Open Day


The House and Grounds of Government House are open to the public on Australia Day each year. This is a unique opportunity to visit the private residence of the Governor and tour the extensive grounds and garden.


Governor with a family and baby Open Day 2012


Explore one of Australia’s finest historic buildings, including the Governor’s apartments only open to the public on Open Day. Enjoy your own picnic in the gardens or purchase refreshments from community organisations. Visit retired champion racehorses in the 19th century stables and eat scones in the Old Kitchen. Relax to live music on the West Lawn and let your kids be entertained by a variety of activities. 


Entry details

Australia Day, Sunday 26 January, 2014.
Grounds open: 9.30 am - 4:30 pm.
House tours: 10.00 am - 4:00 pm (House tour queue closes at 3:00 pm).
Entry is free.
Please present bags to security for inspection prior to entrance.


Government House is an accessible environment.
Complimentary sunscreen is available from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. at the Front Gate.


Government House Drive, Melbourne
Melways Reference 2G, A11

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