How Does Your Garden Grow?


Vaucluse House Excursion Information
How Does Your Garden Grow - pre visit activity.pdf
How Does Your Garden Grow - schedule and information for teachers.pdf
Risk Assessment: Vaucluse House

Please note: Offered in Terms 1 & 3. Enquires for Term 1, 2022 now available.

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes presenter led program followed by 1 hour 30 minutes teacher supervised game playing
Session Offered
Monday to Thursday
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 $12.

About the program

Students investigate how food is grown, discuss healthy food choices and play 19th-century games within the inspiring surroundings of a historic working estate and its lush gardens.

In the kitchen garden students learn about the life cycle of domestic food plants and gain first-hand experience of cultivation by planting a seed, to take home with them. These experiences are complemented by a short walk to discover some of the ways the local Aboriginal people sourced their food and cared for the land.

In the colonial kitchen students are encouraged to think about healthy food choices and then move to the Wentworth family's sumptuous dining room to to examine a dinner-party menu from 1851.

The teacher-led section of the program includes a walk to the waterfall and playing 19th-century games such as croquet, cup and ball, skittles, hoops and quoits.

Cost scale

Up to 20 Students: $200
Up to 40 Students: $385
Up to 60 Students: $575

Confirmation, payment & cancellation

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing. 

Curriculum links

Stage 1 History 

The Past in the Present

Key inquiry questions:

  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Stage 1 Science and Technology

ST1-10LW Describes external features, changes in and growth of living things

ST1-11LW Describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things

Stage 1 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

ALS1.6 Participates in physical activity, recognising that it can be both enjoyable and important for health

PHS1.12 Recognises that positive health choices can promote wellbeing

Complementary programs: Child's Play

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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Booking Contact

Vaucluse House

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