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Constructed in the 1830's, this building house the royal family and other visitors coming to Sydney. The architecture of the building is gothic revival and has beautiful gardens. Unfortunately, no tours were given when we were there so we couldnt go in, but we looked in the entry and it looked beautiful.
Grounds open daily from 10am to 4pm
House open Friday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm by guided tour ONLY
Tours depart every half hour commencing at 10.30am the last tour departs at 3pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
The Government House is the large sandstone building that dominates the Botanic Gardens by the Opera House. This house once was the official residence of the Governor of New South Wales.
I could only imagine how wondeful it must have been to live here with the beautiful gardens and the incredible Harbour views.
The Government House was built between 1837 and 1845, and was until 1996 the official residence of the governor of New South Wales.
Today the Government House is a museum with an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furnishings and decoration. The upstairs rooms have been used as the private quarters for the Governor, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal family and visiting heads of State.
Admission to the Government House is free.
If you are in the area near the Royal Botanic Gardens, you should consider visiting the Government House. If you don't have the time to enter the museum, you could just enjoy the building itself (another example of Gothic Revival style).
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Government House, located in the Domain and overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House, is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. The ground floor State rooms have an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furnishings and decoration. The upstairs rooms have been used as the private quarters for the Governor, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal family and visiting heads of State.
Discrete, elegant, Government House is to be found perched on a hill behind the Opera House with great views across the harbour to the Bridge (built 1837-45, it predates them both). Part of the Domain/Botanic Gardens, GH is fenced off from the rest of the parkland. The grounds are open to the public - its a surprisingly quiet spot to escape from the crowds. Formal gardens are the mainstay with tinkling fountains and overpruned shrubbery, but there are (relatively) wild bits to be found. Guided tours of the house are available (free of charge) when the place is not being used (Fri - Sun, 10am -3pm) but seems that something is virtually always happening, so never had the opportunity to take a sticky beak at what its like on the inside.
Government House was built between 1837 and 1845 and is said to be possibly the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. The main hall of the house has an impressive staircase that leads to the private and guest apartments. Queen Elizabeth II and members of her family and other visiting heads of State have stayed here.
Govt House and the grounds are open to the public daily. Admission is free
Built in 1846. This is the official residence of the governor of NSW. It was designed by Edward Blore, the same architect who designed the Buckingham Palace.
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