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Please note: Conservation work in certain areas of house from 7 February.


Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge


Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030


House: 02 9388 7922
Tearooms: 02 9388 8188
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A spectacular refurbishment, new immersive experiences and self-guided audio tour; get closer than ever to the fascinating story of Vaucluse House. Find out more.

Watercolour painting of front of house and garden viewed from the north-east. Vaucluse, near Sydney Sept' 12 1874 by Frederick Leycester Fisher, 1874.

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering 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. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. The grounds were extended and flourished to cover most of the present-day suburb of Vaucluse but the main house of the family’s dreams was left unfinished. 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

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The Latest At Vaucluse House

Detail of long hall with furnishings and newly painted walls.

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Update on Vaucluse House conservation worksThursday 1 March 2018

After several busy weeks at Vaucluse House, we have moved into the next phase of our conservation works.

Conservation works photo.

Vaucluse House

Conservation underway at Vaucluse HouseTuesday 6 February 2018

An exciting renovation and conservation program is being undertaken from Wednesday 7 February through to mid-March inside state-listed Vaucluse House.

Cropped black and white photo of woman in mutton-chop sleeves with hands behind her head in a cane chair outdoors.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesWednesday 7 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've brought together some of the stories of the lives of women associated with our houses, our exhibitions and our collections.

Woman in gardening gear talking to two kids in garden setting.

School holidays

Summer school holiday opening hoursWednesday 6 December 2017

Fitzwilliam's room, Vaucluse House (detail).


From behind closed doors: Vaucluse HouseThursday 23 November 2017

This Spring, we were busy working on the re-opening of the Fitzwilliam’s room at Vaucluse House.It was all hands on deck as our team, with the assistance of our trusty specialist removalists, reinstated the...

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The gardens and grounds at Vaucluse House are part of a grand and romantic vision of landscape, preserved in Sydney’s best-surviving mid-1800s estate. Discover the splendid pleasure garden, Victorian kitchen garden and idyllic natural setting on the edge of Sydney Harbour.

Stories from Vaucluse House

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Some of those who gathered for William Charles Wentworth’s funeral in 1873 imagined that one day the mausoleum at Vaucluse House would become a place of pilgrimage for Australians. Find out why.