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

Events

Summer School Holiday opening hoursMonday 24 November 2014

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Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

Children with chickens in outdoor setting.

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Vacation Care groupsSunday 7 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums now offers tailored vacation care programs at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Vaucluse House, and Museum of Sydney.

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.

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...

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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
Sunday 21 December 2014 - Tuesday 20 January 2015

Tuesdays 13, 20 & Wednesdays 14, 21 & Thursdays 15, 22 January 11am - 2pm
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Tuesdays 13, 20 & Wednesdays 14, 21 & Thursdays 15, 22 January 11am - 2pm
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Tuesdays 13, 20 & Wednesdays 14, 21 & Thursdays 15, 22 January 11am - 2pm
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Friday 16 & Monday 19 January 2015 10.30am - 12pm (5-8 years), 2pm - 3.30pm (8-12 years)
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Friday 16 & Monday 19 January 2015 10.30am - 12pm (5-8 years), 2pm - 3.30pm (8-12 years)
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Tuesdays 13, 20 & Wednesdays 14, 21 & Thursdays 15, 22 January 11am - 2pm
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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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Emerging #roses #rosebud #budding #vauclusehouse #garden #flower #flowersofinstagram #floweroftheday #iloveroses #nature #beauty #foliage

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Dr Ari, our new vet, checking out the chickens. ..closely supervised by Ping #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

Dr Ari, our new vet, checking out the chickens. ..closely supervised by Ping #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

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2 days 11 hours
Stuart testing our new push reel mower....they've come a long way since they used to rip the lawn out by the roots...This one's great! #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #reelmower

Stuart testing our new push reel mower....they've come a long way since they used to rip the lawn out by the roots...This one's great! #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #reelmower

2 days 18 hours
Not sure if this means the sign works or not #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

Not sure if this means the sign works or not #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

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Rearranging the nursery in the Vaucluse House depot....very satisfying throwing away plants that have been in the same place and the same pot for 7 years for no apparent reason.  #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

Rearranging the nursery in the Vaucluse House depot....very satisfying throwing away plants that have been in the same place and the same pot for 7 years for no apparent reason. #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

4 days 15 hours
A lovely afternoon for #hightea at #VaucluseHouse thank you @sydlivmus #Vaucluse #sydney #sydneylivingmuseums #nsw

A lovely afternoon for #hightea at #VaucluseHouse thank you @sydlivmus #Vaucluse #sydney #sydneylivingmuseums #nsw

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