleay's ambition, narcissism and ruin.
7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay
Elizabeth Farm 1793
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. Then refuel with a refreshing Devonshire tea in the tearooms.
70 Alice Street, Rosehill
Government House 1837
Step inside this magnificent harbourside Gothic Revival mansion, designed in England by famed architect Edward Blore. Take a guided tour of the impressive hall, elegant ballroom and grand dining room, where dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II and the Pope have been entertained. Wander the lavish gardens and take in the sparkling harbour views.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney
A World Heritage Australian convict site
Hyde Park Barracks Museum 1819
See what life was like for the convicts who built Sydney at this magnificent museum, housed in Governor Macquarie’s original convict barracks. Hear the convicts' haunting tales, clad yourself in leg-irons and hop into a convict hammock.
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Law and order
Justice & Police Museum 1856
These historic police buildings once hosted infamous criminals like bushranger Captain Moonlite and sly-grog queen Kate Leigh, as Sydney's police and magistrates kept law and order. Walk the corridor of cells and check out the chilling collection of criminal weapons and hundreds of photos from the forensic archives.
Cnr Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney
Home to four generations of women
Gain an insight into the generations of women who created this charming house and garden in Nowra. Their many personal possessions, including furniture, household objects, clothes, books, letters, diaries and photographs, tell a multitude of stories of the way life was for women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Corner West & Worrigee Streets, Nowra
On the site of First Government House
Museum of Sydney 1995
Enjoy our latest exhibitions, pore over the fascinating archaeological remains at the site of the colony's first Government House, built in 1788, and see the award-winning contemporary sculpture Edge of the trees. Journey through Sydney's more than 200-year history and learn about the people, places and cultures that have made it such a cosmopolitan city.
Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
Rose Seidler House 1948
Immerse yourself in this 1950s modernist house designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler.Nestled in natural bushland, it is known for its use of open planning, bold colours and modern technology, and promoted the modernist movement in Australia. The house's original furniture forms one of Australia's most important postwar design collections. Take a tour of the interior and enjoy the panoramic views from its sunny deck.
71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga
Rouse Hill House & Farm 1813
Crammed with thousands of objects - from the earliest colonial treasures to a 1960s television - this house chronicles the changing fortunes of six generations of the one family. Wander through one of Australia’s oldest surviving colonial gardens and view the old machinery strewn around the extensive farmstead.
356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Sydney's working-class heritage
Susannah Place Museum 1844
The working class did it tough in Sydney during the 19th century. View the laundry copper, backyard dunny, worn lino, tiny kitchen and crowded living quarters when you visit this rare, surviving example of a working-class terrace. Then stock up on lollies at the old corner shop.
58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney
in a historic place
The Mint 1811/2003
Step inside Australia’s oldest surviving public building and immerse yourself in Sydney's rich history of house interiors and gardens [at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection]. Dine in style at the Sydney Mint Café on the top floor of the original Rum Hospital, or hold your wedding in the historic sandstone courtyard.
10 Macquarie St, Sydney
A country house
by the harbour
Vaucluse House 1805
Delight in the ornate interiors of the home of statesman and explorer William Charles Wentworth and his wife, Sarah. See the house's strange style and incomplete construction, and hear about the couple's struggle for social acceptance. Discover our historic kitchen garden and enjoy afternoon tea at the charming Vaucluse House Tearooms.
Wentworth Road, Vaucluse