Visit Vaucluse House

Getting here

Address

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Phone

House

+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: http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/plan-my-trip

Ferry

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

Parking

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

Cycling

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

Open today

Hours

House

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am–4pm

Admission charges apply
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day

Gardens

Open daily, 24 hours

Admission free

Estate Vaucluse House (previously Vaucluse House Tearooms)

Estate Vaucluse is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 9am-4pm under the current government guidelines for patron numbers. Bookings essential. Find out more: estatevauclusehouse.com.au

Admission

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

Pre-book your tickets:

To manage capacity within the house museum, visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online before their visit.

Please read our important COVID-19 conditions of entry before booking your tickets.

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Tours & groups

Self-guided tours

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


 

Accessibility

Mobility

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, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. Please call ahead  on +61 2 9388 7922.

Food & drink

Estate Vaucluse House 

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, high tea and takeaway options with free on-site parking. 

Opening hours:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm

For enquiries, please use the below details:

T +61 2 9388 8188 (Enquiries & Reservations)

T +61 2 8338 0266 (Private Function Enquiries)

reservations@pearlcatering.com.au

Book online

 

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

Vaucluse House is open for hire in line with NSW Government COVID-19 requirements. For venue hire inquiries, please contact the Venues Team at: venues@slm.com.au

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Other information

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.

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.

Shop

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

  • Due to current NSW public health guidelines, rooms have limited capacity under the four square metre rule.
  • 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