Garden lovers can enjoy a tour of the Government House gardens, held on the third Thursday of the month.

Please note that due to COVID-19, there are currently no tours being held at Government House, or in the Gardens and Grounds.

Tours start at 11am and are free. Bookings are essential.

What is included in the tour

The gardens feature magnificent lawns, specimen trees surrounded by large beds of trees and shrubs, and the Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden. The gardens also feature ceremonial trees planted by members of the Royal Family and previous Governors.

What to expect

The tour goes for about one hour and you will need a general level of fitness.

There are some steps, small hills and uneven surfaces.


While each tour caters for up to 30 people, there are no group bookings available.

Bookings close at 12 noon the day before the tour, or when the tour is full.

To book a garden tour online, please visit eventbrite and select your preferred date.

Garden tour dates 2020

  • 20 February
  • 19 March
  • 16 April
  • 21 May
  • 18 June
  • 16 July
  • 20 August
  • 17 September
  • 15 October
  • 19 November
  • 17 December

On the day of the tour

  • Wear casual clothes with sensible footwear.
  • Bring photo ID (passport, drivers licence, student ID etc.,).
  • Check in at the Government House Gatehouse 15 minutes before the tour starts.
  • Entry will involve passing through a security checkpoint and bag inspection.
garden tour visitors on path at government house
A garden tour at Government House

Getting there

Metro Tunnel disruption 

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

Public transport

You are encouraged to take public transport:

  • Flinders Street Station is a 15 to 20-minute walk to Government House
  • 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


Parking is not available at the House. If you drive, there is metered parking on Linlithgow and Birdwood avenues.


Tours can be cancelled in extreme weather or for operational reasons. We will provide you with as much notice as possible.