Vaucluse House
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Next Open Friday 03 July

 
11AM - 4PM
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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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Children in convict garb look at a display at the Hyde Park Barracks Museums

Children & Family

Winter holiday opening hoursTuesday 9 June 2015

Book the kids in for a winter adventure at our place these school holidays. There’s a heap to see and do, and with extended trading hours at many of our properties, much more time to do it.

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.

View uphill across lawn covered in hail stones, surrounding an ornate fountain, with single story yellow mansion with large verandah and leafy garden behind.

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Back From The BrinkMonday 15 June 2015

Violent storms with hail and wild, squally winds are common in Sydney. But nothing could have prepared us for this.

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Vaucluse House

Right twice a dayThursday 11 June 2015

We had an exciting opportunity at Vaucluse House this week to document a sight rarely seen...... the internal workings of the Assyrian Revival clock, which graces our Breakfast Room mantelpiece.Suffering a...

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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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Tuesday 30 June 2015

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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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Afternoon soccer fun @ Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #soccer #kidssoccer #kids #exercise #kidstergram #insta3yearsold #greenery #outdoors

Afternoon soccer fun @ Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #soccer #kidssoccer #kids #exercise #kidstergram #insta3yearsold #greenery #outdoors

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View of Vaucluse House from the cherry picker #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

View of Vaucluse House from the cherry picker #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

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I went to visit 'Gary the goat' yesterday #wecallhimgary #heisashe #garythegoat #vauclusehouse #goat #gary #afternoonfun #familyouting #animal #kidstergram #insta3yearsold

I went to visit 'Gary the goat' yesterday #wecallhimgary #heisashe #garythegoat #vauclusehouse #goat #gary #afternoonfun #familyouting #animal #kidstergram #insta3yearsold

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beauty. i love celebrating with my clients. #vauclusehouse #vauclusehousetearooms #vauclusehousechristening

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Petit week end dans le Vaucluse

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Petit week end dans le Vaucluse #calme#repos#fromFrance#Vauclusehouse#likeforlike#serenity#father'shouse#rich

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Monolith #blue #castle #vauclusehouse #sydney #saturday #repunzel #architecture #building

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Daddy and daughter @tamara_kolevski #family #vauclusehouse

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Best. Day. Ever. #weddingday #vauclusehouse #happiness #victorcarrigalphotography

Best. Day. Ever. #weddingday #vauclusehouse #happiness #victorcarrigalphotography

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Now that midwinter is here, the camellias at Vaucluse House are putting on a glorious show #SLMgardens #VaucluseHouse 
Photo Anita Rayner © Sydney Living Museums

Now that midwinter is here, the camellias at Vaucluse House are putting on a glorious show #SLMgardens #VaucluseHouse Photo Anita Rayner © Sydney Living Museums

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