The 325 bus, which runs from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, stops outside our gates. But if you’re coming from the city, the quickest way is to catch the train to Edgecliff train station on the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line, and then take bus 325 from there. The bus trip from Edgecliff takes about 20 minutes.
You can also take bus 324 (from the City or Edgecliff) to Vaucluse shops, and then it’s a 10-minute walk down a signposted public walkway to Vaucluse House.
From the Watson’s Bay ferry terminal, Vaucluse House is about 7 minutes on the 325 bus, or a 30-minute walk, about 2km along the shoreline via Parsley Bay.
There is free parking in the grounds from 7am to 5pm. See below for drop-off and parking arrangements for people with disabilities.
This is a popular area for cyclists, but note that coming from the CBD involves riding up the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’ of New South Head Road. We have signposted bike racks in the car park where you can chain your bike.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Next Open Friday 22 August
Open Friday to Sunday 11AM - 4PM
Admission charges apply
Open daily during NSW public school holidays
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Please note: Due to renovation works the Principal Bedroom will be inaccessible from Tuesday 10 June to Sunday 29 June 2014.
Explore the house on your own or join one of our fun and friendly guided tours. Tours depart from the shop/reception area at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Groups of 10 or more wanting a guided tour need to book. Group tours can also be arranged for other days (Mondays to Thursdays). Call +61 2 9388 7922 or visit our Groups page for more information.
Vaucluse House runs education programs for primary and secondary students, and other education groups by appointment. See below for details.
Food and Drink
Relax into the style and grace of the 1920s in our famous garden tearooms. For coffee or brunch, a light lunch or a decadent high tea, our menu features the very best seasonal produce,where possible handpicked from the kitchen gardens here on the Vaucluse House estate. The tearooms can also be booked for private functions.
Find heirloom vegetables in the kitchen garden that for many years has supplied fresh produce to the Vaucluse House kitchens.
Venture down to the cellar and find hooks that were once used for hanging salted and cured meats.
Walk to the mausoleum built for William Charles Wentworth so he could ‘rest together’ with his family in their much loved estate.
Hungry? Visit the Vaucluse House Tearooms for our famously delicious high tea.
Delight your senses as you take a stroll through Sarah Wentworth’s Pleasure Garden.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
There’s more than 10 hectares of gardens to explore, from the waterfall in the Southern Paddock to the Beach Paddock in the north. You can say hello to our friendly animals – Caspar and Pan the goats – and to our various chickens and ducks.
There’s plenty to do inside the house as well – 10 children lived here with their parents Sarah and William Wentworth in the 1830s and ’40s. Explore their grand house with its many staircases, visit the nursery to see what toys the Wentworth children would have played with, and hunt for the hidden toilet in each bedroom!
There are baby change facilities in the toilets near the stables.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Inside the house
All umbrellas and bags over handbag size must be cloaked.
Strollers are not allowed in the main house, but can be left at reception.
Professional camera equipment, including tripods, lighting etc, must be left at reception unless you have organised permission beforehand.
In the gardens
Wear enclosed shoes if you’re keen on exploring the gardens and grounds to their full extent.
Bring a hat and sunscreen as it’s easy to spend many hours in the gardens – and bring a picnic to enjoy.
Please feel free to call before your visit or ask at
the reception desk for any assistance you may need.
Visitors with limited mobility can be dropped off at the house entrance via the Olola Avenue entrance, but vehicles must be parked in the main carpark. There are car spaces for people with disabilities. Accessible toilets are located behind the stables.
The ground floor of Vaucluse House is accessible by wheelchair, with ramps provided over some raised entrances. The first and second floors can only be accessed by stair (approx 35 stairs) and the top floor by a further 10 stairs. The cellar is down a flight of steep, stone stairs. For visitors who are unable to directly access these areas, folders with captioned images are provided.
Note that due to the uneven ground, much of the gardens can be difficult to access by wheelchair or for those with limited mobility.
We are always happy to try and accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on +61 2 9388 7922.
HEARING & VISION
Information in large-print and braille is available from the reception desk.
Our curriculum-linked programs for primary and secondary students focus on the house within its estate setting, including the kitchen garden, to explore what life was like inside one of the colony’s leading families in the 1800s. Tours and programs for tertiary and adult education groups can be booked by appointment.
There’s something for everyone at our vintage-inspired gift shop, situated opposite the Vaucluse House stables and a great way to finish off a visit to this beautiful property.
We have a huge range of books for sale: for the kids there’s a large selection of children’s titles and for adults, we specialise in garden and lifestyle titles as well as stocking a range of fiction and non-fiction.
There’s also a great selection of souvenirs, ranging from bookmarks to limited edition prints, gardening supplies and a range of specialty giftware.
Set in 10ha of picturesque grounds and gardens that stretch down to the water’s edge but still within easy reach of the CBD, the Vaucluse House estate with its beautiful sandstone mansion and delightful tearooms is the perfect venue for lunches, cocktail parties, dinners or special events for 20–120 people. Vaucluse House’s scenic setting also makes it a highly desirable location for wedding ceremonies, receptions and photography.