Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 19 September

 
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.

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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Venues

Colonial High TeaWednesday 27 August 2014

This Spring, we at Sydney Living Museums and Fresh Catering invite you to transport your taste buds back in time over five special weekends at three very special museums, commencing this Father's Day weekend.

Events

School Holiday HoursWednesday 27 August 2014

Venues

The Colonial High Tea Series Wednesday 30 July 2014

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.

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 ...

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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 7 Days
Wednesday 17 September 2014 - Wednesday 24 September 2014

Mon 22, Fri 26, Mon 29 Sep & Fri 3 Oct 2014, 11am-1pm
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Tue 23, Wed 24, Thu 25, Tue 30 Sep & Wed 1 Oct 2014, 11am-2pm
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Tue 23, Wed 24, Thu 25, Tue 30 Sep & Wed 1 Oct 2014, 11am-2pm
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Next 30 Days
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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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Edible flowers at Vaucluse House#saywhat#canweactuallyeatthem#tryintopoisonus#peppery#nofilter#vauclusehouse#flowers#springtime

Edible flowers at Vaucluse House#saywhat#canweactuallyeatthem#tryintopoisonus#peppery#nofilter#vauclusehouse#flowers#springtime

1 hour 6 min
Gorgeous new Australian native bird hanging decorations in the shop at @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #rosella #galah #lorikeet #kookaburra

Gorgeous new Australian native bird hanging decorations in the shop at @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #rosella #galah #lorikeet #kookaburra

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Buddleja salviifolia (so named because if its sage like foliage) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #historichouses #historicgardens #buddlejasalviifolia

Buddleja salviifolia (so named because if its sage like foliage) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #historichouses #historicgardens #buddlejasalviifolia

2 days 19 hours
Watsonia borbonica (Cape Bugle Lily) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #historichouses #historicgardens #watsoniaborbonica #capebuglelily

Watsonia borbonica (Cape Bugle Lily) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #pleasuregarden #historichouses #historicgardens #watsoniaborbonica #capebuglelily

2 days 20 hours
It must be September at Vaucluse House!.....The Wisteria is here #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #wisteria #historichouses #historicgardens #springflowers

It must be September at Vaucluse House!.....The Wisteria is here #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #wisteria #historichouses #historicgardens #springflowers

2 days 21 hours
Wisteria hysteria at #VaucluseHouse

Wisteria hysteria at #VaucluseHouse

3 days 17 hours
The wisteria blooms at #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus

The wisteria blooms at #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus

4 days 15 hours
It might be a cloudy day but our rhododendron has lit up all that beholds it, in this corner of the Vaucluse House Estate.....I may be wrong but I think it's the best it's ever been #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #historichouses #historichouses #rhododendron #springflowers

It might be a cloudy day but our rhododendron has lit up all that beholds it, in this corner of the Vaucluse House Estate.....I may be wrong but I think it's the best it's ever been #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #historichouses #historichouses #rhododendron #springflowers

4 days 23 hours
Wayne & Emma | Sydney, July 2014 #wedding #sydneywedding #vauclusehouse #vauclusehousewedding #bride #groom #couple #vintagewedding

Wayne & Emma | Sydney, July 2014 #wedding #sydneywedding #vauclusehouse #vauclusehousewedding #bride #groom #couple #vintagewedding

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Bride & Mother of the bride | Sydney, July 2014 #wedding #bride #ring #weddingring #flowers #vauclusehouse #vintagewedding #vauclusehousewedding

Bride & Mother of the bride | Sydney, July 2014 #wedding #bride #ring #weddingring #flowers #vauclusehouse #vintagewedding #vauclusehousewedding

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