Government House
Sundial, Government House. Still from video shot by Paul J Warren © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 25 April

 
10.30AM - 3PM

Entry

Free admission.

Valid identification is required from all visitors taking tours.

Please check for vice-regal closures before you visit.

Address

Royal Botanic Gardens, Lower Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

+61 2 9228 4111
Government House

Since Government House was opened to the public in 1996, over 2 million people have joined the extraordinary rollcall of official guests and dignitaries to visit the magnificent State Rooms and gardens of one of this state’s most important buildings.

Oil painting of Government House looking from the Botanical Gardens State Library of New South Wales DG 336

As the official residence of the Governor of NSW, Government House plays a central role in the official and ceremonial life of this city and state. It is used for a wide range of ceremonies, receptions and cultural and community events, and is open to the public three days a week. When it was completed in 1845, this ‘new’ Government House was the most ambitious and lavish building in NSW. Designed by the celebrated king’s architect Edward Blore, who had worked on Buckingham and Windsor palaces, it boldly announced the young colony’s readiness to shake off its convict past and be counted among the great centres of the British Empire. As commented by one newspaper of the day, as people arrived in Sydney, ‘They looked for a prison and beh[e]ld a palace!’

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