Government House hosts an Open Day on Australia Day (26 January) each year.

Please note due to on-going public health risks due to COVID-19, Open Day will not be held at Government House Victoria in 2021.


You will be able to explore the State Apartments, historic stables and mews, 11 hectares of gardens, and enjoy a range of activities. 

What's on offer

Activities and displays include:

  • free children’s activities
  • roving entertainers
  • former racehorse champions in the stables

‘I loved the architecture inside the ballroom and we got to meet the Governor.’ ~ Open Day participant 2017


Entry is free. Gates open at 10.30am, and close at 4.30pm.  Self-guided tours will operate between 11.00am and 4.00 pm.

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

Food and drink

You will be able to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Western Lawn, or buy something from a range of food vendors on site.

The Country Women’s Association will also be offering its famous scones with jam and cream in the original 19th Century kitchen.

plates of scones lined up on kitchen bench with CWA helpers laughing happily
On Australia Day, enjoy scones prepared by the Country Women's Association

Where we are

Getting there

Metro Tunnel disruptions

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

visitors with horses in stables at Government house
Former race horse champions in the historic stables at Government House on Open Day.