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Government House

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9931 5222
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can highly recommend joining the complimentary guided tour, and a wander around the private garden. Something to remember is that photo identification needs to be shown at the gatehouse, before entering the grounds. All handbags, backpacks etc are to be stored in the gatehouse cloakroom...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This magnificent sandstone mansion from the 1800’s is slightly off the beaten track. It is surrounded by lovely gardens, with lawns, trees, shrub, flower beds, fountains etc. Based on previous reviews we decided to give the interior tour a miss. Worth the detour for a...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We visited the House on a Sunday morning. It is a grand old place - set in the Botanical Gardens. Commanding awesome views of the Harbour and Gardens. If you like seeing older buildings this would suit you well. It is also FREE ! As...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the Government House and tour provided by Allan. Helpful to hear the history Australia and organization of it's government. Not often you get to enter the residence of the Governor General.

Thank mudrunner2016
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Really enjoyed getting to see the inside of this beautiful old house among a wonderful garden. Great historical information about the NSW Governor and the Monarchy included. A great visit and doesn't take very long to see either.

Thank Kris H
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

The house and gardens are just beautiful! The visit itself is a little desappointing, with too much talking and little visit. Since it is free, it is worth it!

Thank Alexandre C
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Is inside the botanical gardens, building is pretty nice but nothing amazing. This stop can be skipped

1  Thank gatocanada
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Government house was open on Australia day and is well worth the visit as it is so historical and rarely open. It is in beautiful condition and is a look into the past how the establishment lived.

Thank RossCSydney
Reviewed 26 April 2018

We asked a gardener but apparently it wasn't open. The gardens are spectacular and the manicured lawns are like bowling greens but the building shows the early style oif grand sandstone architecture.

Thank Llewellyn53
Reviewed 10 April 2018

We discovered Government house which is in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney. Although the Tour Guide was rambling the rooms are very impressive & the tour is free. It's only open certain days & you cannot book ahead. You'll also need driving licenses or passports...More

1  Thank thegees1
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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
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6 December 2016|
Response from Robin-likes-to-nom | 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.