Open today

 
10am–4pm

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

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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The Latest At Vaucluse House

Witches hats outlining area of work with cut branch sections in small trailer.

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Caught in the nick of time at Vaucluse HouseThursday 7 September 2017

After a couple of weeks of unusually strong winds through the valley at Vaucluse House, eagle-eyed staff yesterday afternoon spotted a hairline crack at the junction of a large, horizontal branch with the trunk of the established jacaranda tree in the service courtyard.

The Wisteria starting to bloom on the veranda of Vaucluse House

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Wisteria watch at Vaucluse HouseFriday 1 September 2017

It's a perennial question at Vaucluse House around this time of year - when will the wisteria be in bloom?

Woman in stall decorated with colourful bunting.

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Sumptuous seasonal delightsTuesday 29 August 2017

The arrival of spring heralds the return of two popular food-related festivals, as well as two exclusive events in our Colonial Gastronomy series.

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.

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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.