Government House

Government House, Sydney

Government House
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 6 min walk
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia888 contributions
Mar. 2021
This very grand building is near the Royal Botanical Gardens and also has an address of Conservatorium Road. It was built in 1837-1843 and is on the State Heritage Register.It is the vice regal residence of the Governor of NSW. It was residence of the Governor of Australia from 1901-1914
Written 26 April 2021
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MN001
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Solo
I happened to be here on one of the days that they were doing the free tours (Friday) and I would highly recommend it. The guide really knew his stuff and gave us all some great insights into the building’s history and present-day workings. No photography was allowed inside but he explained how we could grab some images from the website’s virtual tour which I’ve done. Highly recommended
Written 27 February 2020
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geographyguy_11
Brisbane, Queensland517 contributions
Jan. 2020
I was lucky enough to go inside on an Open Day held to make Australia Day. There was a sausage sizzle and a band playing in the garden, which had lovely views of the back of the Opera House and of Fort Denison and Sydney Harbour. Sitting in the shade watching the activity on the harbour with the jazz band in the background was a great way to survive the middle of the day heat. The state rooms of the house itself are very grand and well worth a visit on an open day or on a guided tour during the week. Highlights are the Main Hall, with the historic portraits of past governors and the coats of arms; the drawing room with portraits of Australia's first monarchs George III and Queen Charlotte, and the ballroom with the tiny Throne of NSW. Stupidly, I was allowed to take my camera into the house but not my camera case. The staff should be a bit realistic when getting people to cloak bags.
Written 23 February 2020
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shirleym57
Northallerton, UK117 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Couples
We happened to be able to do a free tour when we were visiting the Botanics. It was brilliant, only 45 minutes but the guide really knew her stuff and we learned so much about its history and the start of a new nation. Would definitely recommend .
Written 1 December 2019
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Oct. 2019
We enjoyed one of the 45-minute free weekend (Friday-Sunday) tours of Government House, but we saw several people who didn't -- because they were strolling through the Royal Botanic Gardens (see my review, "Give it the time it deserves"), stumbled upon Government House, decided to tour it and were turned away. They're quite strict about leaving a photo ID, I presume because the governor of New South Wales actually lives in the house. The exterior, with its turrets and decorative glass, is attractive, and the interior impressive (no photos allowed inside).

TIPS:

--For a great "landscape" shot of Government House, keep your eyes open as you walk in the adjoining Royal Botanic Gardens.
Written 22 November 2019
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Kirkcaldylad
North Lanarkshire, UK1,706 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Government house in Sydney is open to the public three days a week, Fri - Sun and tours are free. Tickets for the timed guided tours are obtainable at the office on the drive. You will need photo identification and they will copy that. The gardens are free to wander around on those days. The tour lasts 45 minutes with a well-informed guide who will show the main ground floor rooms such as the Governor’s Office and the Dining Room and other rooms used for public events including the Ballroom. There is much to see and a considerable amount of the furniture and furnishings are Australian made. It is a place of great historic interest as of some architectural merit if you like the Gothic style which does seem a tad out of place in Sydney.
Written 9 November 2019
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Peter
Glasgow, UK2,892 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Only open for a few hours at the weekend.
Free entry on production of photo ID.
Our guide did a good job, no photos inside.
The Victorian decor and furnishings are good.
Ongoing garden/fountain works restrict the view from the veranda.
Written 9 November 2019
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Lyp_au
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
Government house is located overlooking the Sydney Botanic Gardens and shimmering harbour. A fabulous building with emaculate surround.
Written 5 November 2019
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Elaine P
8 contributions
Oct. 2019
A friend and I were in Sydney for the Military Tattoo. We visted the Royal Bontanical Gardens and decided to do the tour through Government House. The house was truly amazing with all the stories,architecture, the wood work it was just amazing. The tour lasted for about 45 minutes and there were no stairs. The only down size is that the powers that be that look after the Bontanical Gardens WILL NOT erect signs to make it easier to get the GH. My friend who has trouble with her knees found it quite exasperating to think that we came within 100meters of the enterance gate because there were no SIGNAGE.
Written 5 November 2019
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Steven W
Sacramento, CA1,238 contributions
Oct. 2019
We were visiting the Botanic Gardens and wandered the exterior of this house during our visit. Beautiful architecture and surrounding gardens. They have tours, but we took a pass, since we had another tour scheduled soon. It was a lovely place to see.
Written 4 November 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Government House

Government House is open:
  • Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri - Sun 10:30 am - 3:00 pm