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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Lettuces and a pitchfork in a kitchen garden, overlooked by Vaucluse House

 

Good Food Month 2015Tuesday 1 September 2015

Sydney Living Museums is proud to be featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Month for 2015.

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School holidays

Family Friendly Tours of our house museumsThursday 27 August 2015

Bring the family to visit our historic houses museums these school holidays and join in special children & family tours – for FREE with museum entry.

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Volunteers

Volunteer for Sydney Open 2015 now!Monday 17 August 2015

Do you want to be part of Sydney Open 2015 and share your passion for Sydney and its architecture? Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

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Vaucluse House Plan of ManagementMonday 17 August 2015

The Vaucluse House Plan of Management is now on public exhibition until 6 September 2015.

Sandstone building with turrets, with lawn in front, and driveway to right, leading to another building in background.

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Hip Hip Hooray for horses!Friday 31 July 2015

With the approach of the Horses' Birthday this weekend, we're turning the spotlight on all things equine at Vaucluse House.

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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
Saturday 05 September 2015 - Monday 05 October 2015

Mondays 21, 28 September (5–8 year olds) and Fridays 25 Sept and 2 October (8–12 year olds)
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Mondays 21, 28 September (5–8 year olds) and Fridays 25 Sept and 2 October (8–12 year olds)
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Mondays 21, 28 September (5–8 year olds) and Fridays 25 Sept and 2 October (8–12 year olds)
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Mondays 21, 28 September (5–8 year olds) and Fridays 25 Sept and 2 October (8–12 year olds)
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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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Stable Window #stable #vauclusehouse #window #rustic

Stable Window #stable #vauclusehouse #window #rustic

7 hours 8 min
Room with a view! Finishing off the spotted gum floor in this iconic harbour front home. #buildingdesign #buildingsupplies #interiordesign #renovation #renovations #architecture #sydneyarchitects #sydneyarchitecture #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourbridge #australiagram #vauclusehouse #vaucluse #australianarchitecture #timber #timberproducts #spottedgum #environmental  #modernarchitecture #homedesign #archilovers #australianstyle #instahome #architecturephotography

Room with a view! Finishing off the spotted gum floor in this iconic harbour front home. #buildingdesign #buildingsupplies #interiordesign #renovation #renovations #architecture #sydneyarchitects #sydneyarchitecture #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourbridge #australiagram #vauclusehouse #vaucluse #australianarchitecture #timber #timberproducts #spottedgum #environmental #modernarchitecture #homedesign #archilovers #australianstyle #instahome #architecturephotography

7 hours 20 min
#stables #photography #vauclusehouse #rustic

#stables #photography #vauclusehouse #rustic

7 hours 45 min
Had a beautiful day out in the Sydney sunshine at Vaucluse House. #vauclusehouse #photography #sunshine

Had a beautiful day out in the Sydney sunshine at Vaucluse House. #vauclusehouse #photography #sunshine

7 hours 47 min
Rainy friday at Vaucluse House #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #rhododendron

Rainy friday at Vaucluse House #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #rhododendron

20 hours 34 min
A very healthy (and attractive) crop of red veined sorrel in the vegie gardens at Vaucluse House. #yatesgardening #sorrel #redveinedsorrel #homegrownproduce #homegrownvegies #wintervegies #growyourownvegies #vauclusehouse

A very healthy (and attractive) crop of red veined sorrel in the vegie gardens at Vaucluse House. #yatesgardening #sorrel #redveinedsorrel #homegrownproduce #homegrownvegies #wintervegies #growyourownvegies #vauclusehouse

1 day 9 hours
I do love the colour of Wisteria #SLMgardens #sydlivmus #vauclusehousegardens #vauclusehouse #historicgardens #thegardenseries #natures_lens_ #wisteria #floralphotography

I do love the colour of Wisteria #SLMgardens #sydlivmus #vauclusehousegardens #vauclusehouse #historicgardens #thegardenseries #natures_lens_ #wisteria #floralphotography

2 days 18 hours
Low tide in Sydney Harbour #sydney #sydneyharbour #vauclusehouse #sydneywedding #wedding #weddingphotography #vsco #vscocam #lowtide #sunset #blackandwhite #australia

Low tide in Sydney Harbour #sydney #sydneyharbour #vauclusehouse #sydneywedding #wedding #weddingphotography #vsco #vscocam #lowtide #sunset #blackandwhite #australia

3 days 11 hours
Vaucluse House today for @Sydneylivingmuseums. Beautiful old stables and grounds, just right for this princess. #horses #sydney #sydneyevents #vauclusehouse #sydneylivingmuseums

Vaucluse House today for @Sydneylivingmuseums. Beautiful old stables and grounds, just right for this princess. #horses #sydney #sydneyevents #vauclusehouse #sydneylivingmuseums

3 days 20 hours
Last day of Winter #vauclusehousegardens #historicgardens #sydlivmus #thegardenseries #vauclusehouse #botanicalphotography #thebotanicalseries #distressedfx #altered_nature #illustrious_art

Last day of Winter #vauclusehousegardens #historicgardens #sydlivmus #thegardenseries #vauclusehouse #botanicalphotography #thebotanicalseries #distressedfx #altered_nature #illustrious_art

4 days 7 hours