Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

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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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Membership

Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 2015

Become a member today and help create childhood memories for tomorrow!

Girl in blue top and jeans carries an Easter basket through the grounds of Elizabeth Farm

Children & Family

Autumn School Holiday Opening HoursTuesday 17 March 2015

Head to our place this Easter for an exciting school holiday program set across our houses and museums.

People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

Urns sit on decorative table at Vaucluse House

 

Solitary ShadeTuesday 30 December 2014

As part of a long tradition of engaging with contemporary artists and craftspeople, Sydney Living Museums is delighted to have hosted ceramicist Andrei Davidoff as artist-in-residence.

Christmas tree with baubles and gold and red wrapped presents, at the Vaucluse House drawing room

 

Deck the Halls – Christmas at Vaucluse House Wednesday 24 December 2014

The Drawing Room at Vaucluse House with its enormously high ceilings and bay windows cries out for a big Christmas tree and thanks to the Forestry Corporation of NSW, we have a beauty!

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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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Saturday 25 April 2015 - Monday 25 May 2015

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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Fuchsia boliviana alba in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House...the side-on, pendulous version #vauclusehouse #fuchsiabolivianaalba  #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

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Fuchsia boliviana alba (from underneath) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #fuchsiabolivianaalba #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

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The Vaucluse Estate creek running into Vaucluse Bay #vauclusehouse @sydlivmus

The Vaucluse Estate creek running into Vaucluse Bay #vauclusehouse @sydlivmus

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