Did you know that the grounds of Vaucluse House almost became a zoo? This January, we imagine what could have been if the animals took up residence.

Spot the playful animal illustrations, go wild and get creative in our activity hub, and try to identify the animal sounds in the pleasure garden. Plus, book into one of our Zoo Talks with Taronga Zoo or join the Procession of the Animals in Erth’s Marvellous Menagerie puppetry workshop. 

These activities take place outdoors with limited capacity. 

What's on

Animals on parade

13–30 January, Vaucluse House gardens, free event

Playfully illustrated by artist Ollie Davis, the zoo animals have found their way to Vaucluse House! See how many you can spot in the garden.  

Zoo sounds

13–30 January (Thurs–Sun, 10am–4pm), Pleasure garden, free event

Journey through the pleasure garden and listen for the call of the wild! Can you identify the animals in our imaginary zoo?  

Drop-in kids activity hub

13–30 January, (Thurs–Sun, 10am–4pm), Stables, free event

Create your own animal headband and join the parade! Pick an animal face, mix and match animal features, decorate and go wild! 

Zoo Talks with Taronga Zoo

13, 14, 20 & 21 January (11–11.30am & 1–1.30pm), Service courtyard, included with museum admission (free for members)

Hear fun animal facts and surprising stories with a Taronga Zoo educator. Come with questions you're roaring to ask! Book your museum tickets

Erth puppetry workshops

20 January, 12–1pm & 21 January, 10–11am, Vaucluse House, $25 per child (20% discount for members)

Children will learn to operate a range of puppets guided by Erth puppeteers and bring a menagerie of creatures to life that will culminate in a Procession of the Animals. Book tickets

Visit Vaucluse House

Thursdays – Sundays, 10am–4pm, museum admission applies (free for members)

Explore historic Vaucluse House and imagine what it would have been like to live there. Book your museum tickets

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, members, staff and volunteers remain our priority, and hand sanitisers remain available for your convenience. We look forward to seeing you soon.


When & where

13–30 January 2022

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
House: 02 9388 7922
Restaurant: 02 9388 8188

Talks & Workshops

  • Zoo Talks with Taronga Zoo

    13, 14, 20 & 21 January, 11–11.30am & 1–1.30pm, service courtyard

    Hear fun animal facts and surprising stories at our Zoo Talks program, led by an educator from Taronga Zoo. You’ll learn how zoo animals are safely moved from place to place, hear about animal eating and sleeping habits, and discover why you’ll never see a live snake at Vaucluse House! Come along with any questions you’re roaring to ask about zoo animals.

    This talk takes place outdoors.  

    Included with museum entry (free for members). Limited capacity, bookings essential.

    Book now

  • Erth’s Marvellous Menagerie puppetry workshop

    Thursday 20 January, 12–1pm, Friday 21 January, 10–11am, stables

    Kids will love this workshop with puppeteers from Erth, the much-loved makers of innovative and challenging theatre for young audiences. Learn to operate a range of puppets as we bring Erth’s menagerie of marvellous creatures to life in this puppetry and performance workshop that will culminate in a Procession of the Animals!

    This workshop takes place outdoors. 

    $25 per child (20% discount for members). Limited capacity, bookings essential. Includes museum entry.

    Book now



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