Australia Day at Government House

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Australia Day at Government House


26 January 2019
09:30 AM - 05:30 PM


Government House, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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Accessible event

$Free access

Anyone for a picnic? Bring a basket and stroll the astonishing gardens in and around Government House, home of the Governor of New South Wales.

This Australia Day, escape to an oasis in the heart of the city’s harbour-side celebrations for a free, fun and family-friendly experience at Government House, Sydney.

From 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, come on in and discover Sydney’s ‘Castle by the Harbour’.

Explore the exquisite state rooms, picnic in the magnificent gardens, kick back and enjoy the musical entertainment, dabble in a spot of croquet, check out displays and be charmed by the world’s cutest puppies from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

Life Education (including the giraffe Healthy Harold), Croquet NSW, the Bush Children’s Education Foundation, Quilt NSW, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, and the Kids Neuroscience Centre are amongst the community organisations participating. A donation can be made to support these community groups.

Musical performances will be provided by the thoroughly entertaining NSW Fire Brigade and NSW Police bands. Sausages will be sizzling with sales supporting the Scouts NSW.

About Government House

The Australia Day Open House continues to build on Government House Sydney’s reputation as the most accessible Vice Regal house in Australia. Subject to official functions, the gardens are open daily throughout the year and free tours are conducted most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Virtual tour

To get a sense of what is on offer take a virtual tour of Government House.

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The Governor, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), and Mrs Linda Hurley, invite you to take this opportunity to enjoy Government House and discover more about some of the wonderful community organisations of which it is their honour to be Patron.

Visit the Government House website

Like the Governor's Facebook page and follow his Instagram page.

Plan ahead

Leave the car at home. Extra public transport services are running to help you travel to and from Australia Day celebrations. Plan your trip at

To support the celebrations, road closures will be in place. 

Visit for details and real-time traffic conditions. For Sydney Harbour special event and safe boating information, visit or call 131 236.

Stay safe

Heatwave conditions are peaking across the Australia Day 2019 long weekend. Check for total fire bans and the fire danger rating in your area.

Be sun safe, eat well, drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing for summer weather conditions.

There is no BYO alcohol and no glass allowed at the Rocks, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Hickson Road Reserve, Circular Quay East, Darling Harbour, and Bradfield Park in North Sydney. 

Remember, Australia Day is for everyone. Be respectful of people at all times.

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