Visit Vaucluse House

Getting here


Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030



+61 2 9388 7922

Estate Vaucluse House (previously Vaucluse House Tearooms)

+61 2 9388 8188

By public transport

We are located about 10km east of the Sydney CBD.

Bus & train

The 325 bus from Sydney CBD and Edgecliff station stops outside our gates. The bus trip from Edgecliff station takes about 20 minutes.

You can also take bus 324 (from Sydney CBD or Edgecliff) to Vaucluse shops, and then it’s a 10-minute walk down a signposted public walkway to Vaucluse House.

Routes 324 and 325 operate to and from Barangaroo and Walsh Bay. Buses will operate as normal to and from Hyde Park, then via Druitt Street, Kent Street, Napoleon Street and Hickson Road to Walsh Bay.

These services no longer operate to St James, Martin Place or Circular Quay. You can change at the corner of Park and Elizabeth streets for buses to Circular Quay, or alight at the corner of Park and George streets for trains at Town Hall.

For further details and to plan your trip, visit:


From the Watson’s Bay ferry terminal, Vaucluse House is about 7 minutes on the 325 bus, or a 30-minute walk, about 2km along the shoreline via Parsley Bay.

For up-to-date timetables or to find the quickest public transport routes visit the Transport Infoline or call 131500.

By road


There is free parking in the grounds from 7am to 5pm. See below for drop-off and parking arrangements for people with disabilities.


This is a popular area for cyclists, but note that coming from the CBD involves riding up the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’ of New South Head Road. We have signposted bike racks in the car park where you can chain your bike.

Hours & admission

Vaucluse House will be closed until further notice.
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Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am–4pm

Admission charges apply

Open daily 10am – 4pm during NSW public school holidays
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day


Open daily, 24 hours

Admission free

Estate Vaucluse House (previously Vaucluse House Tearooms)

Estate Vaucluse House is temporarily closed in line with the decisions made by the NSW Government to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. Find out more about our COVID-19 response here.

In response to recent developments with COVID-19, Sydney Living Museums is closing all historic houses and museums effective Tuesday 24 March until further notice. 

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Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $12 
Family*  | $38 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 3 years  | Free of charge

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

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Tours & groups

Self-guided visits and guided tours

Guided tours

Join one of our fun and friendly guided tours departing from reception every hour, on the hour, from 10am-3pm.

Self-guided tours

Pick up your self-guided audio tour from reception and explore the site at your own pace.

Printed guides

We also provide printed guides to the house in the following languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese and Spanish.

Gold Key Tours

An exclusive personalised tour of Vaucluse House, giving you access to areas of the house and grounds usually off-limits to the public. Available seven days a week. Bookings essential.

Find out more about Gold Key Tours.

Group bookings

We offer a range of tour options for groups of 10 or more and recommend booking in advance. Please visit our Groups page to find out about our various tours and how to book. 

School bookings

Vaucluse House runs education programs for primary and secondary students, and other education groups by appointment. Find out more about Education at Vaucluse House.

Vacation care group bookings

Sydney Living Museums offers tailored vacation care programs at a number of our properties, including Vaucluse House. Find out more about what's available for vacation care groups at Vaucluse House.




Visitors with limited mobility can be dropped off at the house entrance via the Olola Avenue entrance, but vehicles must be parked in the main carpark. There are car spaces for people with disabilities. Accessible toilets are located behind the stables.

The ground floor of Vaucluse House is accessible by people with wheelchairs, with ramps provided over some raised entrances. The first and second floors can only be accessed by stair (approx 35 stairs) and the top floor by a further 10 stairs. The cellar is down a flight of steep, stone stairs. For visitors who are unable to directly access these areas, folders with captioned images are provided.

Note that due to the uneven ground, much of the gardens can be difficult to access for those with limited mobility.


We are always happy to try and accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on +61 2 9388 7922.

Hearing & vision

Information in large-print and braille is available from the reception desk.

Food & drink

The elegant Estate (Previously Vaucluse House Tearooms) is the ultimate dining and event experience. Enjoy a menu that blends the style and grace of the art deco surrounds with the very best seasonal produce and fresh hand-picked ingredients from the Vaucluse House Kitchen Garden. Open breakfast, coffee, lunch and high tea with free on-site parking. The fully licensed venue also offers exclusive private dining for up to 120 guests.

Estate Vaucluse House is temporarily closed in line with the decisions made by the NSW Government to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. Find out more about our COVID-19 response here.

Venue hire

Set in 10ha of picturesque grounds and gardens that stretch down to the water’s edge but still within easy reach of the CBD, the Vaucluse House estate with its beautiful sandstone mansion and delightful tearooms is the perfect venue for lunches and special events for 20–120 people. Vaucluse House’s scenic setting also makes it a highly desirable location for wedding ceremonies and photography.

Bookings & inquiries

All bookings for Sydney Living Museums venues have been suspended until further notice. For venue hire inquiries, please contact the Venues Team at:

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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Children & families

There’s more than 10 hectares of gardens to explore, from the waterfall in the Southern Paddock to the Beach Paddock in the north. You can say hello to our friendly animals – Caspar and Pan the goats – and to our various chickens and ducks.

There’s plenty to do inside the house as well – 10 children lived here with their parents Sarah and William Wentworth in the 1830s and ’40s. Explore their grand house with its many staircases, visit the nursery to see what toys the Wentworth children would have played with, and hunt for the hidden toilet in each bedroom!

There are baby change facilities in the toilets near the stables.

We offer a range of family friendly tours and activities during school holidays. Find out more on our Things to do at Vaucluse House page.


There’s something for everyone at our vintage-inspired gift shop, situated opposite the Vaucluse House stables and a great way to finish off a visit to this beautiful property.

We have a huge range of books for sale: for the kids there’s a large selection of children’s titles and for adults, we specialise in garden and lifestyle titles as well as stocking a range of fiction and non-fiction.

There’s also a great selection of souvenirs, ranging from bookmarks to limited edition prints, gardening supplies and a range of specialty giftware.

Things to remember

Inside the house

  • All umbrellas and bags over handbag size must be cloaked.
  • Strollers are not allowed in the main house, but can be left at reception.
  • Professional camera equipment, including tripods, lighting etc, must be left at reception unless you have organised permission beforehand.

In the gardens

  • Wear enclosed shoes if you’re keen on exploring the gardens and grounds to their full extent.
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen as it’s easy to spend many hours in the gardens – and bring a picnic to enjoy.

Customer Service Charter

Sydney Living Museums cares for 12 of the most important historic houses and museums in NSW on behalf of the people of NSW. Our vision is to create a living future for the past. Our mission is to cherish, protect and share our places and stories.

Please read our Customer Service Charter to learn more about our commitment to providing you with the best possible experience when you visit one of our museums and historic houses.

Photo © Haley Richardson & Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums