Tourism - Sydney, NSW
Government House Sydney welcomes visitors to the House and magnificent grounds of one of Australia's oldest buildings.
Built between 1837 and 1845, for the Governor of New South Wales, Government House was the most sophisticated Gothic Revival building in the colony.
The ground floor State Rooms include the dining room, drawing room and ballroom. These contain an outstanding collection of nineteenth and twentieth century furnishings and decoration that reflect changing styles and the differing tastes of the Governors and their wives. The first floor includes State Apartments that were used by the Governor, visiting members of the Royal Family and other Heads of State.
The house is sited in an important historic garden with exotic trees, shrubs, carriage ways, paths and terraces overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Government House Sydney and its grounds were opened to the public in 1996 under the care of the Historic Houses Trust. In December 2013, Government House resumed its role as the official Residence for the Governor of New South Wales.
Functions at Government House
The Governor and Mrs Hurley host Vice Regal functions at Government House. Such Vice Regal events include courtesy calls from Heads of State, Royalty, Spiritual Leaders, Ambassadors and Foreign Ministers as well as incoming and outgoing members of the Consular Corps. The Governor and Mrs Hurley also receive calls from various organisations and community representatives. Luncheons and dinners are hosted in the Dining Room of Government House.
The Governor and Mrs Hurley host Vice Regal receptions for various government, charitable and patronage organisations and to mark special occasions. For more information and criteria for these events please contact our Protocol Team.