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Government House

Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9931 5222
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
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"free tour"
in 18 reviews
"new south wales"
in 11 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 18 reviews
"photo id"
in 5 reviews
"guided tour"
in 13 reviews
"past governors"
in 4 reviews
"gothic revival"
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"governor's office"
in 2 reviews
"state rooms"
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"small castle"
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"tour takes about minutes"
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"moreton bay"
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"outstanding building"
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"fig tree"
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"short walk from the opera house"
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"magnificent place"
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"grand building"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I intended to visit here on my visit last year but didn't realise you need to show ID so don't make the same mistake! You have to take the free guided tour. You can't walk around on your own. You get tickets from the office....More

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. It is by guided tour only and is both interesting and informative. Afterwards enjoy a walk in the gardens.

Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is quite unique; the Government House Sydney is on the property of the Royal Botanic Gardens. While we were walking towards that mansion, we saw some humongous trees. They were quite old and it attracted people to admire them. We can walk to the...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

The Government house is a great place to see while in Sydney. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed walking around the building and leaning about the history. It was a nice free activity and something fun to do on the weekend.

Thank reneek22
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

This Gothic Revival style house is the home of the Governor of the state of New South Wales. It is a lovely building situated in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is easy to get to this building from Circular Quay. Walk past Ferry Wharf #2...More

1  Thank JuneTL
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Take ID to be scanned for your free ticket to tour this beautiful building and learn some of its history. It’s a nice tour and the price is right.

1  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

Attended a private function hosted by The Governor, great music, fabulous food and given the run of the lower floor, invited to try the furniture, look around, enjoy the place. Absolutely beautiful grounds and building, furnishings and art. Enjoyed every minute of my visit.

Thank FilBee
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We visited the Government House during the Open Sydney event. We were able to visit the rooms and take pictures inside. There are usually guided tours, but on this day it was self guided, but plenty of knowledge staff on hand to answer any questions....More

Thank nickss1
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

The 45 minute guided tour at Government House is a real gem. Learn a little about the history of all of the Governors, see their portraits and coats of arms. A lovely Australian Heritage building in daily use, not a museum.

Thank RG02
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Government House as part of a delegation. A magnificent building housing some of the vice regal history of NSW set in beautiful grounds overlooking the harbour - what's not to like! Highly recommended!

Thank John B
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Ndgrammy
5 December 2016|
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Response from Rowan W | Reviewed this property |
There is no self guided tour, you have to go on the organised tour which from memory takes about an hour or two.
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