Next open Wednesday 19 May

10am–4pm

Open on Sundays for Narcissus Garden until Sun 23 May.

Entry

Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $12 
Family  | $38 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

*2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Address

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Phone

House: 02 9388 7922
Restaurant: 02 9388 8188

In line with the latest public health advice, Sydney Living Museums advises that wearing masks is no longer mandatory for visitors to our museums and historic houses, however is recommended. Read more about our COVID-19 Conditions of Entry. Please note: four properties remain closed, some due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, while at others we have taken the opportunity to undertake conservation work and develop new audience offers. Subscribe to our eNews or check our property pages for current opening days and times.

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

Find out More About Vaucluse House

 

The latest at Vaucluse House

Looking over a pair of sandstone turrets towards treetops and garden.

Conservation

Conservation in Action: Vaucluse House turrets completeFriday 19 March 2021

After an extraordinary few months we have completed the re-construction of the stone turrets at Vaucluse House.

Meroogal

School holidays

Autumn School Holidays: opening hoursTuesday 9 March 2021

Boy and girl laying on grass wearing bunny ears

Children & Family

Celebrate Easter with usTuesday 23 February 2021

A group of reflecting mirrored balls.

Media release

Reflections on IdentityThursday 4 February 2021

White text on red background: Year in review 2020

New online

Year in review: 2020Wednesday 3 February 2021

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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.