Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 31 July

 
11AM - 4PM
  • Shop
  • Tearooms

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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The Latest At Vaucluse House

Row of jars of different sizes and colours.

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Pickling Pièce de RésistanceFriday 24 July 2015

If you have a very keen eye, and have visited Vaucluse House in the past few months, you may have noticed something suspicious going on in our kitchen; the pickles are proliferating!This week saw the conclusion...

Closeup of kookburra showing wing patch.

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Perfect Weather (For Some) at Vaucluse HouseFriday 17 July 2015

A week of cold, wet and windy conditions may not seem ideal to many Sydney-siders, but at Vaucluse House it's just what the doctor ordered for some of our native plants and animals.

Two felt puppets, representing female and male getting married.

Children & Family

Family fun for everyone at Vaucluse HouseFriday 3 July 2015

Whether you’re interested in crafting complex characters or foodie farmyard foraging, or simply an engaging day out with the family, Vaucluse House has something for everyone.

Girl hanging up washing with garden greenery in background

School holidays

Family friendly toursMonday 29 June 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.

Fireplace with tongs and other implements resting on fender.

 

Winter Has Come (to Vaucluse House)Thursday 25 June 2015

With the cooler weather drawing in, this week saw a subtle adjustment to the presentation of many of the rooms 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.

Meet the animals at Vaucluse House

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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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Yeah, I'd say that typifies the 19th century child pretty well. #vauclusehouse

Yeah, I'd say that typifies the 19th century child pretty well. #vauclusehouse

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A #rose by any other name would smell as sweet #vauclusehouse @sydlivmus

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Twisted #tree outside #VaucluseHouse @sydlivmus

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Perfect #winter day @sydlivmus #VaucluseHouse

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Bright blue skies over Vaucluse House this morning. 
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Bright blue skies over Vaucluse House this morning. #VaucluseHouse #SLMgardens

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Winter #gardening at #VaucluseHouse

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Past to present. Roses in the historic gardens at Vaucluse House in layout #sydneylivingmuseums #vauclusehousegardens #vauclusehouse #layoutapp #thegardenseries #historicgardens #roses

Past to present. Roses in the historic gardens at Vaucluse House in layout #sydneylivingmuseums #vauclusehousegardens #vauclusehouse #layoutapp #thegardenseries #historicgardens #roses

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