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Government House

Architect: William Wardell and JJ Clarke 1872-1874

City of Melbourne | C61

Building Description

Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, and is the primary venue for the Governor’s constitutional, ceremonial, community and international engagement activities. It also houses the business offices and staff of the Office of the Governor. The State Dining Room table is almost the length of a cricket pitch and seats 54 people. The Ballroom is the grandest room in the House and can accommodate up to 1000 guests. The tower is 44m (145 feet) high. The flag is the Governor's personal standard, flying at all times except when the Governor is not in the State of Victoria.

What's On

Take a self-guided tour of the State Apartments. Enjoy the pianist performing as you roam through the State Drawing Room and soak in the history that’s on display in the Billiards Room. See the State Dining Table set for a State dinner and be awe of the stunning Ballroom.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–3pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Access: Fully accessible, all ages.

  • Notes: Expect queues

  • Building Type: Government

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Tram stop 18: St Kilda Rd/Coventry St on routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Government House

Location

Government House Drive, Melbourne 3004, Melbourne VIC

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