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Government House

Government House is a popular city centre attraction that is alongside the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, with its strategic location providing visitors sweeping views of Sydney Harbour in the distance.

Add in the charm of this building, and it is easy to see why this is one of Sydney’s most iconic attractions.

Government House Sydney, Tours, Address, Opening Hours & History, NSW

This iconic building stands out, not just because of its unique design, but also because it is has housed 27 Governors from as far back as 1846 to 1996. Before 1846, the site was marked by a canvas tent that the then-governor pitched on location.

This building is renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture, with some of the key exterior features including intricate decorations and patterns, lancet windows and hood mouldings. The house interior is just as elaborate as the exterior, with one of the most outstanding features inside the house being the hand-painted stencil ceilings with exquisite designs – indeed the perfect backdrop for all the collectibles on display.

A tour around Government House gives visitors a chance to view the different collections that include, but are not limited to, creative portraits, elaborate arts, unique pieces of furniture, as well as memorabilia relevant to the administrative post. It is interesting to note that many of these collectibles were sourced from New South Wales, and therefore have a rich significance in the state’s heritage.

Government House hosts many events and even welcomes royal visitors from time to time. For this reason, visitors are required to note that the house and gardens may remain closed on occasion to cater for the numerous regal functions. Closure dates are published regularly on the official website, so it’s worth checking out ahead of your visit.

Access around the gardens at Government House is on bitumen and firm sandstone paths, with a portable ramp provided for wheelchair access up to the two wide steps into the foyer.

Guided tours are conducted on most Fridays, Saturdays and Saturdays (inclusive of public holidays – except for Good Friday and Christmas Day). Tickets for the 45-minute tour of the Government House are available at the Gate House.

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