Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 01 August

 
11AM - 4PM
Please note: Due to renovation works the Principal Bedroom will be inaccessible from Tuesday 10 June to Sunday 29 June 2014.
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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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A group of colourfully dressed children running across a green lawn.

School holidays

Explore, navigate and more!Tuesday 22 July 2014

On two crispy winter mornings during the July school holidays, forty children and their carers navigated their way across Vaucluse House estate using compasses and clues.

Children with handmade hats

School holidays

Book now for school holiday funTuesday 3 June 2014

Discover hidden histories through play, craft and fun games these school holidays.Children can join ...

View from the carriageway at Elizabeth Farm

 

Winter school holiday opening hoursTuesday 3 June 2014

 Take advantage of our extended opening hours during the school holidays and explore our 12 museums and historic houses. ...

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Conservation

A lick of paint!Wednesday 28 May 2014

For the first time in thirty years, the Principal Bedroom at Vaucluse House is being repainted in colours to match the existing scheme.

Woman wearing red checked shirt in right foreground, with man in hat and blue vest in background, with colourful flowerbed in front.

Volunteers

Getting involvedWednesday 28 May 2014

Our volunteers roll up their sleeves to help our heritage flourish.

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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
Monday 28 July 2014 - Wednesday 27 August 2014

Wednesday 20 August
6PM – 7.30PM
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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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The estate of William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872), explorer, author, barrister, landowner, and statesman. Also the first man to cross the Blue Mountiains, which I coincidently hiked last week (refer to previous photo). 😉

The estate of William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872), explorer, author, barrister, landowner, and statesman. Also the first man to cross the Blue Mountiains, which I coincidently hiked last week (refer to previous photo). 😉

1 day 4 hours
Perks of the new job: picking flowers from the pleasure garden and arranging them in pretty vases. #booyah #museumlyf #VaucluseHouse

Perks of the new job: picking flowers from the pleasure garden and arranging them in pretty vases. #booyah #museumlyf #VaucluseHouse

2 days 20 hours
Words cannot describe how adorable these two are. My life is so much richer having had the blessing of photographing their wedding and witnessing their love. To see all the loveliness head on over to the blog. Link is in my profile. #wedding #leahkua #vauclusehouse #vauclusehousetearooms #neilsenpark

Words cannot describe how adorable these two are. My life is so much richer having had the blessing of photographing their wedding and witnessing their love. To see all the loveliness head on over to the blog. Link is in my profile. #wedding #leahkua #vauclusehouse #vauclusehousetearooms #neilsenpark

3 days 4 hours
#vauclusehouse #bee #lily #camomile #пчелка #полеваяромашка #flora #flowers #Australia

#vauclusehouse #bee #lily #camomile #пчелка #полеваяромашка #flora #flowers #Australia

4 days 3 hours
#tbt to my recent trip to #vauclusehouse - I bet the kitchen wasn't always as serene as this!

#tbt to my recent trip to #vauclusehouse - I bet the kitchen wasn't always as serene as this!

4 days 9 hours
#vauclusehouse #laundry #прачечная древняя отжималка белья

#vauclusehouse #laundry #прачечная древняя отжималка белья

5 days 5 hours
#vauclusehouse #stable #stall #конюшня #стойло

#vauclusehouse #stable #stall #конюшня #стойло

5 days 5 hours
#vauclusehouse #raven #ворон очень сложно их снимать, не подпускают

#vauclusehouse #raven #ворон очень сложно их снимать, не подпускают

5 days 6 hours
#vauclusehouse #house #Sydney

#vauclusehouse #house #Sydney

5 days 6 hours
#vauclusehouse #CucumisMetuliferus #Антильский #огурец #Дыня #Кивано #Рогатая #дыня #ангурия

#vauclusehouse #CucumisMetuliferus #Антильский #огурец #Дыня #Кивано #Рогатая #дыня #ангурия

6 days 18 hours