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Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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A real gem

Well worth visiting and it is free. Take your passport or some form of identification to enable you to join the tour. The house is lived in by the present Governor and his wife... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
chrisatbracondale
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth visiting and it is free. Take your passport or some form of identification to enable you to join the tour. The house is lived in by the present Governor and his wife. Our tour leader was Todd who was very knowledgeable. Lovely gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good looking building. Lots of history. Free and interesting tour by a keen and knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

The Government House is located within the equally lovely Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney and is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. Visitors must avail of the free guided tours to this imperial mansion, which is the official home of the Governor of New South Wales. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and entertain visitors with interesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were all exploring Sydney and walked around the Botanical gardens and came up to the Gov. House. We noticed they had free tours on that day (only on certain days since it's a working house for the NSW governor ) and decided to go. We were so glad we did. Daisy was absolutely lovely, she was informed on all... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We visited in January. The first weekend we went there it was still closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday. We went back the next weekend on a Sunday - and they were not offering tours - but instead we were able to walk through the house on our home to a limited number of rooms. They had staff... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The Government House is located within the Royal Botanical Gardens, before the city's most iconic landmark - Sydney Opera House. It is a historic castle-liked building in a large greenery compound and you will not miss it if you are in the area. There are lots of flowers and trees and one can feel the call of nature in a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Gardens are badly managed, over grown trees and lawn and tree branches fell all over, most of the rooms in this building you can't even visit, and its extremely hard to get to this building as there is no decent public transport close by and there is no car park. Whole place is really not a big deal, waste of... More 

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Queensland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Just chanced upon this great opportunity to have a guided tour through this wonderful home and building. Our cruise ship had parked for the day last Friday at Circular Quay and we took the opportunity to stroll through the Botanical Gardens. As we passed the entrance to Government House, we say that there were free tours offered. We enquired and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

A rare historic grand building in Australia located in a position that can't be bettered. I'd make it a must-see on a Sydney itinerary.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The site is accused by guided tour (bring photo id). Our guide was very informative and helpful and the rooms absolutely fantastically decorated and maintained. A good insight into the history and governance of NSW and some fascinating contrasts with properties and decor of similar period in UK

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The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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