Vaucluse House. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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Entry

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

Address

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Phone

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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Videos

The Latest At Vaucluse House

Outdoor setting with raging creek in full flow.

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Tempests and Torrents at Vaucluse HouseWednesday 7 June 2017

Staff picking their way to Vaucluse House this morning between bouts of heavy rain were met with a novel sight.

Room with furnishings in it.

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Plaster remediation at Vaucluse HouseFriday 19 May 2017

For the next few weeks, the upper hall at Vaucluse House will look a bit like a Christo installation as we work to remediate plaster damage in Fitzwilliam’s room.

Rows of jars of pickles on shelves.

The Cook and the Curator

Marmalade: preserving the past at Vaucluse HouseThursday 20 April 2017

Drawing room looking from distance at table, chairs and drapes on windows.

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New at Vaucluse HouseThursday 30 March 2017

The beautifully refurbished drawing and orientation rooms and a new self-guided audio tour are just some of the many reasons to visit Vaucluse House this autumn.

Bobby Paton (nee Terry) in fancy dress, holding a Japanese fan

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Keeping coolTuesday 24 January 2017

Shading the face, fanning a fire into a blaze or cooling food, shooing away insects, conveying social status, even passing discreet romantic messages - the use of the fan goes far beyond the creation of a breeze.

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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.