The building of the Government House was erected in 1845 to replace the old one, which was demolished immediately after the erection. This is the house of government of the state New South Wales. It is made in the form of a castle project by the English architects. It is not a big building. Even if you look at the museums that are located in the neighborhood, you can see that the main museums twice or even three times bigger than the Government House. The Government House works for its intended purpose from Monday to Thursday, and excursions are conducted from Friday to Sunday. The entrance is free. And this opens an important Australian feature – openness and trust. The representatives of the government are ready not only to show people how and in what conditions they work, but also do this at their own expense. Earlier, governors lived in the Government House with their families. This tradition does not exist anymore. The governor and his family lives separately, so excursions are possible. Of course, nobody works in the House these days. You can get inside the building for a guided tour only after taking a ticket at the entrance to the yard. The tickets are needed only to adjust the size of the groups. Visitors can see the reception office, the office of the Governor, the dining room, where formal banquets are held, the lounge and the ballroom. There are portraits of all governors who worked there. The interior is pretty simple and created with taste, there is no overwhelming luxury, but at the same time, it is marked that the furniture is good and made to order. All ceilings and walls are painted in a manual way very skillfully. The restoration of the hall, for example, took a year. The guided tour takes only an hour, so that the guide manages to tell quite a lot without tiring visitors.
10:30 - 15:00
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (+61) 2 9228 4111
33° 51′ 35.71″ S, 151° 12′ 54.03″ E