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Government House

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Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9931 5222
10:30 - 15:00
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A Pleasant Surprise

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank James C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Tripmode33
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Watcherdoon
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank Madalyn H
Orange, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Lucked out going to the government house. We were on our way to the opera house when we sort of "lost our way" and ended up at the government house. There was a marathon event going on and it was open to the public that day. Beautiful garden with amazing views!

Thank Ria V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I was third time lucky, after being turned away twice (due to last minute changes to the Government House operations schedule), I finally snagged a coveted slot in the Government Slot. Just show up about 30 minutes before the first tour that starts at 1030am at the guard house. My guide, Karl is very knowledgeable at the space, despite being... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This house of a little castle style is a hidden gem in Sydney's Botanic Gardens! It's definitely worth having a look for its lovely architecture. Open every day, free admission, tours start every half an hour and the guides are very knowledgeable!

Thank KarolaRS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Went here and joined the free tour. Great tour guide who was very knowledgeable and full of great stories. Beautiful well kept house still used by encumbent Governor General when in Sydney. Gardens are spectacular. Great views from some of the windows up the harbour towards Manly. Well worth a visit.

Thank cakeAuckland
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Our family (with 2 boys aged 7 and 4) had a lovely time on the free tour which is offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Every staff member we met was warm and friendly and our tour guide was extremely informative with nuggets of interesting information about the house and its residents both present and past. We really appreciated the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Daisy was very knowledgeable about the government house as well as all the historical information of each of the traditions of the governors. The history was very interesting, and all the State rooms are in very good condition. The governor sure is a very busy man to carry out his duty. Well worth the visit. The only rule is that... More 

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