Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 05 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.

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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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.

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Events

School Holiday HoursWednesday 27 August 2014

Deliciously tempting cakes displayed in a high tea setting

Venues

The Colonial High Tea Series Wednesday 30 July 2014

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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.

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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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Tuesday 02 September 2014 - Thursday 02 October 2014

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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