Vaucluse House
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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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Pleasant green lawn sweeping down to garden beds.

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Vaucluse House Community Consultation updateWednesday 26 November 2014

Both sets of Minutes of the Vaucluse House Plan of Management Community Consultation Sessions and the Presentation notes are now available for download.

Girl with hula hoop on the grounds of Elizabeth Farm, Sydney.

Events

Summer School Holiday opening hoursMonday 24 November 2014

A group of people seated in foreground, watching musicians in background, against windows.

Events

Recreating the Salon experienceThursday 13 November 2014

Imagine it’s 1850. You’re sitting in the opulent drawing room of Vaucluse House listening to a quartet entertain you with popular tunes from Bach, Schubert and Mozart. You are so close you can see the...

Five turf care machines on lawn in front of verandah of pink building.

Gardens

Looking after our lawnsThursday 30 October 2014

Lawns are often overlooked as living breathing plants. Mostly we mow them, edge them and move on.

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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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Next 30 Days
Friday 28 November 2014 - Sunday 28 December 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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Vaucluse House is still sporting the mo, and wow, did it grow!

The gardening team are raising awareness and money for men’s health in Australia. We think it’s looking mighty fine. 
You can check it out one last time this weekend before the big shave happens on the 1st Dec.

For opening times and donations visit:

http://slm.is/growingamo

#Movember #VaucluseHouse 
Image via Steve Halliday

Vaucluse House is still sporting the mo, and wow, did it grow! The gardening team are raising awareness and money for men’s health in Australia. We think it’s looking mighty fine. You can check it out one last time this weekend before the big shave happens on the 1st Dec. For opening times and donations visit: http://slm.is/growingamo #Movember #VaucluseHouse Image via Steve Halliday

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