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