Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 07 August

 
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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Hip Hip Hooray for horses!Friday 31 July 2015

With the approach of the Horses' Birthday this weekend, we're turning the spotlight on all things equine at Vaucluse House.

Row of jars of different sizes and colours.

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Pickling Pièce de RésistanceFriday 24 July 2015

If you have a very keen eye, and have visited Vaucluse House in the past few months, you may have noticed something suspicious going on in our kitchen; the pickles are proliferating!This week saw the conclusion...

Closeup of kookburra showing wing patch.

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Perfect Weather (For Some) at Vaucluse HouseFriday 17 July 2015

A week of cold, wet and windy conditions may not seem ideal to many Sydney-siders, but at Vaucluse House it's just what the doctor ordered for some of our native plants and animals.

Two felt puppets, representing female and male getting married.

Children & Family

Family fun for everyone at Vaucluse HouseFriday 3 July 2015

Whether you’re interested in crafting complex characters or foodie farmyard foraging, or simply an engaging day out with the family, Vaucluse House has something for everyone.

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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.

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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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"They are all doing what they are doing because that is what they are meant to do. They wake up to sound the same, feel the same, and look the same. And when they are asleep, they are dreaming the same too. But you are something different. Something beyond the daily life. You wake up before the sun rises and birth this violent poetry. But that is your life, not theirs. Everything you do is too real, too human, and you could care less of the bullshit people bring. You are your own killer, but you have not killed yourself just yet." R.M. Drake

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"They are all doing what they are doing because that is what they are meant to do. They wake up to sound the same, feel the same, and look the same. And when they are asleep, they are dreaming the same too. But you are something different. Something beyond the daily life. You wake up before the sun rises and birth this violent poetry. But that is your life, not theirs. Everything you do is too real, too human, and you could care less of the bullshit people bring. You are your own killer, but you have not killed yourself just yet." R.M. Drake #VaucluseHouse #Sydney #Australia #LifeWellTravelled #Vacation #Travel #Nature

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#vauclusehouse #100years @sydlivmus

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Magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia) in full bloom in the pleasure garden at Vaucluse House #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #magnoliadenudata

Magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia) in full bloom in the pleasure garden at Vaucluse House #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #magnoliadenudata

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We’re so excited about our upcoming Honesty Box exhibition that we thought we’d throw back to another great event, the launch of our major rebrand in July 2013 with @masterchefau @liawadam Adam Liaw #VaucluseHouse. Photo by Sarah Rhodes
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We’re so excited about our upcoming Honesty Box exhibition that we thought we’d throw back to another great event, the launch of our major rebrand in July 2013 with @masterchefau @liawadam Adam Liaw #VaucluseHouse. Photo by Sarah Rhodes #Beerenberg #BeerenbergFarm #tbt #throwback #throwbackthursday #events #styling

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As Kath & Kim would say..... It's Noice, It's Different, It's Unusual, but I do love that kind of metallic blue colour #SLMgardens #thegardenseries #strelitzia #birdofparadise #historicgardens #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus #botanicalphotography #thebotanicalseries

As Kath & Kim would say..... It's Noice, It's Different, It's Unusual, but I do love that kind of metallic blue colour #SLMgardens #thegardenseries #strelitzia #birdofparadise #historicgardens #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus #botanicalphotography #thebotanicalseries

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Last Wednesday in July #itsamoodywednesday @jocelynhefner @stilzitat #vauclusehouse #sydlivmus #sydneylivingmuseums #sydneyhistory #sydneyeasternsuburbs #botanicalphotography #historichouses #botanicalart

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Shutter detail #vauclusehouse #sydneyhistory #sydneylivingmuseums #sydlivmus #historichouses #sydneyeasternsuburbs

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Yeah, I'd say that typifies the 19th century child pretty well. #vauclusehouse

Yeah, I'd say that typifies the 19th century child pretty well. #vauclusehouse

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#magnolia #vauclusehouse @sydlivmus

#magnolia #vauclusehouse @sydlivmus

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