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Government House


Victoria’s Government House, built between 1872 and 1876, is recognised for its historical, architectural, and aesthetic significance. According to the Victorian Heritage Register, Government House is considered to be one of the finest examples of 19th century residential architecture. Built during the economic boom of the Gold Rush when Melbourne was transformed from a small capital in a fledgling colony into ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, Government House characterises the high standard of design and craftsmanship of public buildings built during that period. Designed in the Italianate-style, the House is constructed in stucco-rendered brick on a bluestone foundation. The 48m ornamental tower provides a central focus for the three sections of the house – the State Apartments, the Private Apartments, and the Ballroom. Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC. The House is used extensively for the benefit of the Victorian community and is the primary venue for the Governor’s constitutional, ceremonial, community, and international engagement activities. It also houses the business offices for staff of the Office of the Governor.

What's On

Visitors are invited to tour the State Apartments, comprising the State Hall, State Drawing Room, State Dining Room, and the magnificent Ballroom. Learn about the historical and contemporary use of the house, and the role of the Governor in our constitutional democracy.

Images: (1) Government House - night. (2) State Dining Room. (3) State Hall. (4) Ballroom. (5) Drawing Room. ll photos Courtesy Government House Victoria.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 30 July
Open 10am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
No bookings required.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Fully wheelchair accessible
Accessible bathroom
Accessible parking nearby


Government House, 1 Government House Drive, Melbourne 3004

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