Government House Closures and Special Days
As the venue for many Vice Regal functions throughout the year, we regret that from time to time Government House Sydney and Gardens may be closed to the public.
Closure dates are published on this website on regular basis so please check before you plan to visit.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Gardens open 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, 15 December 2017
Gardens open 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
House Tours at 10:30 am, 11:00 am & 11:30 am
Monday, 18 December 2017 - Sunday, 14 January 2018
House and Gardens ANNUAL CLOSURE
Guided Tours of the House resume from Friday, 18 January 2018
Friday, 26 January 2018
AUSTRALIA DAY - OPEN DAY
House and Gardens open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tours of Government House Sydney
Guided tours of Government House Sydney are conducted most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and on all public holidays (except Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Tours run every 30 minutes from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. The tour takes 45 minutes.
Prior registration is required before entering the house. Tickets are available from the Gatehouse next to the main gate.
A maximum 20 visitors can be accommodated on each tour. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Admission to Government House Sydney is free however, for security reasons all visitors are required to present valid identification when registering for a tour at the Gatehouse.
Types of valid identification include:
- Australian and International Passports
- Australian and International Drivers' Licences
- Medicare Card
- Australian Student Card
- Australian Seniors Card
- Australian Proof of Identification Cards
- A Birth or Citizenship Certificate
Groups of 10 or more may book a tour by prior arrangement. Please contact us during business hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) for further information.
The Gardens of Government House Sydney are open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (subject to Vice Regal functions).
Government House Sydney is located inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. The nearest gates to Government House are located on Macquarie Street to the left of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. From there it is a short walk to the main gate to Government House.
The nearest train station is at Circular Quay (10 minutes).
There are also regular bus services to and from Circular Quay and Phillip Street.
- There are a couple of steps leading into Government House Sydney
- There is no hand rail but ramps are available on request
- There are a couple of steps and ramps from the State Rooms to the Arcade and Eastern Terrace Garden with hand rails
- Apart from the main entrance and Arcade exit, all State Rooms have level access
- Accessible bathrooms are available
Parking for guests and visitors with disabilities is available in the grounds. Cars displaying a disability sticker can be parked at Reception. If your car does not have a disability sticker, please contact us during business hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) before hand to notify us about your parking needs.
Royal Botanic Garden’s gate to Government House is closed on weekends and public holidays. These gates will be opened routinely for guests arriving for a function. Visitors attending public tours must phone in advance to advise of their arrival in order for the gates to be opened for them.
Visitors arriving via public transport are advised that the closest accessible train station is Circular Quay. There is a lift from Circular Quay up to the Cahill Expressway (located at East Circular Quay). From the Cahill Expressway, access to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Government House can be reached.
For more information regarding tours and opening times please contact +612 9228 4111.