Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 24 October

 
11AM - 4PM
Please note: On Sun 19 Oct the house will be open 10.30am to 1.30pm only, due to a matinee performance.
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Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15) / Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free

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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Community consultation on new Plan of ManagementWednesday 15 October 2014

As we develop principles for the ongoing sustainable management of the Vaucluse House estate we invite you to contribute your ideas and feedback about the current and future use of the house and estate.

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

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Artist-in-residence at Vaucluse HouseWednesday 17 September 2014

During the September school holidays Vaucluse House will be hosting an artist-in-residence - Andrei Davidoff, a contemporary ceramic artist from Melbourne.

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Venues

Colonial High TeaWednesday 27 August 2014

This Spring, we at Sydney Living Museums and Fresh Catering invite you to transport your taste buds back in time over five special weekends at three very special museums, commencing this Father's Day weekend.

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Events

School Holiday HoursWednesday 27 August 2014

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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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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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Details #vauclusehouse #sydney #sydneylivingmuseums #wateringcan

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Details #lavender #potplant #window #vauclusehouse #sydney #sydneylivingmuseums

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Sarah & Robert 💕 #myviolet #vauclusehouse #tearooms #daptobride #sarahandsebastianwedding @sarahandsebastianjewellery

Sarah & Robert 💕 #myviolet #vauclusehouse #tearooms #daptobride #sarahandsebastianwedding @sarahandsebastianjewellery

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Pretty amazing by candlelight - drawing room at #vauclusehouse

Pretty amazing by candlelight - drawing room at #vauclusehouse

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Salon Music in the drawing room at #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus

Salon Music in the drawing room at #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus

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Sunday culture vultures #vauclusehouse #hiddengem

Sunday culture vultures #vauclusehouse #hiddengem

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Kangaroo carpaccio, wattleseed & native thyme damper, bush tomato chutney #australiannativecuisine from Edna's Table Ray & Jennice Kersh @sydlivmus #wildfoods #colonialgastronomy

Kangaroo carpaccio, wattleseed & native thyme damper, bush tomato chutney #australiannativecuisine from Edna's Table Ray & Jennice Kersh @sydlivmus #wildfoods #colonialgastronomy

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Tucking in to #colonialgastronomy Wild Foods at #vauclusehouse today. Roo burgers, damper rolls & bush tomato chutney, Kangaroo steamer & rosella jelly and @younghenrys brews #pastmeetspresent @sydlivmus

Tucking in to #colonialgastronomy Wild Foods at #vauclusehouse today. Roo burgers, damper rolls & bush tomato chutney, Kangaroo steamer & rosella jelly and @younghenrys brews #pastmeetspresent @sydlivmus

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