LifestyleHistory, prestige and jaw-dropping ocean views (only 15 minutes from the city) . . . . affluent living doesn’t get any better than this!
Vaucluse is one of the most exclusive areas in Australia and rightly so. Perched high on the South Head peninsula with Sydney Harbour to its west, the Pacific Ocean to the east, Watsons Bay to the North, and Rose Bay and Dover Heights to the south, it drinks in magnificent ocean vistas from all aspects.
A significant part of the nation’s colonial history, this beautiful suburb has long been home to the upper class, and as such, boasts many historical landmarks including Sacred Heart Convent, Strickland House, Greycliffe House and the grand Vaucluse House resting on 27 acres of manicured gardens.
Local residents savour the quiet and discreet surrounds of this superb location, and if not unwinding in their impressive lifestyle properties, may be seen soaking up the sun at the pretty harbourside beaches of either Nielsen Park and Parsley Bay, or strolling through the many parks and reserves along its harbour foreshore.
If you head north along New South Head Road to The Macquarie Lighthouse at Dunbar Head, you’ll be mesmerised by the best views in all of Sydney, step back in time when you visit the old South head Cemetery with it’s many famous grave and vaults, or escape your worries when stretch your legs along the captivating Hermitage Foreshore Walk.
The full beauty of this gorgeous spot really has to be experienced first-hand to truly be appreciated.
PeopleAlthough often labelled as ‘lifestyles of the rich and famous,’ this elegant seaside suburb is home to many families, both young and old.
Vaucluse attracts professionals and well-heeled folks of all ages, who not only adore a blue chip postcode with breathtaking views, but also value the serenity and privacy this premier locale provides.
HomesGlamorous waterfront mansions with the best luxuries money can buy, line beautiful quiet streets. Graceful hillside residences showcasing the beauty of yesteryear, capture sweeping ocean ocean views. No matter your style, if you’re looking to claim some of the best real estate in Australia, Vaucluse will not disappoint.
Many residences are meticulously designed to capture the sweeping ocean views and amazing Sydney Harbour icons, whilst all dwellings in this pristine position take full advantage of the sublime privacy and seclusion.
SchoolsSuperior schools are only minutes away. Select from some of Sydney’s finest including Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, Ascham, Kambala, Cranbrook, and Scots College.
Shopping/RestaurantsThe local Vaucluse village shopping centre, perched up on the hill, provides a handy pit stop for a quick latte, gourmet treat, or last minute necessity.
Venture a little further and the nearby shopping hub at Rose Bay, offers a variety of grocery stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
The Grumpy Baker
If you follow your nose, you’ll easily find The Grumpy Baker, a popular hang out for locals on a Sunday morning with it’s enticing aromas and delectable fare. Delicious sausage rolls, sticky pastries and brown-paper-wrapped fig and walnut bread, marry with polished concrete floors and rustic decor that wouldn't be out of place in an old warehouse, and only add to its edible charm.
Vaucluse Tea Rooms
Blending period style with quality food and exceptional service, the Vaucluse House Tearooms offers breakfast, lunch, high tea, private events and wedding receptions. Dine in the café with friends and family or host your next special event whilst overlooking the peaceful gardens of the historic Vaucluse House estate in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Doyle’s at the Beach
A mecca for Sydneysiders and tourists alike, Doyles’ is Australia's first seafood restaurant still standing on it’s original foreshore location since 1885. Family owned and operated for over 5 generations it offers both indoor and outdoor dining and the magnificent panorama of Sydney Harbour. The restaurant offers a stunning range of fresh seafood for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
Recreational FacilitiesMacquarie Lighthouse
Macquarie Lighthouse is Australia's oldest lighthouse and is still in operation today. Originally designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, it was constructed in 1818 and rebuilt in 1883. Every two months, you can discover its fascinating history and climb the 100 stairs to the top to see magnificent harbour and city views.
Vaucluse House is a stately mansion nestled in a l9th century leafy estate with a kitchen wing, stables and outbuildings and surrounded by 27 acres of gardens and grounds. The home of William Charles Wentworth, father of the Australian Constitution and family from 1827-1853. Many of the original fittings can still be seen, and viewing the estate is a wonderful way to grasp the social aspirations and lifestyles of the Wentworths and the servants who lived and worked in that era.
Parsley Bay Reserve & Beach
This idyllic beach setting boasts a rich, long history tracing back to its traditional owners from the Birrabirragal band. A quick swim to the end of the enclosure and you will be rewarded with a boardwalk pier and a lounging zone. From the southern end, a short trail cuts through some natural bush and out to a picturesque suspension bridge and across to Parsley Glen, the perfect spot for soaking to soak up the atmosphere and taking in the iconic Sydney views.
Hermitage Foreshore Reserve
One of Sydney’s great coastal walks, the easy Hermitage Foreshore track offers up stunning views of Sydney’s harbour, islands and icons. Along the walk you can see Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House. Start the walk at either Bayview Hill Road or Nielsen Park and be sure to stop at Nielsen Park, a wonderful spot to spend some time.
Sydney serves up some of its best outdoor offerings at Nielsen Park, located at Vaucluse in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Blessed with the glistening Shark Beach and glorious harbour views, Nielsen Park is one of Sydney's favourite year-round recreation areas. It's also one of the most picturesque places for a picnic, boasting three large, sheltered picnic areas.