On January 26, Government House Victoria invites you to join us for our annual Open Day. 

Explore the State Apartments, historic grounds, and enjoy a diverse program of performances and activities for all ages. 

Musical performances at Government House Open Day.
Musical performances at Government House Open Day.

What's on

Throughout the day, musical and dance performances will feature on the main stage on the Western Lawn, including the Royal Australian Navy Band, the Victorian College of the Arts Jazz Band, and a Bollywood dance performance.  

There will also be a range of activities and displays on the day, including: 

  • Free children’s activities 
  • Self-guided tours of the State Apartments 
  • Roving entertainment 
  • Food and beverage vendors 
  • Sports and community activities.

At 12:15pm, the Western Lawn will be the best vantage point to view the RAAF Heritage Aircraft Flyover.  

For more information and to view a map, download the Government House Victoria Open Day 2024 Information Pamphlet.

Food and drinks

Bring along your own picnic to enjoy on the Western Lawn with views of the city skyline and Government House. 

Picnickers at January Open Day at Government House
Visitors enjoying a picnic on the Western Lawn.

Alternatively, you can sample the wide variety of food available for purchase from food vans and community barbeques.  


Entry is free. Gates open at 10:30am and close at 3:30pm, with last entry for the self-guided House tour at 4pm. 

You will need to pass through a security checkpoint and bag inspection at entry. 


Government House Victoria has step-free access to the State Apartments via a ramp next to the Fountain Court. 

Please note that Government House is located within a large garden precinct and movement around the grounds is suitable for mobility aids. However, some activities will take place on cobbled pavement and lawns. 

While there is no parking available at Government House, limited metered accessible parking is available on nearby Linlithgow and Birdwood Avenues. 

Accessible toilets are available within the house and grounds of Government House. 

Visitors in the State Dining Room as part of a self-guided tour of the State Apartments.
Visitors in the State Dining Room as part of a self-guided tour of the State Apartments.

During Open Days, Government House can get very busy. For Open Day 2024, a designated Quiet Zone is available to rest and relax in a sensory-friendly environment.  

A staffed marquee will be located on the main driveway with further advice and information on accessibility.  

For further information about accessibility, please contact: info@govhouse.vic.gov.au

Getting there 

Metro Tunnel disruptions

Check the Metro Tunnel website for transport disruptions.

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 will not be available at the House. If you drive, there will be limited metered parking on Linlithgow and Birdwood avenues.

Pets, Scooters and Bicycles

Please note, to ensure the safety of all visitors on Open Day, dogs – with the exception of assistance dogs – will not be permitted on the grounds of Government House.

E-scooters will also not be permitted entry.

Bike parking is available within the grounds of Government House. However, the riding of bikes is not permitted onsite.