Vaucluse house is a historic 19th century estate located in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse which is named after the house. It is about a 30 minute bus ride from central Sydney. The property was acquired by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales in 1981 at which point it underwent major refurbishing to restore both the interior and exterior of the house, outbuildings and grounds as close as possible to their original setting.
The first structure built on the location was a farm cottage built by Sir Henry Brown Hayes back in 1805 when the Governer insisted he live well out from the city due to his reputation as a troublemaker. The buildings you see today were constructed over a 25 year period beginning when wealthy statesman William Charles Wentworth purchased the property with his wife back in 1827. Vaucluse House was added onto at different times over the 25 years resulting in a mix of styles although the predominant architecture could be described as Gothic Revival. Wentworth also expanded the size of the estate to 515 acres.
In the 1850s the Wentworths travelled around the continent and acquired a collection of art and furniture, much of which is still on display in the house today.
In 1911 Vaucluse House and the immediate surroundings where purchased by the NSW government and a 28 acre park was created in honour of Wentworth. Beginning in 1920 the public was given access to the house and the grounds.
If you would like to explore a little bit of history and get a break from the busy city Vaucluse House is a great place to visit.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Vaucluse HouseFee: Yes
May differ on holidays
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: 69A Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030, Australia
Phone: (02) 9388 7922
Official Website: Vaucluse House
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This historic home and its grounds can be visited for free. It’s the former home of the Wentworths who originally owned a large area of the land in Vaucluse. If you visit here, make sure you walk through and enjoy the large yard. Access to the historic home is via an entry located at the rear of the property - near the stabling yards. There are toilets located at the rear of the property. There’s plenty of off-street and on-street parking located here. You’ll find a cafe / restaurant located near the home.
Brenden Wood - 2 months ago
Beautiful historical and architectural house. Very friendly staff and great tour guide. Really enjoyed to walk through the history. I love vintage furnishing and beautiful garden. Have free parking on site and Italian restaurant just near by, food very good, however very pricy. Access with pram and kids friendly place. However without pram would be better to walk through house. Thank you so much, would love to back in the future.
Rina Saha - 7 months ago
Beautiful spot. Attended a wedding here. Could be more lighting back to the car park at night and the gravel in open toe shoes was a bit annoying but beautiful space and food.
Natalie Viset - 22 days ago
We spent a few hours at Estate Vaucluse today, and it was delightful. From the moment we arrived (actually, it started from the phone reservation), we were greeted with warm hospitality by Annie and team, who made us feel at home. The high tea was lovely and indulgent, I was so well fed! There are not many places in Sydney that does good sweet and savory options. At $60per pax, in such tranquil surroundings - I’m definitely coming back. After tea, we enjoyed a leisurely walk around the estate and museum. Perfect!
Lilian N L - 3 months ago
Very well-restored estate of a prominent colonial-era Australian statesman and his family. The MHNSW staff are highly knowledgeable. Great visit :))
Willia Thorpe - 3 months ago
Accommodations near Vaucluse House:
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|L2, T1, T2, T3, T8 + Bus||Town Hall||3 or 10 minutes|
|T4 + Bus||Edgecliff Station||3 or 10 minutes|
How to get to Vaucluse House by
By Train + Bus: Town Hall Station catch either a #324 or #325 bus from Stand A on York Street. If taking the #324 bus, get off at New South Head Road just past Petrarch Avenue and walk back to Petrarch Avenue and go right (north) to Hopetoun Avenue. Cross over and look for the stairway just to your left and go down the steps and through the pathway to Olola Avenue and follow it to your right until you get to Vaucluse House Park entrance (10 minutes). If taking the #325 bus, get off at Wentworth Road and Olola Avenue and go right (south) down Olola Avenue to the park entrance (3 minutes). Alternatively, you can take a T4 train to Edgecliff Station and transfer to the #325 bus there. This may be quicker depending on where you are starting and the timing of your connections.
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