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“Like a mini Castle”
Review of Government House

Government House
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Ranked #49 of 500 things to do in Sydney
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

On man, another amazing old building, just breathtakingly beautiful. Not that I would want to live there but oh so nice. We did not time our visit for the free tour but cruised about checking out what we could from the outside. It is awesome, don't miss it.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Nunngo
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"free tour"
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"new south wales"
in 13 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 21 reviews
"photo id"
in 6 reviews
"guided tour"
in 14 reviews
"past governors"
in 4 reviews
"no photography"
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"tours start"
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"tours run"
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"governor's office"
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"state rooms"
in 2 reviews
"small castle"
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"tour takes about minutes"
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"governor general"
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"moreton bay fig tree"
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"beautiful building"
in 11 reviews
"short walk from the opera house"
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Tours go on the half hour and last 45 mins. Very interesting to see and learn about the present and past Governors. Tied this in with the Botanic gardens visit as very close by. Excellent guide.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank retirees51
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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

This must be on your to visit list. The guided tour was excellently presented by a very knowledgeable person, it was unusual as we expected to pay to enter but surprisingly not.
The building for those with an interest in architecture, this is for you.
Make the time, you will be happy with the experience.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank WayneAP
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

If you like local history, you must visit the Government House with free entrance. But admission to house and gardens is depend on what functions are being held there.
The Government House is in the Botanic Gardens just a short walk from the Opera House, or you can just walk in from Macquarie Street. It is a stately building, beautifully appointed in the heart of Sydney, home of the appointed NSW Governor.

It is a beautiful building, the grounds, fabulous views of the garden and the wonderful contents. The volunteers know so much about everything here.
They loved talking to us, and make it so interesting.
Find the magnificent Moreton Bay fig tree near front entrance planted in 1845 which is just stunning.
Check up on opening times. Normally the gardens are open daily (10am-4pm) and tours of the house are on Fridays to Sundays only (10.30-3.0pm). However they may close earlier depending on the functions they have.
The decor and elegance is outstanding and it is a magnificent place. The grounds are very nice to walk around in. Concerts and events are held there often.
The view from the terrace is wonderful.
It is absolutely well worth the visit- even just for the glorious gardens and their magical views down to the harbour.
We were taken through two entrance lobbies or halls, the Governor's office, the dining room, two drawing rooms and the ballroom. The architecture, interior decoration, furnishings and artifacts (clocks, ornaments, china, glassware etc) were both impressive and fascinating.We weren't allowed upstairs but even so felt we had been given a generous opportunity to view the main state rooms of the interior. No photographs allowed inside either, but you are free to photograph the gardens and the house from outside.
The inside and outside of the house is just gorgeous. The tour is only of the downstairs since it is an actual place of work.I think it is a must see if somebody is visiting the Botanical Gardens.

Date of experience: February 2017
4  Thank 838titusd
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Christine T
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