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Government House

Photo shows the towers and battlements of Government House from the formal sweeping driveway., bordered by huge mature trees.

Photo: Supplied by HHT, Richard Glover 2010, formal entry of Government House.

Why go there

Government House has been home to 27 Governors from 1846 to 1996, and the first 5 Governor-Generals from 1901 to 1914. In marked contrast to the first Governor’s residence - the canvas tent Governor Phillip pitched in 1788, it is one of the finest examples of gothic revival architecture in NSW. Our current Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, is the 37th Governor of NSW and is the first woman to occupy the office.

Don't miss

Visitors should undertake the tour to see:

  • Government House’s magnificent State Rooms,
  • The historic works of art which adorn the walls,
  • Experience the opulence of Vice Regal furniture.

Access for all

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

Access around the gardens at Government House is on bitumen and firm sandstone paths. A portable ramp is provided for wheelchair access up the two wide steps into the foyer at Government House. The ground floor is then level. Access down to the terrace is via a permanent ramp and from the terrace to garden pathway another permanent ramp. This also leads to the Male and Female accessible toilets.

Getting around

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

Ramped access to the ground floor only. Permanent ramps lead to the terrace and then down to a bitumen pathway which takes visitors into the gardens and to the accessible Male and Female toilets.

Tours and programs

The only way to visit the interior of Government House is on a free public tour of the ground floor State Rooms, available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10.30am and 3pm, commencing at the Gatehouse and lasting 45 minutes. Group bookings are available for Thursdays and Fridays on 9931 5222. Call in advance if you’d like to arrange an Auslan interpreted tour. Government House garden is open every day of the week between 10am and 4pm, but can be closed for vice-regal functions.

Pictures of  the Main Hall showing the opulent Regal Furniture and exquisite paintings

The photo shows the exterior of the East Terrace from under a huge Morton Bay Fig tree

Photos: Supplied by HHT, by Richard Glover 2010, showing the interior of the Main Hall and the Eastern Terrace from the gardens

Eating and shopping

No onsite café. A small shop situated in the Gatehouse sells Government House guidebooks, souvenir postcards and other items of interest (Open on Fri, Sat and Sunday only). However, the Conservatorium of Music has a café and the Botanic gardens Café is about a five minute stroll away.

How to get there

Public transport

The best access to Government House is through the Botanic Gardens or from Macquarie St adjacent to the Cahill Expressway footpath or from the roadway down from the Conservatorium of Music.

Public transport options are train, ferry or bus arriving at Circular Quay where there is a short but steep grade up to the Conservatorium. A lift at the east end of Circular Quay takes pedestrians up to a footpath alongside the Cahill Expressway. The path leads down to Macquarie St, then it's a block to the Conservatorium.

Parking

There is no accessible onsite parking or drop off area. The nearest commercial car spaces are expensive alternatives, the closest is The Opera House car park. Parking for people with a disability may be available upon request.

Map

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Photo shows the towers and battlements of Government House from the formal sweeping driveway., bordered by huge mature trees.

Photo: Supplied by HHT, Richard Glover 2010, formal entry of Government House.

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

Contact Details

Phone: + 61 2 9931 5222

Email:
info@hht.net.au

Website:
Government House
(www.hht.net.au
/museums/government_house)

Opening hours

Government House and gardens are occasionally closed for Vice Regal and other events, so check times on the website. Otherwise, the gardens are open daily 10am-4pm. Government House free tours run Friday – Sunday from 10.30am-3pm, tickets distributed at the Gatehouse. This is the only way to see Government House.

Price

No charge.

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