Pickled, Potted and Preserved


Vaucluse House Excursion Information
Risk Assessment: Vaucluse House

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
Up to $430 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
3 hours including bush food walk
Session Offered
Monday - Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $8.

About the program

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and bushland. Using the historic estate, students will investigate food choices and practises in colonial and pre-colonial times and learn and apply the principles of food preservation.

Students discuss their favourite foods and the factors underlying food availability and preferences. They taste a variety of bush foods growing around the edge of the valley and learn about the traditional diet of the Gadigal clan. Working in groups, they explore the 19th-century kitchen garden and discuss seasonal eating and how they might prepare or preserve the fresh produce they find. They learn the key factors that influence food spoilage and methods for controlling them, and put that knowledge into practice as they preserve lemons in the colonial kitchen and make butter in the dairy.

A tour of the house follows the path taken by food produced on the estate through the service areas and into the Wentworths’ formal dining room. Along the way students learn about 19th-century technologies for keeping food cool and maintaining food hygiene. In the Wentworths’ sumptuous formal dining room, they examine a 33-course banquet menu, assess its nutritional balance and discuss the impact of food availability.

Cost scale

Up to 20 students: $430
Additional students: $21.50 per student

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211
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Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211