Government House Sydney

Government House - The little castle in the city

Government House - A castle in the city
Government House - A castle in the city cc licensed photo by Flying Cloud

Government house in Sydney is a beautiful stately building surrounded by just over 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds adjoining the Royal Botanic Gardens. It sits just behind the Sydney Opera House overlooking Farm Cove on Sydney Harbour. With its gothic revival architecture and many turrets, it is more like a small castle than a house.

You can enjoy a free tour of this fascinating house and property between Friday and Sunday, but you must still obtain a ticket from the gatehouse for access which is only by guided tour

Construction of Government House in Sydney, which replaced the Old Government House in Parramatta, began in 1837. The architect, Edward Blore, was also very much involved in the design of Buckingham Palace in London. In 1845 the first resident, Governor George Gipps, moved in. Except for a period of time between 1996 and 2011 the house has always been the residence of the Governor or Governor-General. Beginning in 1996 the house was managed by the Historic Houses Trust. They continue to manage the property to this day carrying out a rigorous program of restoration and maintenance. In 2011, after much public protest, it was decided that the Governor should once again take up official residence in Government House as it was realized that it was actually costing more to maintain the property without the Governor residing there.

Government House hosts many functions throughout the year, including state functions, concerts, festivals, exhibitions and as many as 250 Vice Regal functions.

Nearby attractions include : Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Opera House, Customs House, Justice and Police Museum and the Museum of Sydney.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9228 4111

Official Website: Government House Sydney

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3 or Sydney FerriesCircular Quay10 minutes

How to get to Government House Sydney by Train

By Train or Ferry: exit at Circular Quay Station and proceed west on Alfred Street then left on Albert Street and right on Macquarie Street. Enter the park by the horse and rider statue and follow the signs to Government House.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5Government House Star Rating

5 Star Rating Beautiful place but not open to public every day, the place must go

Ho Wing - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Went on the free tour that has 20 people in a group at a time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and eloquent. The house inside is beautiful and plush and exudes opulence. You get the same feeling at Government House as you do in stately homes in England. The gardens are immaculate and so serene and peaceful and the view is impressive. Visit when you get chance: you won't be disappointed.

James Watts - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Beautifully maintained. The garden are very well organized. The staff are lovely.

Steven Nolan - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating It isone of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Sydney, Government House is the Official Residence of Governor of New South Wales. Visitors will be able to view the restored grand historic interiors, including the exquisite hand painted stencil ceilings. The House also showcases a significant collection of portraits, furniture, decorative arts and gubernatorial memorabilia, many of them produced in New South Wales and of heritage significance

Ijaz Bloach - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating This is quite unique; the Government House Sydney is on the property of the Royal Botanic Gardens. They were quite old and it attracted people to admire them. We can walk to the fence and take pictures of the Governor's House. Visitors are welcomed to visit it at designated times.

Vicky Eichler - 5 months ago


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