Learn about the use of whale oil lamps, how candles were made, and how people entertained themselves in days gone by. Finish up with a glass of wine and nibbles in the colonial kitchen while quizzing the staff about anything you’ve always wanted to ask about the Wentworths or Vaucluse House.
Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the 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. Over five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum and continues to entice visitors to its lush and still secluded grounds. In 2015, Vaucluse House celebrated 100 years of being a museum.