5 things you have to try in Vaucluse
Our recent move to Vaucluse has only increased my love for this Eastern Suburbs haven. From delicious eats and luxury pampering to historic houses & beach club parties; this suburb has it all – You should come over sometime and check it out.
I am so excited about our new spot. The house may not be finished yet (more on that later) but I don’t even care because you can remodel or rebuild a home on the perfect plot of land but you can’t move your perfect house to a new spot. It really is true what they say – location, location, location!
Hot tip by the way, I’m predicting Vaucluse will see a lot of growth in 2020, as the more established residents are now moving away to downsize and a lot of fresh, young families are moving in.
Either way, there’s so much activity going on in this suburb at the moment, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. These are my top picks for places to see and things to do that I’ve been loving so far.
Eat and Treat Yourself
I have visited Botanica for some great food (and drinks) a couple of times now and I swear it gets better every visit. This restaurant is set in the most beautiful lush gardens; you wouldn’t even know you were in the city.
Obviously it looks amazing, and the dining experience is divine, but the main thing I love about Botanica is it’s a farm to table restaurant. The dishes are made from sustainable, local growers and many of the ingredients are actually grown on their farm just two hours out of Sydney. It doesn’t get fresher than that!
And after you’ve had your lunch, you can wander over to their day spa for a massage or treatment. Just spend one day hanging out here and you’ll feel like you’ve been on a week-long holiday – amazing.
2 Laguna St, Vaucluse
Dunbar House was built in the 1830s and is one of the oldest standing structures in the whole country. It’s a popular spot for weddings and events, but it’s lovely just to visit and soak up the architecture.
While you’re there, stop for breakfast or lunch with a view of Sydney Harbour. If you make it at lunch time, you have to try the tempura zucchini flowers!
9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay
at Watsons Bay Hotel
If you’re just visiting in Vaucluse this hotel is the perfect spot to base yourself from. You’ll get full coastal vibes and plenty of things to do close by.
Otherwise, whether you’re visiting or a local, you can pop down to their Beach Club anytime. It’s inspired by yacht clubs and Summer in Europe – can you see why I like it so much?
You’ll find super fresh seafood, flowing cocktails and lots of great photo opportunities.
These guys also hold lots of events throughout the year, so there’s always something new to try!
Watson’s Bay Hotel
1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
Enjoy a High Tea
at Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House is another beautiful spot to soak in some history. It’s a 19th century mansion that’s been restored and turned into a museum. I have so much appreciation for the work that’s gone into curating the interiors, it’s absolutely stunning.
My second favourite thing about Vaucluse House is their High Tea; you have to try it. Everything is made with seasonal produce and some is even freshly hand-picked from the Vaucluse gardens.
Estate – Vaucluse House
Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse
I have to mention the amazing beaches on my doorstep! These are some of my favourite little spots.
This spot is actually a nature reserve with harbour views, picnic spots, a cafe, and its very own foreshore known as Shark Beach. This one is my top pick for a family day!
At this beach you’ll find Watsons Bay Hotel (no surprises there) and it’s one of the busier, popular spots to go. It’s perfect if you want to enjoy the sun and sand and then grab a cocktail afterwards. And who wouldn’t want that?
Parsley Bay is only 500 metres from my house which is such a blessing. It’s a little quieter and less well-known compared to somewhere like Watsons Bay, so if you want relaxation, this is a good spot for you.
Kutti is another ultra-quiet beach, and you’ll mostly find just locals here as the entry is a little hidden! If you’re willing to go searching with your Google Maps at the ready, it’s well worth the expedition. This one is dog friendly too, so you can bring your pooch.