Imposing sandstone building with turreted roof.

Government House, exterior. Photo © Stephen Antonopoulos

Government House Sydney

Sunday 3 November 2019

Macquarie Street, Sydney

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Edward Blore

Additional architects

Mortimer Lewis

One of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Sydney, complete with towers and castellation, Government House Sydney is the official residence and office of Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, 39th Governor of New South Wales, and Mr Dennis Wilson.

The building was designed in England by Edward Blore (architect to William IV and Queen Victoria), modified by Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis to suit its Sydney location, and constructed between 1836 and 1845.

Over the years the building has been extended, refurbished and modernised to suit the tastes and needs of successive governors. Visitors will be able to view the restored grand historic interiors, replete with exquisite hand-stencilled original ceilings. The House also showcases a significant collection of portraits, furniture, decorative arts and gubernatorial (governor-related) memorabilia, many produced in NSW and of heritage significance.

Government House Sydney is a busy ‘working House’, which is host to many vice-regal and charitable events, royal visitors and state functions during the year. Set in a beautiful landscaped garden, with views over Farm Cove and the harbour and an unusual perspective of the Sydney Opera House, visitors are warmly invited to view the State House of New South Wales.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

State Rooms – main hall, dining room, drawing room and ballroom

Talks, tours & more

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Accessible

  • Additional information
    Please be aware that bags and prams need to be cloaked prior to entry to the House.

Opening hours


Last entry



Macquarie Street, Sydney

Entry via

Government House Gate (via Conservatorium Road)


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