Macquarie Street
New South Wales
Phone: 02 9931 5222
Fax: 02 9931 5208

Government House

Government House was constructed between 1837and 1845. It is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales.
The ground floor State Rooms include the dining room, drawing room and ballroom. These contain an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furnishings and decoration that reflect changing styles and the differing tastes of the Governors and their wives. The first floor includes State Apartments that were used by the Governor, visiting members of the Royal Family and other Heads of State.
The house is sited in an important historic garden overlooking Sydney Harbour. Viewing of the house is by guided tour only, with tours on the hour and half hour starting at 10.30 with the last tour departing at 3pm. The upstairs rooms, including the bedrooms, are not open to the public.

Permanent Collection

19th and early 20th century Australian colonial furniture; Australian portraiture, 1826ā€“2000 (Governors); 19th and early 20th century Royal portraiture; examples of the work of Lyon, Cottier & Co., specifically painted decoration and leadlight work, 1879ā€“c1890; Gubernatorial memorabilia, 1820sā€“2002

Key collection strengths include: Culinary equipment, Decorative arts, Documents, Furniture/furnishings, Lighting and Ornaments.

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Free admission

Opening hours

Grounds open daily from 10am to 4pm
House open Friday to Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm by guided tour ONLY
Tours depart every half hour commencing at 10.30am the last tour departs at 3pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
The house is closed occasionally as it is used for Vice-Regal functions, these closures are listed at:
If you are making a special trip to the city to go on a tour we advise that you contact Government House 02 9931 5222 to ensure that the house is open.

Getting there

Government House is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens in central Sydney. The House can be accessed from Macquarie Street at the intersection with Bridge Street, by the Conservatorium of Music.
It is a 10 minute walk from Circular Quay ferry and train station and a similar distance from Martin Place train station.

There is no public parking available, disabled parking available upon request.

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Constructed between 1837 and 1845. Government House is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic revival building in New South Wales. It is open for public and school visits and is used for vice-regal activities. Government House is situated alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Please see for full details.