Open Days at Government House

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Open House Melbourne, Saturday 29 July 2017

Government House will once again be open to the public as part of Open House Melbourne on Saturday, 29 July 2017.


Open: Saturday 10am - 4pm

Heritage Listed: Yes

Expect Queues: Yes

What's Open: State Apartments

Special Note: Entry upon passing through security checkpoint and presentation of bags for inspection. Admission closes at 3pm

Tour Type: Self-guided

Building Type: Government

Facilities: Pram access, Toilets

Year Built: 1872 - 1876

Tram Stops: Stop 18: St Kilda Rd/Coventry St on routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

For more information go to the Open House Melbourne website.


Australia Day 2017

Government House was open to the public as part of the 2017 Australia Day celebrations, including the historic stables and the surrounding 11 hectares of gardens.

Attractions as part of the Government House Open Day included:

  • The State Landau (State Coach), on loan from Melbourne Museum, will return to Government House for the day. The coach was used by the Governor-General and the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary) at the opening of the first Australian Parliament, in Melbourne, in 1901, and subsequently by the Governors-General and Governors, and other Royal visitors.
  • Retired champion racehorses from Living Legends in the historic 19th century Hopetoun Stables
  • Live music on the West Lawn and a variety of children’s activities


Visitors were invited to bring a picnic or they could purchase from food vendors including tea and scones from the Country Women’s Association.

Entry was free. 

View photos from the day.