Did you know that the grounds of Vaucluse House almost became a zoo? This January, we imagine what could have been if the animals took up residence.

Spot the playful animal illustrations, go wild and get creative in our activity hub, and try to identify the animal sounds in the pleasure garden. Plus, book into one of our Zoo Talks with Taronga Zoo or join the Procession of the Animals in Erth’s Marvellous Menagerie puppetry workshop.

These activities take place outdoors with limited capacity.

What’s on


Animals on parade

13–30 January, Vaucluse House gardens, free event

Playfully illustrated by artist Ollie Davis, the zoo animals have found their way to Vaucluse House! See how many you can spot in the garden.

Zoo sounds

13–30 January (Thurs–Sun, 10am–4pm), Pleasure garden, free event

Journey through the pleasure garden and listen for the call of the wild! Can you identify the animals in our imaginary zoo?

Drop-in kids activity hub

13–30 January, (Thurs–Sun, 10am–4pm), Stables, free event

Create your own animal headband and join the parade! Pick an animal face, mix and match animal features, decorate and go wild!

Zoo Talks with Taronga Zoo

13, 14, 20 & 21 January (11–11.30am & 1–1.30pm), Service courtyard, included with museum admission (free for members)

Hear fun animal facts and surprising stories with a Taronga Zoo educator. Come with questions you’re roaring to ask! Book your museum tickets

Erth puppetry workshops

20 January, 12–1pm & 21 January, 10–11am, Vaucluse House, $25 per child (20% discount for members)

Children will learn to operate a range of puppets guided by Erth puppeteers and bring a menagerie of creatures to life that will culminate in a Procession of the Animals. Book tickets

Visit Vaucluse House

Thursdays – Sundays, 10am–4pm, museum admission applies (free for members)

Explore historic Vaucluse House and imagine what it would have been like to live there. Book your museum tickets


While inside our museums and historic houses, visitors 12 years and over must wear a mask at all times. Please also ensure you maintain a safe distance from other visitors.

Please read our conditions of entry before visiting.