Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

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Adult $8

Child (under 15) / Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

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Address

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Phone

House: 02 9388 7922
Tearooms: 02 9388 8188
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Set within a once secluded valley on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Vaucluse House and its rambling garden estate are one of Sydney’s most picturesque harbourside attractions, with a history that tells one of the great family sagas of this city.

Watercolour painting of front of house and garden viewed from the north-east. Vaucluse, near Sydney Sept' 12 1874 by Frederick Leycester Fisher, 1874.

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. The grounds were extended and flourished to cover most of the present-day suburb of Vaucluse but the main house of the family’s dreams was left unfinished. In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum and continues to entice visitors to its lush and still secluded grounds.

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Deliciously tempting cakes displayed in a high tea setting

Venues

The Colonial High Tea Series Wednesday 30 July 2014

A group of colourfully dressed children running across a green lawn.

School holidays

Explore, navigate and more!Tuesday 22 July 2014

On two crispy winter mornings during the July school holidays, forty children and their carers navigated their way across Vaucluse House estate using compasses and clues.

Children with handmade hats

School holidays

Book now for school holiday funTuesday 3 June 2014

Discover hidden histories through play, craft and fun games these school holidays.Children can join ...

View from the carriageway at Elizabeth Farm

 

Winter school holiday opening hoursTuesday 3 June 2014

 Take advantage of our extended opening hours during the school holidays and explore our 12 museums and historic houses. ...

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Conservation

A lick of paint!Wednesday 28 May 2014

For the first time in thirty years, the Principal Bedroom at Vaucluse House is being repainted in colours to match the existing scheme.

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Some of those who gathered for William Charles Wentworth’s funeral in 1873 imagined that one day the mausoleum at Vaucluse House would become a place of pilgrimage for Australians. Find out why.

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Sunday 24 August 2014 - Tuesday 23 September 2014

In October 1831 the butler Joseph Kay, along with fellow convict servants, seized the Wentworths’ boat moored in Vaucluse Bay and fled with a handful of silverware and sacks of flour, sugar and tobacco from the family’s stores.

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The Kitchen Garden at Vaucluse House. Experimenting with my new Photo grid app...never set vegetables to music before. #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #kitchengarden

The Kitchen Garden at Vaucluse House. Experimenting with my new Photo grid app...never set vegetables to music before. #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #kitchengarden

9 hours 21 min
The walking stick cabbages are finally getting some height after being ravaged by the cabbage white butterfly caterpillars. These are supposed to grow to 7 feet in ideal conditions but I don't think that'll happen in Vaucluse #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #kitchengarden #walkingstickcabbage

The walking stick cabbages are finally getting some height after being ravaged by the cabbage white butterfly caterpillars. These are supposed to grow to 7 feet in ideal conditions but I don't think that'll happen in Vaucluse #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #kitchengarden #walkingstickcabbage

1 day 9 hours
Chicken using goat! #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #vauclusehouseanimals #goats #chickens

Chicken using goat! #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #vauclusehouseanimals #goats #chickens

1 day 20 hours
The cabbage white butterflies have gone from the Kitchen Garden at Vaucluse House (for now!) and finally these Red Rock Mammoths are getting some peace...This is a large and tasty heirloom cabbage dating back to 1889. #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #kitchengarden #redrockmammothcabbage #cabbage

The cabbage white butterflies have gone from the Kitchen Garden at Vaucluse House (for now!) and finally these Red Rock Mammoths are getting some peace...This is a large and tasty heirloom cabbage dating back to 1889. #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #kitchengarden #redrockmammothcabbage #cabbage

1 day 20 hours
Moody walk through Vaucluse House by candlelight this evening, amazing house with a great family dynasty story of currency lad made good, William Charles Wentworth.
#australianlife #vauclusehouse #historichouse #sydneyhistory

Moody walk through Vaucluse House by candlelight this evening, amazing house with a great family dynasty story of currency lad made good, William Charles Wentworth. #australianlife #vauclusehouse #historichouse #sydneyhistory

3 days 7 hours
Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #shellginger #alpiniazerumbet

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #shellginger #alpiniazerumbet

3 days 11 hours
Sydney can do cute. #vauclusehouse #veggiepatch

Sydney can do cute. #vauclusehouse #veggiepatch

4 days 11 hours
#Strickland #vauclusehouse #sydney

#Strickland #vauclusehouse #sydney

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