Vaucluse House survives as one of Sydney's only nineteenth century harbourside estates with house, kitchen wing, stables and outbuildings and is still surrounded by ten hectares of formal gardens and grounds.
Built in 1803, Vaucluse House was once owned by William Charles Wentworth, father of the Australian Constitution, his wife Sarah and their immediate family of 10 children who lived in the house from 1827 to 1853 and again in 1861 to 1862.
This gothic style mansion includes both lavish entertaining rooms and functional 'downstairs' areas. Vaucluse House paints a picture of the social aspirations and lifestyles of the Wentworth’s; and of the servants both convict and free, who lived and worked there. The interiors include original Wentworth pieces together with furniture, furnishings and collections of the early to mid nineteenth century.
Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Photographs available of upstairs rooms and cellars. Alternative interpretive devices are available including Braille and large print guides.
A range of education and school holiday programs are undertaken.
02 9388 7922
Sydney Suburbs, New South Wales, 2030
Access Without Assistance for the Disabled, Car park, Guide, Parking for the Disabled, Public Toilet, Shop
Experiences you can enjoy at Vaucluse House:
Educational Tourism, Historic/Heritage