School and community groups are invited to take part in tours at Government House, Victoria.

The tours are led by the Governor’s husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, a former County Court Judge, or a senior member of the Government House staff. They offer a unique insight into the constitutional, ceremonial, international and community engagement duties of the Governor.

Visitors will be guided through the State Apartments to learn about the history of the House and its contemporary role.

Mr Howard showing billiard room to students
Mr Howard showing the Billiard Room to students during a tour.

About the Government House Tour  

  • Tours are offered on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10.00am - 11.15am
  • Tours are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, with opportunity for Q&A throughout 
  • Government House tours are free
  • For school groups, the tours are best suited to secondary students in Year 9 and above
  • Students must be accompanied by, and under the direct supervision, of their teacher/s
  • Visitors need to pass through a security checkpoint and bag inspection before entering
  • Minimum group size: 15
  • Maximum group size: 25
  • Advance bookings are essential
  • For security purposes, bags are not permitted inside the House.  Bags and backpacks will be stored in a safe location within the grounds.


The Office of the Governor is committed to hosting COVID-safe events. To view our COVID-safe policies, please visit this page.

Book a tour 

To book a school or community group tour in 2021, email Deborah Nicolson, Community Engagement Programs Coordinator.

In your email, please include:

  • Name of school or community group
  • Year level and number of students (for school groups)
  • Preferred tour dates (please provide a range of dates)
Governor and Mr Howard in front of Government House with participants of the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program
The Governor and Mr Howard with participants of the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program following a tour

Where we are

Getting there

Check the Metro Tunnel website for transport disruptions as part of the tunnel works.


Public transport

You are encouraged to take public transport:

  • To walk: Government House (Government House Drive) is about a 15-20 minute walk

  • To tram: You can take the St Kilda Rd/Coventry St tram - routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 - and get off at the Grant Street - Police Memorial stop. It is then a further five-minute walk.


There is metered parking on Linlithgow and Birdwood Avenues, but there may be limited availability.

More information

Contact Deborah Nicolson: