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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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'.

Pleasant green lawn sweeping down to garden beds.

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Community consultation on new Plan of ManagementWednesday 15 October 2014

As we develop principles for the ongoing sustainable management of the Vaucluse House estate we invite you to contribute your ideas and feedback about the current and future use of the house and estate.

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

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Artist-in-residence at Vaucluse HouseWednesday 17 September 2014

During the September school holidays Vaucluse House will be hosting an artist-in-residence - Andrei Davidoff, a contemporary ceramic artist from Melbourne.

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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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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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Shooting at the beautiful Vaucluse House today! ❤ #vaucluse #vauclusehouse #trees #shoots #shooting #modelling #love #Sydney #sunshine #beautiful

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Philadelphus coronarius (Mock Orange) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House...once described by John Gerard in his 1597 Herball thus: 'Its white flowers are too sweet, troubling and molesting the head in a very strange manner' #sydlivmus
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Philadelphus coronarius (Mock Orange) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House...once described by John Gerard in his 1597 Herball thus: 'Its white flowers are too sweet, troubling and molesting the head in a very strange manner' #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #philadelphuscoronarius

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Making pickled things for display at Vaucluse house kitchen. #vauclusehouse

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