Vaucluse House
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Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

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House: 02 9388 7922
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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 updateTuesday 18 November 2014

The Minutes of the Vaucluse House Plan of Management Community Consultation Session 1 on 28 November 2014 are now available for download.

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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.

Potters hands working turning clay on electric potting wheel

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Meet Andrei DavidoffSunday 26 October 2014

Take a spin artist-in-residence Andrei Davidoff, a ceramic artist 'cooler than ice-cream'.

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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 23 November 2014 - Tuesday 23 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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Sorting through frames from our recent #sydney wedding today // Lillie has me forever posing for test shots, it's a hard life.. • #photographerlife  #livandlil #vauclusehouse #itsagoodlife #exploring #locationscouting #takemeback #latergram

Sorting through frames from our recent #sydney wedding today // Lillie has me forever posing for test shots, it's a hard life.. • #photographerlife #livandlil #vauclusehouse #itsagoodlife #exploring #locationscouting #takemeback #latergram

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#movember#vauclusehouse#funky #almost #grown#lush#green#mo#Modern #vs#old#love

#movember#vauclusehouse#funky #almost #grown#lush#green#mo#Modern #vs#old#love

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View from above at today's wedding #vauclusehouse #peony #paperstraws #masonjars #refreshmentstand #weddingdrinks #sydneywedding

View from above at today's wedding #vauclusehouse #peony #paperstraws #masonjars #refreshmentstand #weddingdrinks #sydneywedding

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Merry & Pippen🐶💕🐶 So well behaved today at Natalie & Kevin's wedding #weddingpaws #wedding #weddingday #weddingsofinstagram #pets #petsatweddings #animalphotography #animalsatweddings #specialday #stylemepretty #dogs #dogsatweddings #cutedog #cutedogs #cutephoto #vauclusehouse

Merry & Pippen🐶💕🐶 So well behaved today at Natalie & Kevin's wedding #weddingpaws #wedding #weddingday #weddingsofinstagram #pets #petsatweddings #animalphotography #animalsatweddings #specialday #stylemepretty #dogs #dogsatweddings #cutedog #cutedogs #cutephoto #vauclusehouse

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The purple carpeted courtyard at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #jacaranda

The purple carpeted courtyard at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #jacaranda

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Beautiful day for a wedding! @whoanellyy #natalieandkevin

Beautiful day for a wedding! @whoanellyy #natalieandkevin

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Looking for the perfect place for a special day. Day1 #vauclusehouse#vaucluseteahouse#hot#day#lovely#lunch#pasta#best#chips

Looking for the perfect place for a special day. Day1 #vauclusehouse#vaucluseteahouse#hot#day#lovely#lunch#pasta#best#chips

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November lilies (Lilium longiflorum) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House..just as well it's November.  #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #liliumlongiflorum

November lilies (Lilium longiflorum) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House..just as well it's November. #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #liliumlongiflorum

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The courtyard Jacaranda from the cellar at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #jacaranda

The courtyard Jacaranda from the cellar at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #jacaranda

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