The beautifully refurbished drawing room, new orientation room together with a self-guided audio tour are just some of the many reasons to visit Vaucluse House this autumn.

Experience a brilliant interpretation of the site’s story in the newly developed orientation room; from its enduring Aboriginal connections to its ownership by Sir Henry Browne Hayes, its occupation by the Wentworth family, and finally the creation of a museum. Treasures from the collection, interpretive panels and immersive audiovisual components take you through the estate’s diverse and fascinating history.

Originally built and furnished in the 1840s, the drawing room has been refurbished to reflect the lavish interiors enjoyed by Sarah and William Charles Wentworth. Uncover the elaborate window furnishings and  reupholstered furniture, all  covered in crimson silk damask and decorated with passementeries or trimmings  - bullion fringe, tassels, ropes, macarons. The room has been lovingly restored using traditional techniques and materials, with finishing touches hand-applied by our very own Soft Furnishings Volunteers.

Introducing you to these cleverly restored spaces is a new self-guided audio tour that unlocks intimate family tales and sheds fresh light on what it felt like to live and work at Vaucluse House in the first half of the 19th century. The audio tour brings to life the story of the house and its leading characters, breathing drama and personal detail into the formerly quiet and still interiors. 

All new experiences are free with house admission.

Visit Vaucluse House.

Learn more about the refurbishment project.

Curator Joanna Nicholas writes about how these two significant projects have come to fruition at Vaucluse House.